One of the more common remodeling projects West Shore Construction does for Florida residents is adding a bathroom, whether full or half, to the main living floor of the house. Particularly, customers will make plans for connecting the bathroom to the kitchen.
- Connecting a bathroom to the kitchen offers convenience for both guests and homeowners.
- Increases resale value of the home.
- Guests will not have to go to or through the bedroom area to use the toilet or wash up.
- Considering it is not the main one, this bathroom may be easier to tidy for last-minute or unannounced guests.
- Some homeowners use this bathroom as a stopping point from the pool, outdoor play, or yard work. In essence, a place to tidy up before entering the rest of the home.
Value added by connecting bathrooms to kitchens
According to the National Association of Home Builders, the data “has consistently shown that an added bathroom has one of the strongest impacts of any home feature on single-family detached home values.” Recent data gathered and analyzed by the up-and-coming tech home buyer/seller Opendoor indicates that adding a half bath could glean an average resale value increase of 2.9%. Homeowners might realize an average resale value increase of 5.7% by adding a full bathroom.
Other Planning and Placement Options
Undoubtedly, connecting the bathroom to the kitchen has its advantages. if, for some reason, building in a bathroom off the kitchen is not feasible, do not despair. There are other options when considering the placement of a new full or half bath in the home.
- Garage. In the garage, the bathroom is convenient for those who use this part of the house as a hobby workspace. Likewise, cleaning up after putting away yard tools – is made easy. In older Florida homes, the laundry is frequently in the garage. As this is the case, a garage bathroom sink might double as a wash sink for laundry purposes.
- Entryway. Having a half bath in the entryway is an easy stop for guests. Not only this but it is, the simplest to keep clean and tidy, considering it is less likely to be used by the rest of the family.
- Poolside. A bath, whether half or full, by the door to the pool area or backyard helps keep the rest of the house clean by catching dirty bodies or wet bodies before they enter the house.
- Under stairways. The space under a staircase often makes good use of otherwise wasted space.
Things to Know When Connecting Bathrooms to Kitchens
Successfully connecting a bathroom to a kitchen requires expertise, knowledge, and skill. Not to mention certain setups already in your home. Hiring a professional contractor like West Shore Construction is a safe bet. Your contractor will work with skilled and knowledgeable tradesmen to execute the remodel or addition. You may be a do-it-yourselfer. As you are acting as your own contractor, here are some things that you should be aware of.
- Permits and plans – Before every major undertaking, whether remodel, renovation or addition, have plans drawn up. Also, be certain that any permits that may be required are attained.
- Physical barrier – There must be a barrier between the kitchen and the bathroom, as common sense would have it. That barrier could be either a wall or a door.
- Ventilation –Every bathroom must have fresh air by window or vent fan and ventilation for the sewer.
- Plumbing – Even if you are taking on connecting your bathroom and kitchen as a DIY project, you may consider at least hiring a plumber. Sewer lines, water pipes, proper sloping, proper installation, and secure connection can be a lot for all but the most experienced.
- Wash sink – Another commonsense point is that the bathroom must have its own sink. A person may not use the toilet and then wash up in the kitchen sink.
- Commode – A minimum distance is required around the commode; it is important to adhere to this. Additionally, if you are making the bathroom ADA compliant, there are further standards to adhere to.
- Soundproofing – Out of consideration to guests and family members, add insulation to the wall and around the piping.
Professionals to Connect Your Bathroom to Your Kitchen
West Shore Construction is one of Florida’s premier home contractors. We specialize in connecting bathrooms to kitchens, remodeling kitchens and bathrooms, whole home remodels, and home additions. For over 30 years, our experienced tradesmen have served residents from the Villages to the entire Gulf Coast. We get to know you, your dreams, and your budget to offer you the best options to realize your vision.
Our professionals know the state, local, and trade building codes. subsequently, we have the skill to connect your bathroom to your kitchen. Expert tradesmen use quality materials, warranty the work, and provide outstanding customer service. Contact us today by calling (727) 488-8182 or messaging us online.
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