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How do we install a half-bath on our ground floor?

On the ground floor, we have our kitchen and washer dryer near where we would put a half-bath. We've used Google to look for instructions, but haven't found much. The floor is cement (in the laundry room), tile in the kitchen, and hardwood in the dining room. (We are thinking a nook in between the laundry, dining room, and kitchen is the best place.) Please explain the basic steps for us to get started (do we need a designer?) and some basic info about what we'll need to do (pipes, licenses, tearing up the floor, what to avoid, etc.) I'm not concerned about *choosing* fixtures; we're just trying to figure out plumbing, hook-ups, & requirements. We're brave do-it-yourselfers! If you have good books or good websites to recommend, please do. (Please be very specific!) We would like to do all the labor ourselves, but will consult a contractor or designer for planning if needed. Also: what's the minimum square footage required for a 1/2 bath? Thanks, everyone! We don't have blueprints for our house, incidentally; it is 200 years old! Currently, we have a full bath on our 2nd floor, which is the floor above the ground floor. We could also consider a half bath on our third floor, just above the current full-bath. Would that actually be easier ?

Asked By: weaselferret - 5/23/2007
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To start off as far as licensing and permits go, I could care less. However, I like a good quality job. To start out your going to need to build either a sub floor or rent a jack hammer. I assume you're going to want a toilet and that requires under the ground plumbing which is not easily done with a cement floor. I... More
Answered By: estate247 - 5/24/2007
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You need to check with the building codes in your area. If you don't build for certain local specifications you won't be able to sell the house later. As long as you have the right building permits then I'd say get a plumbing book from your lobrary and the blueprints for your house (so you odn't accidently hook up your... More
Answered By: PrincessJesci - 5/23/2007
 
Since you already have a washer in the area, you will already have hot and cold water lines. Those will need to be tee'd and continued to the area which you would like to place the half-bath. The problem is going to be the drains and the vents. Since you have a concrete floor you have two options. One would be to... More
Answered By: McLaren - 5/23/2007
 
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