As a homeowner, it is pretty likely you’ve thought about how nice it would be to add an extra bathroom. Finally putting a bathroom in your basement, building that luxury master bath, or adding a guest bathroom can be a huge upgrade for your home. And, as a bonus, an extra bathroom can greatly increase your home’s value.
In this guide, we’ll explain everything you need to know to add another bathroom to your home.
Choosing a Location for the New Bathroom Remodel
The location of your new bathroom can make a huge difference in price, especially if you can tie the new bathroom to existing plumbing.
In many cases, you can construct a new bathtub without adding to the footprint of your home. We see many homeowners choose to convert an oversized closet, use the space under a stairwell, sacrifice a portion of the attic, or even split up a large existing bathroom.
If all else fails, or if you would prefer to keep all the existing spaces in your home, you can always build a home addition and take a few square feet out of your yard.
As a bare minimum, you will need 3×6 foot space to add a half bathroom. A bath with a shower and/or a full tub will need to be larger, about 5×8.
For a truly luxurious bathroom, add even more space and consider making room for both a freestanding tub and a separate shower.
Optimizing your New Bathroom Addition for Ventilation
Proper ventilation is vital to a well-functioning bathroom. Ideally, your bathroom should have an exterior wall with a window or roof access with a skylight.
If your bathroom does not have an exterior wall, you will need a fan to keep moisture from building up. Using a fan for air circulation is a good idea even if you do have a window.
Designing Your Ideal Bathroom Addition
There are a variety of styles and materials you can choose from to make your bathroom feel luxurious:
Luxury Bathroom Materials
Natural stone is one of the most popular bathroom remodeling trends at the moment, for both floors and walls. Marble, slate, limestone, granite, or other materials can instantly upgrade the feel of any bathroom.
For vanities, natural wood textures are on trend and create a relaxing atmosphere. Teak and bamboo are especially popular luxury choices.
Shower, Bathtub, and Furniture Style
Many of our clients, particularly those who are designing large bathrooms, are looking for something different from the traditional combined shower and bathtub.
You should also consider using a unique sink basin style. An eye-catching tabletop sink, wall-mount sink, or undermount sink could really show off your style.
Bathroom Color Scheme
In addition to materials and shower styles, it’s important to consider color in your bathroom remodel. Color has an enormous impact on your mood and may change the type of lighting you need in your new bathroom addition.
White is traditional and classic, but far from the only choice. You may prefer a black and white bathroom, natural wood furnishings, ocean-like blue and green tiles, a sophisticated color scheme with charcoal shades, or your own unique color combination.
Don’t forget about the color of your fixtures, including shower hardware, sink handles, and cabinet drawer pulls. In most cases, they should all match. Brass and gold remain popular; we are also seeing more and more matte black fixtures.
Modern Bathroom Lighting
Good lighting is vital in any closed-off room, including your bathroom.
Some homeowners who prefer to feature other aspects of their bathroom use simple ceiling lights to light up the room. To create more visibility in commonly-used areas, consider adding downlights or floor lights.
On the other hand, homeowners who want to add a unique flair to their bathroom during a remodel often choose sconce lighting, pendant lighting, or even a chandelier.
There are thousands of different styles out there, so don’t settle for a light fixture you don’t love.
Budgeting for a New Bathroom Addition
A bathroom remodel can cost anywhere from $25,000 to well over $100,000, depending on the bathroom size, plumbing changes, and the part of the country you live in. If you are adding square footage to your home, the cost could be significantly higher.
If you live in a relatively low-cost-of-living, low-construction-cost area and are adding a small bathroom that can be tied to existing plumbing, your price will likely be in the lower end of that range. Homeowners who are remodeling in expensive cities, want a larger bathroom, or need to make substantial changes to their plumbing systems can expect to spend much more.
To find out how much your bathroom remodel will cost, get quotes from several bathroom remodeling contractors in your area. Make sure you know what is included in each quote, as different contractors may choose higher or lower quality furnishing options that require different amounts of labor.
Hiring Contractors for Your Bathroom Remodel or Bathroom Addition
Hiring a professional bathroom remodeling company is a must. Any electrical or plumbing work must be done to current codes, and proper permitting must be obtained. You will need to be extra careful if your home is on a septic system, which may or may not be able to withstand adding another bathroom.
To find the best remodel contractor for your bathroom project, ask friends, neighbors, and community members for recommendations or search for local contractors online. Once you have a list of several candidates, you can narrow your choices down by conducting phone interviews, comparing portfolios, checking references, and visiting finished projects. To make your final decision, compare bids from the 3-4 best candidates.
If you are looking for a kitchen and/or bathroom remodeling contractor in the Seattle Eastside area, consider SSR. We offer a complete Design-Build service so you don’t have to worry about anything during your project. Check out our online portfolio!