Splitting a bathroom in two
Bathrooms. Every home needs at least one, and depending on the size of your home (and the amount of occupants), more than one may be a necessity.
So, is adding an extra bathroom on your to-do list, but you don’t know where it is going to fit? Are you short on floorspace already, and not sure you have enough room for another addition? Have you ever considered splitting your current bathroom in two?
There are a range of benefits if splitting your current bathroom into two sounds like the bathroom renovation idea you have been searching for, but there are a few downsides too. Keep reading to learn a little more and, if you would like some further assistance, give MasterCraft a call.
Why split a bathroom in two?
There are a range of benefits when it comes to splitting your bathroom into two - we have listed some of the major ones here, but we always recommend speaking to a qualified industry professional to get a full picture as to whether or not splitting your bathroom is suited to your needs.
Splitting a current bathroom in two means that the plumber completing the renovations will have access to the existing bathroom plumbing and fixtures. This offers easier access and possible use of options already installed in your home, as well as the lowering of costs.
Lower renovation costs
Choosing to turn your laundry into another bathroom is one of the most cost effective options available. This can include leaving your laundry facilities in the new bathroom space or relocating them into a new area - either way, the room provides scope for a new bathroom. Using existing fixtures and fittings, as well as potentially having a ‘2-in-1’ bathroom/laundry room, can help with costs where it matters most.
Higher property value
Adding a bathroom to a property adds value, so splitting a bathroom into two can increase the value of your home. This especially applies if you are adding an ensuite to your master bedroom - having a bathroom accessible from your bedroom offers both convenience and ease, with some parties indicating it can increase value by up to 10%.
If your family is finding that one bathroom isn’t enough, splitting it into two can definitely save you some headaches and family fights. One bathroom may have suited you many years ago, but if you have a busy family, one toilet and one shower (in the same room), likely won’t suit your kids or yourself… especially when everyone is getting ready in the mornings. Let’s not forget when you have visitors come and stay - having an additional bathroom means that they won’t have to walk through bedrooms or wait in line to use the bathroom.
What are the negatives when it comes to splitting a bathroom?
Although splitting a bathroom into two has a range of benefits, there are a few disadvantages too.
Remove fixtures and/or fittings
Depending on the size of your current bathroom, you may need to remove a few things, or incorporate different aspects into one. This may mean removing a bathtub, or choosing a shower-over-bath fixture instead of a separate shower and bath.
If you love a large bathroom, and that is one of the features you like about your current arrangement, splitting it in two isn’t likely going to be a great choice for you. You are obviously going to have two smaller spaces, instead of one large one, so consider perhaps changing another wet room or your laundry into a bathroom instead.
If it isn’t possible to keep the plumbing you have when splitting your bathroom into two, you may want to speak to a professional before continuing. One of the benefits of splitting is supposed to be retaining the current plumbing to lower costs however, if this isn’t possible, choosing another option may be more suitable.
If you would like some further assistance in relation to bathroom renovations, give MasterCraft a call today on 0435 243 235 and we can discuss all your needs.
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