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Denver Basement Finishing: Should You Add A Bathroom?

January 10, 2018

There are countless ways that homeowners can transform their dark and crowded basements into light and airy living spaces. Homeowners often choose to turn their basement into a spacious guest bedroom, which means they typically add a bathroom to the basement as well. But, is it a good idea to build a bathroom in your basement? Here’s what the Denver basement finishing experts have to say about the pros and cons of this project:

Con: Moisture

Basements usually do not have much ventilation, which is why so many of them have moisture issues that need to be addressed prior to the remodel. Adding a bathroom to a non-ventilated area can make the moisture issues in your basement even worse. Work with your contractor to determine how you can add more ventilation to ensure mold and mildew do not start to grow in your new bathroom.

Pro: Increased Home Value

Adding a bathroom to the basement makes the space more livable by creating a suite where guests can have complete privacy. This is attractive to potential buyers, which means it increases the value of your home. If you are planning on selling in the next few years, this is something to keep in mind.

Con: The Cost

Even though adding a bathroom may make your home more valuable, it’s unlikely that it will increase the value of your home enough to recoup the costs of the remodel. Why? Running pipes into and out of your basement is very difficult, and the harder a task is, the more expensive it will be to complete. Finishing a basement doesn’t have to be expensive, but the cost will increase substantially if you plan on adding a bathroom. Learn more about estimating the cost to add a bathroom in a basement.

Pro: Convenience

Having one more bathroom could make life much more convenient if you constantly find yourself waiting for someone to finish before you can get into a bathroom to get ready for work or prepare for bed. In this case, adding a new bathroom is the perfect way to accommodate your growing family.

Con: Not A DIY Project

There are some remodeling projects that can be completed without the help of a professional, but adding a bathroom to the basement is not one of them. Working with a team of professionals is essential so you are not stuck with the task of installing the plumbing on your own. If you enjoy DIY projects, stick to painting the
bathroom walls or installing the tile once the professionals have done the more challenging work.

Now that you know the pros and cons of adding a bathroom to your basement, are you ready to finish this project once and for all? If so, get in touch with our team of remodeling experts as soon as possible. In addition to finishing basements, our team can also help clients remodel their kitchens and build new rooms onto their homes. Contact Ridgeline Design and Build in Colorado today for your free consultation at 303-346-6100.