When renovating your home, adding a second (or third) bathroom can be an extremely valuable choice. But it is one that takes some planning, particularly when it comes to plumbing in a new sink, toilet, and bath/shower. We’ll explore the idea of adding another bathroom and some of the things to consider.
What are the benefits of adding an extra bathroom?
The main reason to add an extra bathroom to your home is everyday convenience. If you’re a family of four all sharing one bathroom, then there can be a lot of waiting around, especially if you all leave for work and school at a similar time in the morning. A second bathroom speeds things up and means less queueing.
It can also be handy when you have guests over. Having a bathroom downstairs saves guests from having to go upstairs, which can sometimes feel a little more invasive depending on how close you are. It also means that two people can use the bathroom at the same time if you have a lot of guests.
Adding an en suite to your master bedroom can also provide you with more privacy and make middle of the night or early morning bathroom trips less disruptive if you have guests staying over.
The cost and value of adding an extra bathroom
There are clearly a lot of benefits of adding an extra bathroom if you plan to continue living in the house. But what if you’re trying to sell? An extra bathroom does make a home more attractive to buyers and can increase the resale value of your home, but is it enough to justify the costs?
Of course, the cost of adding a new bathroom will vary greatly depending on the size and what kind of facilities you want to include. But HomeAdvisor places the average cost in 2020 at $15,000. At the same time, the increase in value will vary a lot. Some reports say you could add anywhere between 10-20% extra to your home’s value, depending on whether you’re adding a full-bath or a half-bath.
How to add a new bathroom
There are a lot of things to consider before you add a second bathroom. The location in your house is important. Is there already space to add another bathroom or will you require an extension? The location may also make it easier or more difficult to install the new plumbing required for your bathroom.
It is a good idea to consult with a plumber when planning your new bathroom to ensure that the logistics of plumbing in your new facilities are carefully considered. If you’re adding a new bathroom or renovating an existing bathroom around Lewisville, Clemmons, or Winston Salem, then get in touch for our advice and services.