Adding a bathroom in the basement may seem simple enough … until you actually start planning the project out. Then, designing that little room can begin to seem like a big headache.
Is a new basement bathroom worth all the hassle?
The best way to figure out the answer is to learn about the process, detail by detail, so you can make an informed decision.
Permits And Inspections
First things first. Before you install a bathroom in your Ottawa-area basement, you’ll need a building permit. This will have to be followed up by one or more official inspections while the work is in progress, to ensure that everything is done in accordance with the Ontario Building Code.
Applying for a permit involves time and patience (the initial review period takes five days), as well as two sets of project plans and payment of the requisite fee. If you hire Out of This World Plumbing to install your basement facilities, we will take care of the permit application and inspection schedule.
Way before you start picking out tile for your future shower, you should think long and hard about a more mundane matter – functional drain lines. Aboveground bathroom plumbing has gravity on its side, allowing enough of a “fall” to channel waste downward to your sewer line. Keeping your new bathroom close to your main plumbing stack can help make the installation of drains easier.
You will need to check whether that sewer line is deep enough to accommodate below-grade drainage for a basement bath. If that’s not the case, you (or your friendly OOTW plumber) will have to consider creative alternatives, such as upflush toilets, so you won’t have to drill through concrete floors to add new drainage lines.
A backwater valve will also be important to protect against sewage backing up into your nice new bathroom. Backwater valves are mandatory in most Ottawa residences, which were built after 2012. If your home is older, you may qualify for a rebate on retrofitting your backwater valve.
Size Of Bathroom
A full bathroom usually takes up at least 40 square feet. That can represent a good-sized chunk when your basement offers limited floor space. It might be possible to save a bit of room by opting for a shower stall instead of a tub or selecting scaled-down plumbing fixtures.
If you’re planning a finished basement that doesn’t include sleeping quarters (such as a home office or a games room), a half bath – toilet and sink – may be enough for your purposes.
The cost to add a bathroom to a basement averages between $10,000 and $15,000 (that can equal as much as 50 percent of total basement remodelling costs!). Of course, no home is average, but here is a great tip to help you stay within budget:
Take advantage of existing plumbing. In a newer house, you may already have rough-in plumbing in place for a basement bathroom. Otherwise, try to position the new bathroom directly under your upstairs plumbing (close to the plumbing “stack”). If neither of those options is available, consider repurposing your laundry room.
Can Your Basement Accommodate A Bathroom?
Are you still unsure about whether your basement would be suitable for a bathroom addition? No worries. The professional plumbing team at Out of This World is here to help.
We’ll do it all — inspect your basement, come up with feasible bathroom designs, and handle every detail of the installation.
Call 613-519-1342, or contact us for a free online appointment today.