When you are remodeling your basement to include a bathroom, you are making a change that will increase the value of your home as well as adding to your own personal convenience. Whether to include a bathtub or shower in that additional bathroom is up to you, but you will probably find a basement bathroom shower to be a real help, especially if you have several teenagers or keep frequent houseguests.
If Space is Limited
Installing a shower in your basement can be tricky, depending on whether it has already been plumbed for a bathroom or not. If it has, then it is simply a matter of choosing the stall and fixtures you like. That’s the fun part!
Chances are the bathroom will be small, so you will be looking at neat little glass stalls that keep everything contained in a small space. Make sure it has built in racks for your shampoo and body wash. A sliding glass door is nice, but a shower curtain works just as well.
A basement shower just seems to call for a rainfall style showerhead, especially if you have pipes overhead to tie into. One consideration, however, is the amount of water pressure you have available, as the rainfall type showers require more than standard showers. Handheld and adjustable showers are good ideas, too, since the shower will probably be used by a variety of people.
If the bathroom is large, you may opt for a larger, walk-in style shower stall. These are handy if you happen to have an elderly person staying in your home. Of course, if the person is non-ambulatory, you will need provisions for them to get downstairs, such as through a walk-out door or elevator.
Walk-ins are nice for everyone else, too, since they provide a lot of room to move around and a place to sit for jobs like leg-shaving and pedicures. If the budget allows, a steam sauna with rain-style showerhead can be a luxurious addition to any home, and will guarantee that downstairs bathroom gets used! Some come with push-button temperature settings and built in music systems.
Adding plumbing to a basement requires removing part of the concrete floor of the basement. This can be done with a drill and jackhammer, but it is a big job and there is always the possibility of cracking the rest of the floor. Unless you are an avid DIY’er with experience in plumbing, you may be better off to hire some help with the concrete and plumbing.
If your house does not already include a bathtub somewhere else, a tub and shower may be a better plan for your basement bathroom. This is especially true if you plan to sell your home in the future.
Showers are used far more often than bathtubs, because they are quick and efficient, but when someone wants to soak in a tub, there is nothing quite like it. Not having a tub anywhere in the house can put off would-be buyers.
Keep Decor Light and Airy.
Lighting is a concern for basement bathrooms. Make sure your shower is in an area that is well lit. Install lighting as needed, and hang mirrors on the wall. Light colors used in the decor, whether you opt for ceramic tile or water resistant paneling designed to look like tile, stone, or other materials, will maximize the light and make the room brighter.
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