Older homes often have an abundance of charming features and a an attractive, graceful style. But what they often don't have is a conveniently located bathroom for guests to use when visiting. Instead, visitors may be forced to traipse upstairs or through family sleeping areas in order to use the bathroom or freshen up for dinner. Adding a well-designed guest bathroom in the main part of the home can be an excellent way to make guests feel more welcome, while allowing family members to enjoy more privacy. If you are a homeowner of an older home who is considering the addition of a guest bathroom, here are some things to consider before you begin the project.
What type of guest bath best will best fit your family's needs?
Instead of automatically opting to install a small half-bath with just a commode and sink, homeowners may want to decide if a larger bathroom design might be more practical for their family's needs. For example, families who regularly entertain overnight guests may want to opt for the addition of a full bath instead, in order to gain an extra shower or bathtub.
Age may also be a factor in the type and size of guest bath homeowners ultimately decide to install. For example, older homeowners may want to opt for a guest bath design that works well for mobility-impaired users, such as one with space for wheelchairs or walkers. Younger families who regularly host guests with small children may want to incorporate features that make the guest bath more child-friendly, such as including a comfortable changing table or a place for a toddler's potty seat.
What can be done to make adding a guest bath more affordable in an older home?
Cost is often a concern for homeowners when considering any home renovation project. When thinking about the addition of a guest bathroom, homeowners should look for ways to reduce costs by making the most of the existing plumbing system. For instance, a guest bathroom that can be located near an existing water and sewer lines, such as near a kitchen, laundry room, or existing bathroom, may cost much less to install than one that will require running several feet of new plumbing lines.
Getting hot water to the area where a guest bath will be located is also an important consideration for homeowners when designing these spaces. If the guest bath cannot be located near an existing hot water heater, adding a small tank-free water heating system may be a good choice.
When considering the addition of a guest bathroom in any older home, homeowners should always begin by discussing their plans with a plumbing contractor who specializes in plumbing system installations and modifications.