Adding a bathroom in your basement can be a huge benefit in terms of both practicality and resale value. Find out more about the cost of adding a bathroom to a basement with a breakdown of the details and cost of that small space!
If your basement is an area where you can have fun time, play with your kids, or set up a guest room, consider a basement bathroom. It pays off in convenience and resale value!
Our St. Louis home isn’t exactly historic, but it isn’t New either – see the full before and after photo tour of our Tudor house here. It’s old enough for many maintenance problems like leaky windows, rotting siding, and more. Can you see where this post is going?
We replaced our original luxury vinyl flooring (thanks to the water damage and the bar area removal … they discontinued our previous flooring so we started over) We went for a beautiful new LVP that we absolutely love .
To add warmth to an otherwise cold basement, we painted the walls a warm color, Benjamin Moore Cloud White, to complement the Swiss Coffee walls in the rest of the basement. Choosing a shade slightly darker or lighter than an adjacent room adds depth and interest.
While we are excitedly waiting for the final results of our newly built bar area in the basement, we can finally share the basement bathroom with you!
Advantages of basement baths
- Create a guest suite – A basement is a great place to store a small guest bedroom area, especially if you don’t have space in the other parts of your home. Creating a bathroom in the basement gives your guests the ultimate in privacy – they can feel like they are in an Air B&B or a small luxury hotel!
- Convenience – If you plan to entertain friends and family in your basement, or if this is an area your kids will hang out and play in, give them a convenient bathroom. Avoid hiking up and down the stairs every time nature calls!
- Resale value – A fresh, clean bathroom in the basement can increase the overall resale value of your home.
How to get started
- First, think about what your basement bathroom needs. Is that half a bath? Or do you need a 3/4 bathtub in this room so that guests can shower?
- Take your storage needs into account. While I’ve always been a fan of pedestal sinks to create more space, this bathroom needed storage space for cleaning supplies, toilet paper, etc.
- Think about your lighting needs – overhead, vanity or warm sconce lighting would be your main choices.
- As a floor covering, basement bathrooms often benefit from tiles or a more waterproof LVP like the one we have chosen.
- Also, think of ventilation as an additional expense. Basement bathrooms often need to be ventilated to prevent moisture and air circulation.
How much does it cost to put a bathroom in the basement?
The answer to this question will of course depend on your specific situation. At home there was already a small guest toilet in the basement, so we only had to put in new floor coverings and fixtures and refine them with paint and accessories.
Installation and labor costs vary for each and every part of the country, so keep that in mind. Plumbing, plumbing, and even building walls can add up!
- Has your basement already been cleaned for a bathroom? If your basement isn’t set up for the necessary drainage and plumbing systems, you’ll need to add these.
- Some basement bathrooms require a flushed toilet system, so check this out and consider it part of your overall spending.
- Ripping out an old bathroom will add an extra layer of reaction as well. Consider doing a demo yourself to save money!
Our basement bathroom renovation included the following items if you’re looking for a reference price:
- Flooring – $ 100 (total labor and product)
- Vanity – $ 500 (got a fantastic sale!)
- Faucet – $ 289
- Wall lights – $ 58 x 2 = $ 116
- Mirror – $ 50
- Toilet – $ 150
Total product: $ 1,205
Chris demonstrated the original bathroom fixtures, but we had an electrician run the existing electrics from above to power the two sconces. It added another $ 250 to that project.
Since the project was otherwise easy, Chris did the rest of the work!
frequently asked Questions
Adding a bathroom in the basement can range from $ 2,000 on the low end to more than $ 20,000. It depends on what plumbing and plumbing you have installed, starting with walls etc and a lot more!
These special basement toilets can cost anywhere from $ 600 to $ 800.
While I’m such a fan of brass lights and brass bathroom fittings, I wanted to play a little with mixed metals in this bathroom! We used a combination of warm gold tones, soft wood and polished nickel.
Mixed metals can help warm up a room and feel individual and polished. Ideally, consider repeating each finish at least twice to get an intended feel – here we used a softwood frame for the mirror and art, as well as an antique gold sconce and hardware for the vanity.
The polished nickel repeats itself in the faucet and toilet roll holder (not shown). This gives this space a warm, cohesive look that still feels eclectic and interesting.
Behind the design
Since this is a small, dark room with no natural light, we implemented a few tricks to create the illusion of more space and light. Here you can find out more about ways to bring light into a room and how to make a small room look bigger.
We chose a color with a high light reflectance value (LRV) to reflect the little outside light that this room receives. A tall mirror not only directs your gaze to the ceiling, creating the illusion of more space, but also reflects more light and makes it appear brighter.
I decided on a washbasin that offers a lot of storage space. It adapts to the space and also has feet so the eye can go beyond … again which gives the illusion of more space.
Since basements tend to feel cold, I layered warm brass and wood tones, as well as a warm white paint (Benjamin Moore Cloud White) to add warmth. The carpet with wool structure is soft on the foot and also provides a touch of warmth.
The art is subtle but makes the utility space more interesting – see all of my favorite free art sources and favorite DIY wall decorating ideas here. A vase full of fresh green always brings a room to life – one of my favorite ways to create a cozy home!
Greige marble vanity | Checkered wool and ivory rug | Soap dispenser | Faucet | Wall lamps | Mirror (discontinued) | Art | Frame | Towel | Garbage can