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By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
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If bathroom space is at a premium in your house, it’s time to get serious about adding one. A new full or half bathroom is a worthwhile remodeling project because it can boost your home’s value and functionality.

Bathroom Remodeling: The Where’s and What’s

Adding a bathroom can be tricky business, particularly in houses that hail from the early indoor plumbing days. Having an indoor bathroom was all the rage. There was no time to worry about a second one.

Bathroom Remodeling: Where to Add?

When adding a bathroom, look for a nook or cranny with at least 20 square feet. I’ve seen them smaller, but you don’t want to make your guests shuffle sideways toward the sink because there isn’t room to turn around. Also look for:

  • A spot near other plumbing lines. A bathroom remodeling cost saver.
  • A decent ceiling height. Be honest. Could you stand up without stooping? Talk to a few contractors for ideas. This is the true test of your contractor’s creativity.
  • Space to steal. We once turned a kitchen pantry into a powder room and flipped the doorway so it faced into the dining room instead of the kitchen. A big boost to our home value.

Bathroom Remodeling: Which Space and Where?

Many people question whether taking space from the kitchen is worth it. Judging by this Brownstoner blog, there are no cut and dry answers.

Another great option is under the stairs, a spot featured in this Washingtonian article. One thing to watch is that sloping ceiling. It adds character, but can be dangerous for heads.

Adding to Your Home Value

Many people add a bathroom because it provides a good boost for their home value. In its annual survey, Remodelng Magazine pegs the return at 63 percent. Not as high as in previous years, but let’s put it in perspective.

Would you pay more for a house with a second bathroom? Probably.Would you buy one with only one bathroom?

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