What is a Half Bathroom? And Should We Add One in Our Home?
Most people only shower once a day, possibly twice per day. And unfortunately, some shower even less than that. So when you really think about it, does a shower or bathtub have to be a feature of every bathroom in every house? Not at all, hence the idea of a half bathroom.
A half bath includes a toilet and sink, but not a shower or bathtub. If you have space in your home, you may even consider adding a half bathroom. Why? Well, it’s more beneficial than you may realize.
- A half bathroom can be placed in a more convenient area of the home than your main, full bathroom.
- Your guests don’t need to see your towels hanging on the doors or your toiletries all around the sink. It’s easier to keep a half bath neat, clean, and organized for guests to use.
- If you only have one bathroom in your home and your family is growing, you may be considering adding another one in general. A half bathroom may be all that you need, and it likely will be less costly than a full bath.
And here’s the best part: A half bathroom could improve the resale value of your home in certain scenarios. Let’s face it: One bathroom simply isn’t enough for today’s lifestyle if you have two or more people living in the home. Buyers who see that a home only has one may look in the other direction.
If you know you’re going to sell your home soon, you will definitely want to weigh the cost of the expense of adding a half bathroom versus how much you could make on the sale.
On the other hand, if you’re planning on staying in the home for a while, adding it may be beneficial for your family to begin with. If you maintain the bath and overall home properly, you may be able to sell the house later for more than you would have if you did not have the second bath.
Elements of a Half Bathroom
If you are planning on building a new half bath, you will need to create an initial design concept, research how much it will cost, and create a budget. Don’t forget to include the cost of:
- Professional plumbing and electrical installation
- Lighting fixtures
- Tile and grout or other flooring you wish to use
- The toilet and any special modern features you may want it to have
- The sink, faucet, and faucet handles
- Bathroom cabinetry
- Mirrors/medicine cabinets
- The door and locking mechanism
- Paint and molding
- Optional storage compartments, such as shelving inside the walls that you would use for towels, decor, and other supplies
- Rugs, shower bars, and other basic accessories
Ask a Design Consultant for Help
Clearly, there’s a lot to think about when adding a half bathroom to your home. Still, when you no longer have to hear constant knocking and shouts of, “Are you done yet?” you will most definitely be very glad you did it.
If you need help, call us to schedule a consultation with one of our designers.