Adding a Basement Shower
Add a shower to your finished basement, and you've got the perfect guest space.
By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik
A finished basement space can be the ideal area for entertaining guests, spending time with family or creating an at-home work space. But a basement can also work doubly hard with the addition of a shower.
Installing a basement shower often comes with the same strings attached as the installation of any basement plumbing, meaning that it often requires the uprooting of concrete. However, if a home was built with the main drain above the basement level, then the installation of a shower will require different steps.
In the event that a homeowner planned to add a bathroom in the future, then a contractor will have installed plumbing stubs. In this case, all that is required is choosing a shower and placing it over the plumbing stubs.
On the other hand, a shower can also be installed in conjunction with an up-flush system which would allow for the concrete to remain in place. An up-flush system works to pump sewage from a holding tank and into the main sewer line.
If a homeowner does plan to break concrete in order to install a basement shower, then it may be necessary to consult an experienced contractor. Digging into concrete requires knowledge about how to provide venting for a drain and avoiding other water systems which could cause future leaks.
See also: Planning a Basement Remodel
The shower pan helps protect the tile floor of a shower. Here's how to take care of it.
Invest in a Soaking Tub for Your Zen Bathroom
Installing a soaking tub gives your bathroom an authentic and relaxing Zen-inspired design.
Could your bathroom shower use a little updating? Check out the newest trends.
New designs and materials are making shower areas the star of the bath.
Explore the many options for creating a beautiful bathtub area.
Browse your options for tub faucets, and prepare to install a stylish and long-lasting tub fixture.
How to Replace a Leaky Bathroom Faucet
Host Steve Watson shows how to install a bathroom faucet.
Old Tub, New Finish
Prep makes perfect when it comes to the tricky task of reglazing a tub.
Large and Luxurious Walk-In Showers
Move over, jetted soaking tubs. Power showers top homeowners' wish lists.
Bathroom Sink Faucets
Get info on bathroom sink faucets, and choose the style and design that will work best for the bath space in your home.
Subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest trends and expert advice delivered to your inbox.
We're serving up the latest news, gorgeous style, crafty DIY projects, clever entertaining tips and more. Consider these your design digests.