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5 Essential Things for a DIY Basement Bathroom Project

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A family’s dynamics reflects the current state of a house. Storage rooms or playrooms are converted to bedrooms, basements transformed into dens or recreational areas, etc. A finished basement boosts the home’s square footage and may add substantially to the value of the property. It goes without saying that you have contacted your local building authority about your improvement plans.

Any major basement conversion deserves a bathroom. The bathroom itself is another value-adding venture that you can plan. You can even pick out the fixtures and perform some of the installations yourself. Being hands-on helps you keep track of expenses, mainly if you are on a tight budget.

1. Toilet
It is the centerpiece of the bathroom. You can install a toilet that works in above-grade rooms, which, in real estate terminology, mean those located above the ground. You can also find something more attuned to the basement as far as pressure and clogging go. Examples are composting toilets, upflush toilets, and pressure-assisted toilets.

Pro tip: the upflush toilet is expensive but easy to install because it can connect directly to the sewer line and eliminate the need to access the sewer lines underneath the floor. It is also not prone to clogging and can last longer.

2. Sink
On the one hand, you have a pedestal sink that looks solid, simple, and stylish. And on the other hand, you have a cabinet sink that promises storage for your toiletries, bath towels, and cleaning supplies. Your choice depends on the area of the place and the aesthetic you want to achieve. Take note that the task of adding a sink to the bathroom is similar to that of installing a toilet. 

Pro tip: there are many ways to build a sink on your bathroom vanity. 

3. Shower
A walk-in shower looks sophisticated with its half-open doors or with no doors at all. The lack of enclosures can work for smaller bathrooms, creating a streamlined and less claustrophobic effect. If you stick to a regular shower, think of glass, curtains, and glass blocks for a shower wall. Moreover, pay close attention to the shower size in relation to the room and the fixtures, such as a bench or tub, that may be added to it.

Pro tip: showers are one of the primary consumers of water at home, with standard showerheads utilizing 2.5 gallons of water per minute, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. In shopping for showerheads, look for the label bearing WaterSense, which ensures that the product has met the agency’s standards for water efficiency.

4. Bathroom Faucets
They go to the sink and tub and appear in a variety of form, finish, and faucet material. One major consideration is the durability of these fixtures. They must not be susceptible to rust or corrosion, and they should be easy to clean. The metal used to make the faucet will determine this quality and dictate the price. For bathtubs, the popular types for faucets are freestanding, wall-mounted, and roman tub.

Pro tip: like the showerhead, there are also water-efficient faucets in the market.

5. Gray Water Pump
One of the intricate and complex tasks relating to a basement bathroom is managing wastewater and keeping it out of the newly laminated floors. Against this backdrop, installing gray water pumps may help you in that sewerage department. Their function is to drain dirty water from the bath, sink, dishwasher, or in the case of a washing machine, suds. The installation is relatively effortless, centering on the four main connections.

Pro tip: aside from basements, water pumps are typically used in utility rooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens. Indeed, these pumps are built to take food particles and grease from kitchen sinks.

This is a high-level overview of the key fixtures to furnish your bathroom. There could be more accessories or supplies to buy to add for comfort and function. What is essential is for the bathroom to help the basement live up to its promise of more living space for the family.

One last pro tip: go for substance over style so that your bathroom looks timeless. 






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