Is It Worth Installing A Basement Bathroom Now If You're Planning To Remodel Later?

Posted on: 30 June 2016

If your home has an unfinished basement, you might still be waffling between adding flooring and drywall to convert it into a family area or simply leaving it unfinished and using it for storage. In the meantime, you may be considering rerouting some of your plumbing to install a makeshift bathroom until you make your final decision. However, if you're just interested in the "bones" of the structure and will likely remodel at a later date regardless of whether you keep the rest of your basement unfinished, many bathroom building plans could be too elaborate. Read on to learn more about the mechanics of installing a simple bathroom in your basement to help you make your decision.

What will go into building your own basement restroom?

One of the advantages of an unfinished basement is easy access to plumbing supply lines and other necessary components of a restroom. Rather than having to drill through (and then replace or patch) drywall, you'll often need only to add or move piping that's already located outside the wall. And because you'll be interested only in the function of the bathroom, rather than its appearance, you'll be able to do much of the finish work yourself, bringing in a licensed plumber like South West Plumbing to reroute pipes and installing the toilet and sink on your own.

Creating a basement restroom will require, at a minimum, several lengthy sections of PVC pipe or copper pipe (and a saw capable of cutting either type of pipe), several wrenches, and a toilet and sink. Essentially, all a plumber will need to do is reroute the existing plumbing to the locations where you'd like your toilet and sink to be. However, in some cases, this may require your plumber to drill through the concrete floor to locate your main drain pipe, which will require the additional services of a small jackhammer or heavy-duty drill. 

How much will it cost to install a makeshift restroom in your basement? 

Installing a showroom-ready restroom in your basement can be a costly endeavor -- but this is largely due to the cost of finishes, like lighting, bathroom cabinets, and even crown molding. Simply having your existing plumbing rerouted to accommodate a toilet and sink should cost you only around $600 to $800 per line moved, making this a much less expensive option. Even a makeshift, no-frills bathroom should add enough value to your home to pay for itself if you find yourself unexpectedly moving shortly after its installation.

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