Are you thinking about installing a basement bathroom? Although costs for installation basement bathroom do not differ from an upper level, this project is not simple. Installing a new basement bathroom includes new bathroom plumbing installation, which is the largest component of your budget. The cost of installing basement bathroom lines can even dominate your budget, so set your priorities wisely, choosing where to splurge and where to save. Costs for a basement bathroom installation do not differ from an upper level ones. However, running water lines, the concrete foundation and providing drainage system make it rather different.
So, before taking on basement renovation of this size investigate some things. Rough plumbing bathroom installation can be tricky and complicated; therefore, it should be left to the certified contractors.
Check over some issues to take into consideration before installing basement bathroom.
- Contact local building authority to find out required permits and restrictions.
- Choose location as closer as possible to existing plumbing and electrical wiring. Typically, the most cost-effective location is directly beneath an upstairs bathroom.
- Estimate the scope of your project: the size of your bathroom, its completeness – tub and shower, only a bath, with/without a toilet and a sink.
- Set a budget; make a list of necessary features with your contractor. Do not spend more than 15% of home’s value unless you are sure you will live in this house for more than five years.
- Contact your local public works department to review the details of your existing plumbing:
- If your current drainage pipes have sufficient size
- If the sewer has enough depth that will allow your basement bathroom to work on gravity in the same way your plumbing does upstairs
- Or, in case, if you use a septic tank instead, the depth of your home’s septic lines
- If there is not enough slope for your drainage lines be ready to excavate the ground below the basement floor
- Assume whether your flow rate is not low
- Make sure, if you have back flow valve, prevents sewage from backing up in the toilet, installed. If it is necessary, get a permit to install it.
- Think of desired toilet options: pressure-assisted toilet; up-flushing toilet; composting toilet and sewer ejector systems.
- Consider different lighting options combining natural lighting and glass-block windows, ceiling lights and vanity lights.