“We’ve been considering converting the basement in our Hingham home into an apartment for our oldest daughter,” Jeffrey said, “but I’m not sure how that would work out from a plumbing perspective. If she needs to come upstairs into the house every time she has to use the bathroom, that’s really going to take away from the sense of a separate space we’re trying to create.”
If you’re familiar with traditional bathroom plumbing systems, you know that a toilet’s drain pipe runs downward, generally into the basement where it is then connected to a municipal sewer system or the home’s septic tank. Gravity plays a pivotal role in keeping everything running smoothly. So what happens when you’re already at the home’s lowest point and there’s no further down to go?
Enter the upflush toilet. These specially designed toilets can be installed on any flat, finished surface. Upflush toilets contain a macerator, which breaks waste products down into tiny pieces, and a pump that quietly and efficiently lifts the waste materials up to the home’s existing sewer infrastructure when the toilet is flushed. Upflush toilets were first introduced in the early 1990’s, and have been functioning reliably in basement bathrooms ever since.
Having your basement finished to serve as living space can involve creating several different functional areas. In the bathroom, in addition to the toilet, you’ll need a bathing option as well as a space for washing up. Shower units are the most common option, but free standing tubs can also be installed. Talk to your Hingham basement renovation specialists for details.
The bathroom in a basement remodel doesn’t have to be bare-bones or utilitarian. Working with skilled basement renovation contractors, you have a wide range of options, from family friendly to spa-like elegance. Choosing the right flooring, lighting, and wall finishes in addition to your plumbing fixtures can result in a gorgeous bathroom in the basement that you love!