Finishing Your Basement Bathroom: Turning Bare Bones Plumbing Into A Usable Room

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Many old farmhouses from the mid- to late-nineteenth century that were fortunate to acquire indoor plumbing have old bathroom fixtures in the basement. These bathroom fixtures were never finished because the owners never intended to turn them into a real bathroom. These showers, toilets and drip faucets were used by farmers and farm hands coming in from the fields to wash up for meals and wash off dirt and manure before sitting down to eat. If you have these fixtures in your old home, you can finish the bare bones plumbing and turn it into a real bathroom. Here is how.

Hire a Plumber to Make Sure All the Plumbing Works

All too often, people assume that just because a toilet in the basement flushes, it is functional. The pipes underneath it may not be working correctly, and then finishing the bathroom results in a giant mess that will need to be redone. A plumber like C J Plumbing & Heating can fix any of the plumbing, extend the faucet pipes from overhead to a sink installation below, and help water channel into a floor drain from the shower without soaking the entire floor. All the plumbing should be in place before the construction contractor insulates the walls and seals them up.

Install a New Toilet or Fixtures If Necessary

These old and often rarely used plumbing fixtures in your basement are so old that they probably need to be updated and replaced. Calcification and rust from hard water not only make them appear unattractive, but also cause plumbing problems after you have already finished the bathroom. When your plumber examines the pipes to make sure they are in good working order, you can also request that he or she install these new fixtures.

Building up the Floor and Walls

The easiest way to create a floor in a basement bathroom is to put down ceramic tile and grout. Otherwise you will always have to step up and over the threshold to enter the bathroom. Next, hire a construction contractor to build the walls and secure them to the "ceiling" boards overhead. Make sure your basement bathroom has a fan to eject heat and moisture. If it does not, one will have to be installed by cutting a hole into the foundation as a vent for the fan. 

Adding a Door and Lights and Passing Building Inspection

Finally, you will want lighting in your basement bathroom because basements do not have enough lighting as it is. Seeing as the electrical work will be so close to water, an electrician should do all the work for you. Adding a door for privacy is just a nice touch. Your construction contractor has to have the work inspected before you can use your new bathroom, and that is the job of a building inspector. If the plumbing, electrical and construction work all passes, your basement bathroom is officially finished and complete.