How Hard is it to Expand My Half Bath to a Full?
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How Hard is it to Expand My Half Bath to a Full?
Jun 10, 2022

How Hard is it to Expand My Half Bath to a Full?

If you consider upgrading from a half bath to a full bath, you will probably run into the question of how much space I need for a full bath? There is no one size fits all answer. However, here are some questions you can ask. One, what type of plumbing will you require? Two, is there enough space to store your products? And lastly, three, what tub/shower combination can match your needs while not being overcrowded with other fixtures. Mr. Rooter Plumbing can partner you with a qualified plumber to help you answer these questions.

What Is a Half Bath?

A half bath is a bathroom that contains one toilet and one sink. Guests or children typically use it, and it's not intended for everyday use. This bathroom space is often referred to as a powder room with only two fixtures: toilet and sink. A half bath is a relatively compact space.

What Is a Full Bath?

Between a half bath and a full bath is a three-quarter bath. The three-quarter bath includes three fixtures: a toilet, sink, and shower. Lastly, a full bath includes three or more fixtures such as a sink, toilet, tub, and shower. Some have two sinks for both partners to use the sinks at the same time.

Is There Enough Space To Expand To a Full Bath?

If you have enough space in your bathroom, you can expand your half bath to a full bath! However, the amount of work required will depend on how much space you have. If you only have a few feet of room between your current tub, toilet, sink, and the wall, then it will take some time and planning to figure out how to do this project.

You may have to move things around and remove some walls to make this happen. Make sure you talk with a plumbing professional from Mr. Rooter Plumbing about how much money it will cost before starting any construction or planning phases of this project.

When you're considering whether or not to expand your half bath to a full bath, one of the first things you'll want to consider is whether or not there is enough space in your bathroom for a full-sized bathtub.

If you have an existing bathroom, there's already a tub. If that's the case, you may be able to add to it. However, if there isn't an existing tub, you'll need clearance from floor to ceiling (plumbing and electrical lines may prevent this).

Another thing to consider is whether or not there is enough room around the tub for things like shelving and towel racks. If any of these items will be installed after the tub is installed, ensure they don't obstruct access around it. The amount of space available will dictate your rub and shower options.

Bathroom Plumbing Requirements?

The plumbing requirements for an expansion are more complicated than a complete bathroom. The most common reason for an expansion is the need to add a bathtub or a shower.

When installing new plumbing fixtures, all pipes must be laid out correctly so that water flows freely from faucets and drains without getting stuck or backing up into other parts of the house. This is especially true if you're using copper pipes instead of PVC pipes because copper doesn't expand when exposed to hot water as plastic does. If you don't account for this difference and don't install enough extra slack in your lines, then your fixtures won't work correctly when they're first turned on in their new location.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing

If you plan to expand your half bath, it is vital to determine whether or not you have the space and plumbing required. The best way to accomplish this goal is to have a professional plumber inspect the area, advise you on the best options, and provide a quote for plumbing improvements with an accurate timeline.

Contact the professionals at Mr. Rooter Plumbing today to begin the process.