Should I Add Another Bathroom To My Home?

Posted on: 2022-02-15

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Are you finding your bathroom is becoming overcrowded? Are you tired of venturing upstairs every time you have to go?

While bathroom renovations are great for updating and expanding the bathroom you have, what about adding another bathroom to your home?

No matter what sized home you have in the Edmonton area, you should consider adding an extra bathroom.

Keep reading to find if adding a bathroom is possible, what the process is, and the types of bathrooms you can include in your home:

Can I Add a New Bathroom To My Home?

When it comes to adding another bathroom to your home, the answer is:


As long as you have the space and the budget, a bathroom can be added anywhere. However, you do need to take your plumbing and electrical setup into consideration as well as the style of bathroom you want.

So where can you put an additional bathroom?

There are plenty of spaces in your home that can be repurposed into a bathroom without paying the cost of building an addition onto your home.

Here are some ideas of where you can put a bathroom:

  • Closet: A closet is a great space to create a bathroom without taking up extra space in your home. Convert a walk-in closet into a larger bathroom or a smaller closet into a powder room.
  • Hallway: If your home has a long hallway with empty space between rooms, you can easily add in a half or full-size bathroom here. Plan according to the rooms adjacent to where your bathroom will go.
  • Bedroom:. Do you have an extra bedroom in your home that you don’t really use? You can use some space in this bedroom to create an extra bathroom!
  • Garage: Most homeowners do not utilize their garage space to its full potential (do you actually even park a car in there?). Because garages are at ground level, it would be easy to connect to your home’s plumbing and electrical to add a bathroom here.
  • Basement: If you are considering putting a bathroom in your basement, keep in mind that these areas are at higher risk for moisture and condensation – especially if you plan on putting in a shower or bath.
  • Under the Stairs: You can also place a bathroom under or above a staircase. As long as you have at least 25 square feet of room, you can install a shower, sink, and toilet.

As you can see, adding a bathroom to your home without committing to an expensive expansion is easy. The question remains, however: How much work does it take?

Is Adding a New Bathroom a Big Job?

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Adding a new bathroom doesn’t necessarily have to be a big job but that all depends on where your plumbing and electrical lines exist and if they are up to code.

If they aren’t up to code, you may be facing overhauling the entire thing.

Plus, if you’re running your plumbing to a septic tank, you have to make sure your septic system can handle another bathroom in your home.

Hopefully, the space where you plan to add another bathroom can easily access your plumbing and electrical but you also need permits. Check up on the local building codes and regulations in your area when it comes to changing your home’s floor plan.

Everywhere has different rules and you need to make sure you have the right permits and permissions in order before you start renovating.

There may be rules dictating what type of pipes you can use or how big the window should be if one is required. 

Speaking of windows, having one in your new bathroom is a good idea in order to promote airflow and reduce the risk of mold and mildew. Both of these substances can be harmful to your health.

Ultimately, you could install a ventilation fan. Make sure the location you have chosen for your extra bathroom can accommodate this.

How Many Bathrooms Should a House Have?

In all honesty, your home really only needs one bathroom. However, additional bathrooms can definitely maximize comfort and privacy for you and your family.

For instance, the average ratio is two bathrooms for every three bedrooms. In this case, you would have the main bathroom for adults and a family bathroom for the kids.

If you live in a larger home, you may want to consider having an ensuite bathroom for the master bedroom, a common bathroom for kids, and a small powder room for guests and main-level access.

As you can see, you can have multiple bathrooms in your home or various styles, such as:

  • Master Bathrooms: This is a full bathroom adjacent to your master bedroom.
  • Family Bathrooms: This is also a full bathroom but it is located outside of the master bedroom but easily accessible by the other rooms in your home.
  • Guest Bathrooms: These bathrooms are typically located on the main level of your home and/or close to areas such as the kitchen and living room. Also called “powder rooms”, guest bathrooms only have a sink and a toilet.

In consideration of those who are elderly or disabled, there are also accessible bathrooms that feature support bars and higher toilet seats with handles.

Is There a Good ROI on Adding a New Bathroom?

One of the main selling points of a home, apart from the kitchen, is the bathroom.

While homebuyers pay attention to the condition and size of the bathroom, they also take note of how many bathrooms are in the home.

For instance, full and three-quarter bathrooms in a home are more attractive than half-baths. Plus, homebuyers with children often look for features such as bathtubs and master bathrooms for the adults.

Therefore, it is true that adding a bathroom to your home will increase its ROI (Return on Investment) when it comes time to sell your house.

Ready to Get Started?

Parabola Developments knows all about bathroom renovations – and bathroom construction!

We can take a look at your home and explore your options when it comes to adding an extra bathroom.

If you’re ready to get started, don’t hesitate to contact us today!