Adding a Basement Toilet
A basement toilet is a necessary addition to any bathroom, but the plumbing can be a bit difficult. Check out these solutions for installing a bathroom toilet in your basement bathroom.
If you think plumbing can be difficult above ground, then you can only imagine the challenges that arise when installing a basement toilet. But don't give up just yet: With the right plumbing solutions for your space, you can easily install a basement toilet.
Office Desk On Display
Since Ruth's late husband was attached to his hardy 1950s oak desk, she was adamant about keeping it in the space after the remodel. To give it a modern update, she had it sanded, primed and then sprayed with high-gloss charcoal lacquer. In order to keep the area well-lit, a junction box was added and a custom drum pendant was hung with the bottom 38 inches above the desktop.
In its new state, Julie and Tom's basement is much lighter and more energetic. They integrated color through the paint and wallpaper choices, selecting a shade of dove gray called First Snowfall from Benjamin Moore for the walls. By using the back of the sofa as a room divider, they created another area for seating for four around a table.
Josh Landers and Josh Williams embarked on a basement remodel to create a space where they could work from home several days a week while tending to their puppy, Bentley. Changes included using only dog-friendly, durable and easy-to-clean materials, from the vinyl plank flooring and vinyl crocodile wallcovering to steel furniture and custom draperies made from indoor/outdoor fabric.
To keep the den clutter-free, Landers and Williams use a modern 1960s console to house all of Bentley's needs as well as their own office supplies. Atop the console sits a pair of modern lamps that light the corner, and on the wall is an old pet supply storefront sign that was picked up at an antique market.
Determined to save costs and stick with a short timeline of three weeks, Michelle decided to keep the built-ins that were previously used as game room storage. By placing her writing desk in front of the wall, she can look out into the backyard while working. "I didn't want to sit at my desk all day and stare at the wall. It was important to be able to look outside from my chair," the designer explains. "Floating the desk in front of the storage wall was the perfect solution."
To take full advantage of an 8-foot wall to the left of her design studio's entrance, Michelle designed a custom banquette where she can read design books. In keeping with her signature glamorous style, she chose a glossy, glazed linen for the upholstery with super shiny chrome nail head detail.
One option for basement plumbing is belowground water and waste pipes. If a home has a sewer-line that runs deep enough for gravity to take care of waste disposal, then you may be in luck. Call your local public works department and ask about the approximate sewer-line depth. If this is the case, then your plumbing will be able to run on gravity only, just as it does above ground.
If the sewer-line is not deep enough, then you may need to consider another plumbing method, such as a sewage-ejector system. These systems work like a septic tank in the sense that they are enclosed in a container that sits beneath a toilet.
If you would prefer an aboveground solution, then you may want to consider an upflushing toilet system. While they can be pricey, you will save money on installation and maintenance is easier because you do not have to dig below the concrete for repairs.
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