In many cases, it's possible to create a tiny half bathroom out of unused or wasted space, like the space beneath a staircase.
(PRWEB) January 24, 2014
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There are many reasons a family might want to add an extra bathroom to their home – if a family is growing, to give guests extra privacy, or even to increase accessibility. Fortunately, unlike many other home additions, small half bathrooms can often be added to unused parts of the home, increasing utility without the headache of adding square footage. HomeThangs.com has introduced a simple to where and how this type of bathroom addition can work.
All that’s needed in a half bathroom is a toilet, a sink, and a mirror, and with a few careful selections, it’s possible to fit all three into an impressively compact space: as little as 3″-4″ wide by 4″-5″ long (though a little longer is better if possible). Choosing a wall mounted toilet frees up precious inches both horizontally and vertically, while compact, slim-profile wall mounted sinks offer full functionality in a fraction of the space of a full sized vanity.
In many cases, it’s possible to create a tiny half bathroom out of unused or wasted space, like the space beneath a flight of stairs. This walled-in area is generally left empty, but has almost exactly the right dimensions needed to create a minimalist bathroom. Even with the sloped ceiling on one side caused by the stairs, there should be enough room to stand comfortably in front of a small, wall mounted sink and use the toilet without having to duck. Other options include an attic, an unused closet, a walled off portion of a larger bathroom, or even a sectioned off part of the garage or laundry room.
A key consideration when picking a location for a new half bathroom is the location of existing plumbing and waste lines/ The farther away the planned bathroom is from plumbing hook ups, the more expensive the project will be. That’s not to say plumbing can’t be run to a new location, but picking a spot where the plumbing is already available will make the whole process easier and more affordable.
Ultimately, though, working with unusual dimensions is the biggest challenge of creating a working half bathroom. Even the smallest full bathrooms are five feet wide to accommodate a bathtub, and that foot or two of extra width creates a nice alley of space to move around. With that space gone, there’s simply no room for a full sized vanity, and even a sideways facing toilet becomes impractical. Instead, place the toilet at the far end of the bathroom, facing the door, and offset a small, wall mounted sink to one side. Even with a sloped ceiling, this layout maximizes head room and legroom while creating a small thoroughfare.
For those considering adding a first floor bathroom for increased accessibility, it might be worth going the extra mile and turning that tiny space into a 3/4 wet bathroom. Unlike a standard 3/4 bathroom, these don’t need to be any larger than the most minimal half bathrooms. Wet bathroom are completely tiled and waterproofed, including the toilet and sink, and have a drain on the floor. Add a basic hand held shower head and the whole bathroom is essentially transformed into a shower stall that contains a toilet and sink, allowing those with limited mobility to sit while bathing.
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