Convert Your Closet into a Powder Room

By Women Designing Kitchens at Royal Kitchen Designs

Today everyone is looking for ways to add value to their homes. Kitchens and bathrooms consistently deliver the greatest return on investment. So imagine the benefit of adding a half-bath to your home. It can be done…and for a lot less than you think.

In many situations a closet can be easily converted into a powder room. The first step is to assess if you have the space needed to accommodate a toilet and vanity. If you can reconfigure the area, your home may be a candidate for a closet conversion.

The next, and probably most important step, is to check with a plumber to see if it is feasible to connect the plumbing fixtures to an existing water line and drain. If that’s doable, then you can begin the conversion process.

Since this is a complex project, you will want to make sure you are working with an experienced home renovation company. Because you are starting from scratch, you need someone with a strong sense of design, as well as construction expertise.

You will need to seek permitting from your city for this project. Once the plans have been approved, it’s time to purchase your supplies. With over 75 years of combined experience, one thing we’ve learned is that you do not want to start a renovation project until you have all your materials in hand. We suggest you have your vanity, toilet, sink, faucets, tile, lighting and mirrors delivered before you knock your first hole in the wall. With all supplies at the ready, your project should be completed in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

It’s also important to make sure your contractors are ready to go. By working with a full-service home renovation company you can be sure there is no downtime with your project. Every step is carefully planned and scheduled.

The first step in converting the closet into a powder room is to tear down the walls and frame out the new space. Once this is complete, a licensed plumber can cut through the slab and connect the plumbing. After the rough plumbing is in place, it’s time to install the tile. If you are using wall tile, it is important to make sure the electrician has already installed the wiring for the outlets, light fixtures and exhaust fan, if needed. The vanity can then be installed, along with the mirror. Then it’s time to bring the plumber back to connect the plumbing; this includes installing the sink, faucets and toilet. Hook up the lights, paint the walls and your new half-bath is finished.

Converting a closet to a powder room is definitely not a do-it-yourself project. This is an extensive renovation. All work should be done by professional plumbers, electricians and general contractors.

You should expect to pay about $6,900 to complete a closet conversion. That is really a great price, when you consider that a typical powder room renovation costs about $4,900. In either case, the homeowner will recoup the construction costs with the added equity in their home.

Royal Kitchen Designs is a full-service interior design and renovation company specializing in kitchens, bathrooms and luxurious living spaces. The company has been serving Broward and South Palm Beach counties for almost a decade. From custom kitchens and beautiful baths to designer draperies, every Royal Kitchen Designs project receives the royal touch. With over 75 years of combined experience, owners Margie Levy and Eliane Berdah can turn any home into a castle. Call Royal Kitchen Designs at (954) 717-1805 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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