In many countries, space is at a premium, and the cost of building homes has soared, so it is no surprise that houses are getting smaller. Increasingly, people have to manage without all of the facilities that they would like to see in their home.
Most homeowners would like to have a second toilet. The queue for the bathroom is bad enough if you just want a shower, but almost unbearable if you need to use the toilet and the room is occupied.
Fortunately, there is a potential solution and that is to turn the space under your stairs, or block off a section of a room and convert it into a small toilet. Over the years, manufacturers have come to realise that there is growing demand for small toilets. Retailers like Better Bathrooms now stock a great range of compact toilets and sinks, which are ideal for the job.
The fact that these units are more widely available, and have fallen sharply in price over the past few years makes it far easier for people to fit an additional toilet into their homes. However, before you rush out and buy one there are a few things you need to be aware of, and get done.
Check the regulations
Understandably, you cannot just install a toilet anywhere. There are regulations that govern where one can be sited. It is very important that you familiarise yourself with them, and follow each one in full. For example, there has to be at least two doors between an area where food is prepared, and a toilet, so you cannot simply get one built in the corner of your kitchen.
Work out the drainage
It is one thing to have space for a second toilet, but that is only half the story. Your new WC will need to be plumbed into your property’s drainage system. So, you will need a plumber to work out if this is possible. Often, it is, but not always. For example, if the place you are planning to locate the toilet is too close to the drainage pipe there may not be enough space to accommodate the need for the pipe to be installed at an angle, so the waste flows properly.
You also need to makes sure that you have the space to install, and plumb in a sink. In most countries, hot and cold running water has to be available in a room that has a toilet in it.
We know that the above list makes installing a toilet in a small room look complicated. In reality, it is actually quite easy to achieve. You can work out if it is viable for you using this checklist.
If there is anything you are not sure about, the best retailers can answer your questions, in full. There are also plenty of experts who will help you to work out the possibilities for your home, and do so for free or a small fee. Getting the right advice and double-checking that you have thought of everything is sensible, and could save you a lot of money.