Bathrooms for garden rooms

Many people who choose to have garden rooms installed do so because they’ve run out of space in the home. Whether it’s for use as a garden office, a gym or a play room for the kids, it’s a cost effective, low hassle and practical alternative to getting a house extension or simply moving.

But if there’s one thing that rivals space for being at a premium within the home, it’s bathrooms! If you’ve ever stood in a queue on your landing, waiting for a teenage family member to come out so you can get to work, you’ll know exactly what I mean.

As a lack of bathrooms and space are often intrinsically linked, getting a bathroom installed within a garden room can be a sensible option, for use when guests come over or you want some time to yourself to enjoy your shower after the gym.

Unfortunately, fitting bathrooms in garden rooms is never just as simple as plugging in your toilet, shower or bath and getting on with it, the water not only has to get there but the waste has got to go somewhere when you’re done.

Installing a septic tank especially for the task is often prohibitively expensive, so it is generally the best idea to run a waste pipe out to meet the house’s waste connection.

Should your garden room be being installed above the level of the house (i.e. your garden slopes up hill), you can rely on installing gravity fed underground soil drainage to remove the waste from the bathroom. Often being a 4” pipe (right middle), a trench has to be dug with the pipe laid in it and a connection to the sewer or septic tank carried out. This will often require the involvement of a building control officer to inspect the work once complete.

Another option with garden rooms is the installation of a macerator, of which Saniflo are the most commonly recognised brand. A macerator functions by pumping waste water under pressure and a connection will usually be made to the house’s soil stack.

The advantage of a macerator is that it can pump waste long distances horizontally and up hill, so it can be ideal for a bathroom at the bottom of the garden. However it does still require the digging of a trench for a 1.5” pipe and an electrical connection to power it and as with any mechanical item, there is the possibility of it breaking down (the most common being a foreign object being flushed down the toilet).

Should you want any impartial advice then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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