Relocating a Bathroom
Moving a bathroom is not an easy thing to do. The main complication is the architectural structure of any bathroom; it is equipped with numerous pipes that have to be connected with each other in accordance with the right shape, diameter, and slope. Actually, the pipes, the slab, and the vertical ducts are among main reasons why it becomes hard to relocate a bathroom.
Everyone wants their bathroom to look pleasant to the eye, so while relocating it, you have to keep in mind numerous factors such as constructing a new sewerage system, lifting the floor, creating a step or a threshold, installation of a new floor, hiring movers, and installation of fixtures, bathtubs and/or shower cabinets. Still, there are two main things you have to pay attention to. They are the location of the down pipe and the height of the bathroom fittings.
1. Location of the down pipe
The downpipe provides proper evacuation of sewage or wastewater from your house or apartment. You have to note, that all your bathroom fittings are connected to the downpipe with some smaller in diameter horizontal pipes. They have to be placed with a slight downward slope to ensure that the waste and residue will not clog the pipe. This rule mainly concerns toilet as it usually contains greater waste. It means, that if you want to relocate your bathroom, the first thing to do is to determine the location of your downpipe to analyze if there is a possible way to create a new network.
2. Height of the bathroom fittings
The height of the bathroom fittings determines the ability if horizontal pipes to travel without breaking through the floor. The height also means the distance between the fitting and the downspout. One of the most particular orders of placing fittings in your bathroom is the toilet placed close to the downpipe, then goes shower, the bathtub, the bidet and. finally, the sink. It means that you will have to focus on the space available to place all these in a new location.
You will have to consider if local zoning regulations allow you to move the bathroom. Furthermore, there is a financial aspect as well, so consider the cost of relocation.
You also have to understand that relocating a bathroom in a house is much easier than, say, in apartments. The thing is that in apartments, the downspout is shared with your neighbors, so the process of relocation can be complicated. In contrast, you can change the relocation of pipes, downspouts, and other facilities if you doing so in your private house. Still, such changes can require you to make a complete transformation that can cost you a large amount of money.
Still, the easiest way to relocate a bathroom is to hire a professional who will consult you on all the possibilities and the necessity of this process. So do not try to make relocation by yourself, though there are many things around the house that can actually become DIY projects.