Understairs cupboards and spaces shouldn’t just be reserved for brooms, empty boxes and Harry Potter.
Transforming your dusty and underused space into a downstairs toilet is both a practical and a moneymaking solution. Phil Spencer, of Location, Location, Location fame, reckons a new bathroom can put nearly 3% onto the value of a house. Who can argue with an incentive like that?
The practicalities should be dealt with first, most notably the waste pipes. You’ll need one for the toilet and one for the sink. Solutions for how this can be done continue to grow in number. Walls, doors and lighting will also need to be sorted if these aspects are not already in place. Choosing wisely will save you time and money down the line.
When it comes to your sink, companies like Click Basin offer a variety of solutions, from wall-mounted basins to basins for cabinets. It’s also important to remember that sinks aren’t just made of white ceramic these days. Black marble and frosted glass are also available, and many of Click Basin’s sinks come with both the taps and plugs included.
Picking the right shape is another decision to be made. Click Basin offer such a wide variety within their Space Saving range that you aren’t limited in your options. It’s up to you to decide whether you fancy a classic shape or a round, square, rectangular or oval design. Impress guests with a unique pedestal stand and round sink, or choose a highly practical design and pick a sink mount equipped with towel holder or shelves. Corner sinks are an ideal solution for a smaller space, and if you have the room, corner shelving can be fitted above to create storage for basics like hand wash and an air-freshener.
When it comes to selecting your toilet, a number of options are available. Be sure to pick a slim design, and consider investing in a soft close toilet seat. This will help minimise noise that could disturb other guests downstairs.
If you aren’t contending with a sloped ceiling, try placing the toilet against the farthest wall. This should leave enough room on either side for a toilet roll holder and any cleaning equipment. If your cupboard or space does have a sloped ceiling, always take into consideration the height of any men who will be using your new toilet. The toilet should be positioned so it can be used while standing up.
As for the finishing touches, we all know by now just how useful mirrors can be for creating the illusion of space. Finally, a smart door handle or knob will entice your guests inside, where a practical yet stylish room is sure to await.