A loft offers a hidden nook for reading, sleeping or artsy endeavors. Often times though, the loft ends up an obscure location for hiding empty boxes, old furniture and collectibles. If you’re looking to add a bit of value, or convenience, to your home, converting a loft to include a bathroom can increase your property’s value and better utilize that space for your own convenience.
Investing in a Negative Head Shower Pump
While bathrooms and kitchens are, by far, the most expensive portion of a home for remodeling, you can complete an inexpensive loft bathroom by following a few guiding principles. Many people consider the finishing touches, cabinets and other materials used in a bathroom when they think about pricing. Walnut cabinets will definitely cost more than wood veneer, but you can create an exquisite bathroom by using an inexpensive approach to plumbing.
Your home’s plumbing components most likely reside close to the waste removal pipes in the property’s walls. Consequently, each bathroom will follow a specific footprint on each floor. Save money by installing your bathroom’s toilet, sink and bathtub on the same wall.
Buildings usually install a positive head shower pump that moves water into bathtubs using gravity. Generally, the cold water supply is located above the bathrooms, which makes gravity responsible for water flow. Loft, or attic, conversions usually mean that the new bathroom is located above the cold water supply. Consequently, a negative head shower pump is required.
You might consider a power shower, which heats water from the cold supply and also delivers unlimited, on-demand hot water. This option might deliver a small savings on utility bills and improve your home’s resale value.
Ultimately, converting a loft into a bathroom or adding a bathroom for convenience can cost a lot, unless you use a few tricks, such as using your home’s footprint wisely, and adding a negative head shower pump, to your advantage.