If you are considering converting a vacant cupboard under the stairs into a toilet, the friendly and experienced team will be happy to work with you to plan an efficient use of the space.
Plan and Maximise Space
If your under stair cupboard is littered with electrical cables, or contains a gas meter or fuse box, you might want to move them to the far bottom end of the cupboard, or even just hide all the clutter by boxing it.
If your cupboard is divided by a partition wall, or has two small doors, one solution would be to remove the old structure, erect a new side wall with new wider doors that are hinged to open out into the hall, and then plasterboard the underside of the stairs and the all the inside area. The panelling on the side of the stairs should match the colour(s) of the doors.
The side wall would be made from wood or plasterboard, and painted or varnished to blend with the balustrade and corridor walls. These changes would allow for a wider, custom-made door to be fitted to the loo.
The basin should be located against the tallest wall so that even the tallest member of the family has enough headroom to stand upright when washing their hands.
The loo can be positioned under the slope. Ideally you should buy a washbasin and toilet that are specially made for use in a small space. Wall hung are best, as they leave floor area clear.
Any loo must be connected to the soil pipe. Unless the soil pipe can be conveniently accessed from the cupboard, we would need to fit a macerator pump for the toilet to liquefy the waste, which is then pumped through a small pipe to the soil stack. Fitting the water supply may require floorboards in the hall to be lifted and new pipes installed.
To keep the under stairs toilet extra warm, and towels dry, you might consider fitting a heated towel rail. It should be wall mounted to keep the floor clear, and extra space should be left around it to avoid potentially painful burns. If the central heating pipes are too far from the toilet it is possible to also install a small electric heater.
Enhance privacy by insulating new or existing walls. Installing a 52mm panel consisting of an outer layer of acoustic plasterboard and an inner layer of acoustic mineral wool that is made to be glued to the wall is enough to dampen everyday sounds. For further soundproofing, acoustic mineral wool can be put under the floorboards and in the ceiling.
Fitting attractive lighting is a nice touch, either wall mounted above the basin, or a spotlight set into the ceiling. The light could be operated either by a string pull inside the toilet, or a light switch outside it.
According to building regulations, all domestic toilets need to have adequate ventilation. If there is no window, an extractor will need to be fitted: these are usually made to work when the light is switched on, and then switch automatically off five minutes after the light is switched off. Existing windows will probably be single glazed, so you could benefit by replacing them with modern, double-glazed ones.
It's usually best to avoid dark colours as they can make the space a little dull; neutral colours such as off-white, stone or cappuccino give a sophisticated finish. Decorate walls and ceiling in the same shade, or for an easy clean option use tiles. Running the same flooring from the hall into the loo will give a greater sense of space.
If you are planning to install a toilet under the stairs then please give as a call for expert advice.
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