Constructing a basement bathroom can be and expensive ordeal, here are a few tips that can help make it more affordable. Save money on plumbing, fixtures, hardware and more when you plan ahead and shop savvy.
Position of the Basement Bathroom: The position of the bathroom is one thing that could break your budget immediately because it could require a new drain and water lines be installed. If played smart though and place the basement bathroom below the one upstairs it will limit the amount of piping the plumber will have to install, making the project easier.
Install a Drop Ceiling with Acoustic Tiles: The new basement bathroom needs a ceiling, so why not install one that looks great, allows deceptively easy access to water lines, and helps deaden the noise from upstairs. Get all of these things with a drop ceiling of acoustic panels. Acoustic panels are designed to absorb noise instead of transferring it, which translates into a quieter basement.
Laminate Flooring: Hardwood floors are nice and increase the value of the home when installed professionally, but it is not the smartest choice for a basement. To get the same appeal, opt for laminate flooring. Two things that affect the floor in a basement are cold and moisture, and by purchasing a quality laminate floor that is specially manufactured for basements, you will get a good product that increases the attractiveness and functionality of your space.
Vintage: Check out some estate sales and recycle shops for faucets, fixtures, towel racks, sinks, cabinetry, drawer hardware, and bathtub. Recycled vintage dressers can be converted into console units to hold sinks and plumbing. They are relatively easy to recondition, and you can customize them to fit the bathroom sink of your dreams. Buying second-hand is a great way to shave off dollars on an expensive project.
Use Up Leftovers: Found a pricey tile or fixture you must simply have for that new basement bathroom? Leave it, instead write down the name and identifying numbers, and search for other people’s leftovers online. When purchasers acquire too much of a product their overcompensation can be your savings.
A basement bathroom is a nice convenience for homeowners who intend to use their basements for more than just storage. These tips will help cut expenses when it comes time to build out the bath.
Source: Elizabeth McGrath