Tips on Changing the Under Stairs into a Bathroom
We all dream of bigger homes with additional amenities. However, budgets are not quite what they used to be so unfortunately this dream cannot be made a reality for a lot of people. With some creative ideas, you can get the most out of your own home and add the additional amenities that you need. Many new builds have both an upstairs and a downstairs toilet. However, with older builds, one upstairs toilet is common place. If you have children in the home, an elderly person or a family member with a disability then a downstairs toilet is much more convenient. Having said this; here are some useful tips on how you can turn the under stairs of your home into a much needed bathroom:
1. Hire a Designer
Hire a bathroom designer to oversee the project. They will have expert design software which can produce multiple manipulations of how the finished project will look. This can allow you to choose the most suitable layout before you commit to any construction work. You will also have someone with experience and expertise in the area and so can help you to make the most affordable and effective transformation.
Some under stairs may easily allow the fitting of a window into the under stairs which can provide ventilation. However, this may not always be viable or cost effective. It may be easier to just install an extractor fan or vents. It would certainly be more affordable.
Take the tallest member of the family and get them to stand under the stairs. This will give you an approximate idea of the headroom that is needed. Research toilet and sink sizes and work this into the equation. Measure the width of the stairs and try to envision how far out you could bring the extension without making your home look ridiculous.
4. Talk to a Plumber
If you are fitting an under stairs bathroom, you will need it to be connected to the soil pipe and the water mains. Get a plumber in first to access the piping systems of your house. They will be able to advise on how best to connect your new bathroom to the piping and how big of a job it is going to be.
5. Use bright colours
Your bathroom is going to be situated in a naturally dark area with no incoming light. Use bright colours on the walls as this make the space seem bigger too. Ensure that the flooring matches your hallway for consistency.
Given that it is such a small space, a touch wall light may suffice for lighting. It may be more affordable than a switch lighting system and can be easy for the little ones to turn on and off.
7. Toilet Type
If connecting a regular toilet to the soil pipe is appearing to be a lengthy, expensive job, consider other toilet types. A macerating toilet, although a more expensive unit, would cut out the need to be connected to a soil pipe and could prove more cost effective in the long run. Essentially, this type of toilet liquefies any waste or toilet paper.