Nothing says elegance and class like a bathroom in your basement. But basement bathrooms aren't as simple as they look.
In order to have a functional, stylish basement bathroom, you'll need to carefully consider your options. It takes an expert to know what type of basement bathroom will fit your renovation project.
A typical bathroom in a house is about 40 to 100 square feet, enough to comfortably fit a sink, toilet, and shower or bathtub. But when you're dealing with a basement bathroom, you're often working with less space. This means that you have to be more strategic about your layout and design.
From small powder rooms to luxurious full bathrooms, there are many types of basement bathrooms to choose from depending on your square footage, basement layout, and personal preferences.
Here's a look at some of the most popular options:
Space is often limited in basements, which is why half-bathrooms are a common option. Sometimes called a powder room or a guest bathroom, a half-bathroom is the smallest type of bathroom, typically measuring around 18 to 30 square feet. It contains a sink and toilet, but no shower or bathtub.
It allows you to have a functional bathroom without taking up too much space. Since half-bathrooms don't have to accommodate a shower or bathtub, they're relatively easy and inexpensive to install.
Three-quarter bathrooms are a step up from half-bathrooms in terms of both size and features. They typically contain a sink, toilet, and shower, but no bathtub and are usually between 30 and 60 square feet.
They offer more space, privacy, and convenience than a half-bathroom, but don’t require as much space as a full bathroom. It’s a perfect choice if you want the option of showering in your basement or if you plan to use your basement for entertaining purposes.
It's common to see full bathrooms on the main floor, but some homeowners also choose to install them in their basements. A full bathroom contains all the features of a typical bathroom: sink, toilet, shower, and bathtub.
It offers more space, privacy, and luxury than half and three-quarter bathrooms. However, it requires more space and can be more expensive to install. This type of bathroom is a good option if you have a large basement or if you plan to use your basement as a primary living space, such as for bedrooms or family rooms.
Unlike other types of basement bathrooms, an ensuite bathroom, also called a primary bathroom, is directly attached to a bedroom. They usually contain all the features of a full bathroom, but they can also be a half- or a three-quarter bathroom, depending on your space, needs, and preferences.
While they require more planning and can be more expensive to install than other types of bathrooms, they offer the privacy, convenience, and luxury of having your own bathroom attached to your bedroom.
If you have the space and the budget, you can even turn an ensuite bathroom into a spa-like retreat with a spacious shower, soaking tub, dual vanities, heated floors, and soft rugs. It's a great way to add value to your home and make your basement feel like an extension of your living space.
Build an Oasis-like Bathroom in Your Basement
Adding a bathroom to your basement is a great way to add value to your home, increase your living space, and provide privacy and convenience to your family and guests.
But with so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which type of basement bathroom is right for your needs, space, and budget.
At Kurmak Builders, our team of experts can help assess your space, discuss your needs and wants, recommend the best type of basement bathroom, and build a functional and stylish bathroom that will be the envy of your neighbourhood.
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