The Value of a Bathroom Addition

May 3, 2019

Older homes typically have fewer bathrooms than ones that are built today. If you have a large family, enjoy entertaining or are looking at the resale value of your home, a bathroom addition is worth considering. There are several ways to go about adding a bathroom, and our designers at Hatchett can help you figure out the best strategy.

Full Bathroom Addition built in eaves of a home
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Location, Location, Location

The first step is to identify the need. Do you simply want a small powder room or do you have the need for a full bathroom with a tub and shower? Next, determine the location that best serves the need. It’s important to also keep the location of existing plumbing in mind. The closer your new bathroom is to supply and drainage lines, the more affordable the renovation will be. On the bright side, according to the 2019 Cost Vs. Value Report, a homeowner can recoup up to 81% of the cost of a bathroom addition.

Wasted Space Under Stairwell

With these types of additions, you have two options. The first is to build out adding square footage to your home. The second is to convert existing square footage. To do this, look for areas of wasted space. Unused space under a stairwell can be ideal for a powder room. It’s cozy, but half the fun is finding creative ways to make the space feel larger.

Powder Room Addition built under stairs
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End of Hallway

Perhaps there’s dead space at the end of a hallway that can be converted to a half bath.

Half bath addition at end of hallway
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Convert a Closet

How much closet space do you have? You could possibly sacrifice a closet for the greater good of an extra bathroom.  Another scenario could be constructing a new wall in a large room that would create an adjacent bathroom for that space. The use of a translucent glass wall in this example allows light from an exterior window to still spill into the main room.

Closet converted to bathroom
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Expand the Laundry Room

If you can talk the hubs into sacrificing some of his garage space, that’s a convenient location that’s usually in close proximity to the kitchen (and existing plumbing). If you have a laundry room adjacent to the garage, Hatchett could expand that space to include both your laundry and a bathroom.

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In this scenario, a large single basin sink can double as a utility sink.

Bathroom Laundry Room Combo
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There are numerous possibilities, and each home is unique. If you’d like to talk to our design team about a bathroom addition, reach out to Hatchett Design Remodel at our showrooms in Newport News or Virginia Beach… it costs nothing to ask!

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