Should I add a half bath to my house?



The number of bathrooms in a home is a major selling point for buyers. Most house hunters hope to have at least two full bathrooms, but half baths are a big plus as they are convenient for guests and don’t compromise owners’ privacy.

If you are a current homeowner without a powder room, you may be wondering if adding a powder room could improve the functionality of your home and possibly increase your value. Let’s explore this project a little more.

What is a half bath?

A wet room, also known as a powder room or guest bathroom, has only two of the four main bathroom components, usually a toilet and a sink.

Today, they are standard equipment in many homes, providing guests with a place to freshen up while still allowing us to keep our dirty laundry, prescription bottles, toiletries, and more. hidden in our private baths.

“A lot of homeowners are adding half baths to their basements,” said Beth Graham of Beth Graham Appraisals. “Especially with so many people working from home now, we see a lot of offices, home gyms, play areas, etc. in the basement. If you can put a little half-bath in it, it adds a lot of convenience and potential value.

What value will a half bath add?

The National Association of Home Builders reports that adding a half bath increases the value of an average home by 10%.

“Like any renovation, you might not get a dollar-for-dollar return, but a bathroom is one of those places where you’ll always see value,” Graham said. “And if you don’t go overboard with your build or finishes, you’ll probably get a decent return on your investment. ”

As with any large project, REALTORS® suggest that you first determine the current value of your property and compare its features with other homes in your area.

“If a lot of homes in your neighborhood have half baths, adding one to your home could not only increase your value, but also improve your market value when it comes time to sell,” Graham said.

What are the things to consider?

Besides paying attention to neighborhood comparables, there are a few other things to keep in mind when deciding to add a half bath. One consideration is the location of your pipes.

So, before planning a demo day, it’s a good idea to consult with a professional contractor and / or plumber to make sure your plans are workable and that everything is being done correctly. Also, as with any renovation project, check with your municipality to make sure you are following the appropriate building codes.

Graham also says it’s important to analyze your floor plan and determine if a half bath makes sense for your home.

“If this takes away a lot of usable storage space or doesn’t fit perfectly into your layout, it might not be the right project for your home,” she said. “For example, a lot of people don’t like half baths that open directly into the kitchen, so if that’s the only place you can fit one, it might not be worth the expense. Or, if converting a closet to a powder room means you’ll have limited storage space downstairs, that could be a drag for future buyers as well.

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