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Adding a Half Bath

Adding a half bath to a home is one of the most common requests I get. People want to increase the value of their houses, of course, but what most of my clients really want is a bathroom that's convenient for their guests to use but doesn't compromise anyone's privacy. (Who wants their friends to see dirty laundry and prescription bottles, anyway?)

Depending on your house's layout, there are several ways to add a half bath by carving out space from your existing floor plan. What I've presented here are three options that have worked for my clients: a bathroom tucked underneath a stairway, one carved from a garage, and another nestled inside a gabled attic dormer. Other solutions I've used include fitting a half bath into an oversize storage closet and splitting a large full bathroom into a half bath and smaller full bath.

No matter where you decide to put it, there are a few key factors you should keep in mind as you're planning this common renovation project.
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