The bathroom is one of the most personal parts of the house. Its hygiene, maintenance, plumbing, and utility are crucial in maintaining a harmonious household. Here are some things to consider when planning your bathroom’s specifications.
Hot and Cold Water
The first subsystem of plumbing involves the freshwater entering the house. Depending on where you live, you might want to get a water heater or a cold water storage tank or both. Make sure your fixtures are accurately connected and labeled to prevent accidental scalding. Evaluate how the rest of the plumbing is set up as well as the use of washing machines and dish washers can affect the hot water available in the shower.
Gas or Electric Supply
If you’ve decided on a heating system, remember to allot piping for its power supply. Coordinate with a certified plumber or electrician, as the case may be, to ensure that there are no gas leaks or power fluctuations.
Drain, Waste, Vent System
Make sure all your bathroom plumbing drains to the waste water system and not the storm drain system. You don’t want to pollute the storm drain with soap or corrosive cleaners. Check that your vent system is parallel to the waste stacks to prevent the pressure from spewing water back up.
If your waste water empties into a septic tank, verify its storage capabilities. The addition of a bathroom will speedily increase the volume in your waste container. Look for plumbing leaks as they will be the first sign of trouble. Conserve water or get your tank cleaned out more frequently if you don’t want to replace your tank with a larger one.
Fashion vs. Function
When taking into consideration the piping required for your bathroom, bear in mind that these plumbing fixtures will more or less be permanent. Moving the sink, for example, is not as easy as moving the dresser. Note the practicality, or lack thereof, in placing the toilet in the middle of the room.
Once your outline is complete, see to the existing laws in your area. As with any structural enhancement or addition, make sure you have all the right papers before starting construction. This includes building and plumbing codes that your local district may have.
For some, the bathroom is the second sanctuary after the bedroom. It thus makes sense to put careful planning and thought into its structural layout. After its safety and sturdiness is assured, design the bathroom to your heart’s content.