Should I add a toilet to my bedroom or create an ensuite?
If you live with other family members or housemates, then you should know what it’s like to share a bathroom with them. It could be a bit burdensome at times, especially when everyone decides that they need to shower at the same time.
Fortunately, there’s a simple solution to the toilet shortage crisis in your home. If you read the title, you’ll know that the simple answer is to build an additional bathroom right home. Overwhelming?
A big factor here is the en suite bathroom cost. An en suite bathroom has been made popular, since generally the minimum space needed for a new en suite bathroom is quite easily found within the floor plans of your existing master bedroom. An en suite directly helps your house appreciate with value, and an adjoining bathroom with a shower room is often the joy of a homeowner.
Where can you build another bathroom?
While technically you can build a bathroom anywhere you like, there are a few places that are recommended over others for practicality and feasibility reasons. Here are some common places that homeowners typically design their additional bathroom to be.
The space dedicated for walk-in wardrobes is typically big enough to build a decent-sized bathroom. If you can see yourself living without a walk-in wardrobe, then consider converting that area into a more practical bathroom.
If you're looking to be putting an en suite near your bedroom, you should consider designing it to have the same floor, to be able to fit either a wet room enclosure or a shower enclosure, and consider if the tight space of the walk in wardrobe is too narrow to allow the bathroom door to open outwards. If the other existing bathroom in your house also has certain design motifs like floor tiles or a basic electric shower, you will want to be able to replicate that in your other bathroom, making both bathrooms look like a cohesive, stylish and functional unit.
Assuming that your walk-in wardrobe is attached to your bedroom, you could turn it into an en suite bathroom. More on that later. Now you’ll have a private bathroom all to yourself.
Under the stairs
Another feasible place to build a bathroom is the space below your stairs. This bathroom will probably be simple and designed for practical reasons which are really all you need. Do make sure that there is enough space for a person of average height to fit in.
You wouldn’t want to bend down in a cramped space every time you have to use the bathroom. One downside to having a bathroom under the stairs is the lack of windows. Since there is no natural air circulation, make sure to install a vent for ventilation.
Corridors and hallways
For long corridors without any room at the end, you can squeeze in a half-bathroom with careful planning and design. A half-bathroom consists of only a basin and toilet which is sufficient for practical purposes. If there is enough space, try installing a shower as well. Again, this requires meticulous planning to maximise the space you have.
If your house has built-in wardrobes that are back-to-back in adjacent rooms, you can consider uninstalling them and building a shared bathroom instead. Doors can be installed on both sides of the bathroom for easy access from both rooms. If it is big enough, there can be a separate private space for the toilet and shower stall such that more than one person can use the bathroom at once.
Can I put a toilet in my bedroom?
You can totally build a bathroom in your bedroom which is also known as an en suite bathroom. Out of all the options previously mentioned, an en suite bathroom is what entices people the most. You get to have a private bathroom all to yourself without the hassle of going out of your room and finding out that the common bathroom is occupied.
Depending on your personal preference for the kind of bathroom you want, you have to first ensure that there is enough space in your room. For a full bath, a larger space will be required. If you don’t need a tub and can make do with just a sink, toilet, and shower, then a smaller space will do. As a rough guide, you’ll need a space with the dimensions of 1m by 2m for a smaller-sized bathroom.
Next, you have to decide on the location of your bathroom. Feasible plumbing conditions have to be accounted for. For this step, you’ll probably have to consult an expert to help you decide where the best place is to build an en suite bathroom.
As a rule of thumb, the bathroom should be in close and convenient proximity to existing pipeworks. This way, the water supply can flow to your bathroom. If the existing pipes are nowhere near the intended location of the bathroom, then there will likely be more complications when it comes to the actual installation of the bathroom. Not to mention that it will also be more expensive.
Ventilation and lighting
While it’s ideal and recommended that your bathroom has a window that can be opened, this is not possible all the time. An open window facing the sun can provide natural light to the bathroom and better air circulation. This allows the bathroom to feel more spacious and open.
However, if you can’t install a window, there’s no need to worry. For better ventilation, you can simply install an inline fan on the ceiling of the bathroom. Again, you should consult a professional to see what else you can do that is both effective and cost-efficient.
Lighting is extremely important as a well-lit bathroom can make it seem more spacious and less cramped. There are many affordable quality choices of lighting available in the market today. Ceiling spotlights are a good choice to incorporate bright and pleasant lighting.
Tips for small bathrooms
Finally, with careful planning and design, a small bathroom can be executed well to make it a practical and pleasant space to use. Opt for lighter and neutral colours as they help to reflect light and create the illusion of space. Mirrors have that effect as well. Choose see-through glass panels as partitions to make the bathroom feel larger.
Before you go ahead with your plans, do show your proposal to a professional. This can help you to maximise your space and they may suggest the most cost-efficient methods to install your bathroom.
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