Add a bathroom to your home

  Proposed new bathroom location

Proposed new bathroom location

If you own a home with only one bathroom, you’ve probably wished you had a second one many times. Adding a second bathroom will help you avoid walks up and down the stairs, while at the same time increase the resale value of your home.

Adding a bathroom starts by choosing a location (or a few locations) large enough. A quick consult with a renovator or licensed plumber will let you know if your location works with your homes existing plumbing. For example, if your new bathroom is on the second floor, the direction of floor joists and location of your existing plumbing will have a bearing on your choice.

If you are tight for space, a two piece powder room can be as small as 3 x 6 feet. A three piece bathroom will fit in a 5 x 8 ft space. Things like small corner sinks and pocket doors can be used to coax a bathroom into a small space.

Replace your bathtub with a walk-in shower


When you renovate your bathroom, you may want to replace your existing bathtub with a walk in shower. Since most bathtubs are a standard 60 inches long, the home improvement suppliers have developed standard 60 inch long shower solutions designed to fit the space. 

Although the choices may seem overwhelming, it really comes down to choosing a shower pan, wall system and door that fits your budget and design vision. Choices range from shower “kits” all the way to complete custom tile jobs. 

In most cases, the renovation will include removing the existing wall tiles as well as the drywall or plaster around your bathtub. Replacing your shower valve and installing lumber in the walls to support grab bars and shelves is always a good idea since the walls will be open. Once the shower components get installed, the walls and floor in the rest of your bathroom renovation can blend in to your new shower area and you’ll soon forget you ever had the old tub.