Add Value To Your Home With A Half Bath In Your Basement
Whether you have a finished basement or not adding a half bath to your basement will make your life a lot easier and add great value to your property. Is your main drain below slab or above? You may have to locate your new half bath within the proximity of your main drain. This will allow for cost savings and ease of installation.
A half bath can include many aspects and designs that you will discover in a full bath. Small spaces such as that of a half bath can be a challenge to design. The smaller footprint gives us little room to move so we have to choose your layout and design amenities carefully. For example a pedestal sink is a great choice for a half bath because it is elegant and takes less space than a vanity. A corner sink or wall mounted sink are different variations of a pedestal sink but serve the same function. Elegance with a smaller footprint.
A round toilet takes up less space than conventional oval shaped toilets. This brings us to the door. Usually the door swings into the bath so using a round toilet can get you an extra inch or two to clear the swinging door. If you have the resources available look into having a pocket door installed. This will allow you to free up some extra needed space.
Design your half bath with architectural details using moldings and wall treatments. This will enhance the look and add even more value to your home. You should go all out fancy here because it is such a small space you wont need much materials to finish it off. The small amount of extras will pay off for you and the home value.
Crown moldings, chair rail, picture molding, wainscoting, a fancy door, built in shelves are some or all of the design elements you can use to make this half bath a gem.
The floor is another design feature you should go high end with. Marble, granite, porcelain, travertine are great materials to consider. Visit your local tile store and they will have so many colors, shapes and textures to choose from it will make your head spin.
If you have extra space a free standing table can be used creatively to display candles, hand towels, photos, a clock or whatever your theme is. Maybe you can find a matching medicine cabinet or mirror to complete the half bath.
Storage space is a commodity when it comes to half baths so think about using creative techniques for storage. Shelves can be built in to the wall cavity or into a corner. Tiered hanging baskets can be used to store small items like soap, hand towels, cosmetics, phone etc. Hooks behind the door or elsewhere are good spots for robes and towels.
One last thing, you should always consider installing an exhaust fan. This will mitigate moisture build up and keep your half bath air quality fresh and clean.