Many homes have a dark and dusty cupboard under the stairs which is full of junk, or perhaps an empty utility room that is rarely used. One way that you can make better use of this space is by adding a downstairs bathroom, which can increase the value of your house. There are many benefits to doing this, from reducing queues for the bathroom to saving guests from having to traipse upstairs and hunt through rooms to find the family bathroom. We’ve put together a handy guide of the key things to remember when adding a new downstairs bathroom.
Call in the professionals
Consult a plumber before making any changes. They will be able to advise you on how the current plumbing and drainage facilities will affect the layout and positioning of the new bathroom, and whether extra work will be required such as moving walls and adding studwork. Take detailed measurements so that you know exactly how much space you have to work with before making any purchases.
Choose the right suite
Find a smaller toilet, such as a short projection back to wall model which intrudes less on the limited space you are working with. Choosing the right basin is also an important decision. A corner basin is a good use of space in a small bathroom, and a slim basin unit with built in cupboards will ensure you have storage space available. Alternatively, a wall hung basin will help the room to look more spacious, as having more of the floor on show can help a small room to feel more open. You can then add a narrow shelf if storage is required. Add a hook for a hand towel and that really is all you need- if you try to fit too much into a small space, it can start to feel claustrophobic.
Make the space feel bigger
Your decorating choices can go a long way to helping a poky bathroom feel more spacious. If your bathroom doesn’t include a window, use strategically placed spotlights to ensure the whole space is lit up. Opt for lighter colours on walls and floors to brighten up the room. If you are using tiles, consider large format tiles, as fewer grout lines will look smoother and not break up the space as much. You could even use the same tiles on the floor and ceiling, as the continuity will help the room to appear larger. Adding a mirror can also help the space feel bigger, as it bounces light around the room.
It is easy to be put off by the amount of work required in adding a bathroom, but following our guide will help you to find that it is a worthwhile addition to any home.