Adding a powder room - or half bath - to the main floor of your home is a project that can increase the value of your home and provide much-needed additional bathroom space for your family.
According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), a powder room can usually be easily incorporated into the layout of the home without a lot of structural changes. Closets and unused spaces, such as areas under a staircase, often work well for these projects. While a large space is not necessary, considerations should include plumbing, heating, soil-line access and building codes. ThisOldHouse.com recommends that potential spaces for a powder room should measure 3- to 4-feet wide and 6- to 8-feet long.
Unlike full bathrooms, powder rooms can look beautiful and luxurious with just a few design elements. A stunning bathroom vanity or pedestal sink can serve as the focal point, no matter how small the space is. Other necessities include a toilet, sink, faucet, lighting and mirror.
NKBA.org also recommends including a small table for a purse as well as a coat hook to make the space easier to use for guests.