As funny as that may sound, did you know that the bathroom is the most expensive room in most homes? Because of that, many homes only have one bathroom and perhaps a half bath in the master bedroom or in an interior hallway as a guest facility, with just a sink and a toilet. While you may have four bedrooms and enough space to house half a dozen kids, there usually isn’t enough toilets to go around. So, what can you do in a situation like that? Here are some DIY suggestions which might help.
There Really Are Affordable Ways to Add an Extra Toilet
Believe it or not, many homeowners have found relatively inexpensive ways to add an extra toilet or two, even though they can’t afford to add an entire bathroom. While one tub in the master bathroom and a shower in the half bath might accommodate all those daily baths, if there are more than three people in your home, sharing one or two toilets could be problematic – especially after big meals or during potty training sessions with the little ones. What you should think about is where you already have plumbing in your home. With the availability of easy-to-install and inexpensive Costco toilets, you should be able to add a toilet or two at a cost you can afford.
Adding a Toilet in the Least Expected Places
Do you have a separate enclosed laundry room? If so, there is already hot and cold water running to the room and, of course, there is a drain, which may connect to your main sewer line if you don’t have a dry well. Most new homes don’t use that function any longer, except in rural locations with septic tanks they don’t want to overfill too often. It is easy to build two walls in a corner of your laundry room to enclose a toilet, connect into the plumbing and drain, and with just a little effort, you can add a toilet in the laundry room at a very low cost.
Closets Adjacent to Kitchens or Bathrooms
Many kitchens are still built with enclosed pantries and these make ideal locations for a guest bathroom. You need nothing more than a toilet and a washbasin, and if the pantry is close enough to the sink, a few pipes will easily connect your water source. Of course, the waste line may be your biggest expense, and perhaps nightmare as well, but the cost wouldn’t be as extreme as adding a bathroom far removed from the current water and drain pipes.
Some homeowners even add second toilets in their master bathroom if there is enough space. Instead of a vanity or double sink, why not add a separate toilet stall so two people can use the facilities at the very same time. All this may sound a bit extreme, but if your family is growing beyond your budget, adding an extra toilet is certainly cheaper than buying a bigger home! If you have too many kids and not enough toilets, it’s time to think about where you can add one with minimal cost and effort.