In general, bathroom renovations are rarely just updates to the fits and finishes of the bathroom. Tastes change in the cosmetic details, but so do the needs. As recently as 10 years ago, many would have thought it was unheard of to eliminate a tub and have only a shower. The truth is, big, luxurious showers with multiple heads, nozzles, and steam have become very popular. After decades of seeing large garden tubs become dust collectors or only used occasionally to wash the dog (they were too big for bathing babies), the big tub is for the most part, out. Especially when you are limited by space, a larger shower versus having both a tub and shower is the dominant trend.
Is it worth it to do an addition to create a new en suite bathroom?
Building an addition for a new master bath can be the solution to finding space you don’t think you have in the existing floor plan. If you are planning to do a gut renovation of your bathroom and you’re looking to expand the footprint of the bath, an addition may be the answer and not actually bust the budget when you weigh the investment you are making if you were to rebuilding the bathroom in the existing space. At the Weaverville project, we are wrapping up the framing for the new bathroom, which will be a wonderful, relaxing haven for our clients.. Because the bedroom was at grade level, putting on the addition was done with minimal structural work, which can be a large part of the expense of an addition. If you have a second story bedroom or will need greater foundational work to under gird the new bath, then weighing the pros and cons of the addition becomes more complicated.
If you’re going to be doing a gut renovation of your existing bath and relocating plumbing and electrical to account for a new layout, creating an addition is worth looking into.