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Old 12-13-2008, 11:13 PM
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I have a 5 x 8 guest bathroom that I'm remodeling. It's currently gutted to the studs. House is on a slab. Tub end of the bathroom is the exterior wall of the house. Is it a reasonable project to have a contractor come in and extend the bathroom out (without affecting the existing roof structure ) by just a few feet to free up some space? House is small, 1500 ft2 and I'm about to have some estimates done. I realize I havent provided a ton of details, just trying to get a feel for whether this is a worthwhile project or not. Thanks,,,,
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Old 12-14-2008, 02:23 AM
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Guests shouldn't be there long enough to need baths, lose the tub. I took the closet out of my guest room.

But to answer your question; since the tub end is at the wall, I'll presume that the 'addition' would be 5' x some dimension. Not something I would do for a guest bathroom. What about a shower stall?
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Old 12-14-2008, 03:40 AM
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Jailbreak-I agree with afishinado. Does not seem worth the trouble. the structure part is relatively easy. Removing the 5' of the exterior wall would require a beam to pick up and transfer the roof load - a few LVL beams would do that but the more expensive part is the new, small section of concrete slab you'll need to add and then connecting up the drainage of any new plumbing that might occur in the newly expanded space. If it were me, I'd look at using the existing space mre creatively so you end up with a nicely designed space in stead of just more space. Will cost a lot less and if done right might just add value to the house. Don't know if you are familiar with the Fine Homebuilding series of magazines, they issue a yearly kitchen and bath edition and this onth's has some very nice solutins for small bathrooms in it. Worth a look.
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Old 12-14-2008, 06:36 AM
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I should mention that the bathroom is the 2nd of only 2 bathrooms in the house and does get some decent traffic guestwise. The addition I had in mind was a small 5 sided outcove,,, adding around 3 feet of depth and not tying into the existing roof. However, this is just the type of feedback I like getting from fellow THT'rs. Appreciate the input. Would definitely like to pick up the Fine Homebuilding series and give it a look. I agree that it may not be worth the trouble or effort. Thanks again.
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Old 12-14-2008, 07:13 AM
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A lot of work for three feet. If you have the money why dont you add a bigger addition? In my area you would need to hire an architect to draw up plans for the three feet.
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Old 12-14-2008, 07:45 AM
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I agree with the comments above.

In many cases but not all: proportionately you'll get a bigger bang for the buck if you go larger, you've already occurred most of the expenses if you extend the room 3'. IMHO this is one of those cases of, "go big or stay home".
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Old 12-14-2008, 08:49 AM
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You don't mention whether or not you wish the tubto also bea shower enclosure. [img]../images/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]

If it's a "tub only" you can dramatically enhance the bathroom by adding a prefabricated bay window w/ the sill at tub height changing very little structurally, but adding the feeling of spaciousness and light. They also have their own roof structure that would fit under the existing eave of the roof. I have 1(one) interior 5x8 bath so I know your pain.[img]../images/emoticons/frown.gif[/img]
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Old 12-14-2008, 08:56 AM
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3' NO -----WAY.

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1. never would look like it belonged there, always would look like 3' stuck on your bath room

2. 3' will cost you just as much and almost as much work as doing something usefull.

3. not tying into existing roof or structure, well I wouldn't add it on unless I did.

4. you got enough room in there to get business done, live with it. It's a bath room not a dance hall.

5 are you married? If you are it is my experience that once you prove to your wife you can accomplish this type of work, their will no end to the "remodeling". Play stupid and allow her to think you are totally inert.
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twentynine - 12/13/2008 11:56 PM
5 are you married? If you are it is my experience that once you prove to your wife you can accomplish this type of work, their will no end to the "remodeling". Play stupid and allow her to think you are totally inert.
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Old 12-14-2008, 11:43 AM
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twentynine - 12/14/2008 11:56 AM5 are you married? If you are it is my experience that once you prove to your wife you can accomplish this type of work, their will no end to the "remodeling". Play stupid and allow her to think you are totally inert.
thank you for admitting that game ! but here's a bigger game - we (wives) already know y'all just play dumb. we don't push it because the majority of the time we don't want your help anyway
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Old 12-14-2008, 03:45 PM
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What is the required setback by the building code?

Depending on the code, the location of the proposed addition and the location of the house on the lot you may not be able to legally extend the footprint of the house 3'.
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Old 12-15-2008, 04:31 AM
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I'm interested in having the alcove poured and framed in only. My Dad and I are planning on doing all the plumbing and finishing out the interior. I don't have the room on that side for a major addition as I have around 16' to the property line only. Local code puts the setback at 10' from the property line on the sides. Good input from all. I'm going to get a few estimates and evaluate the bang for the buck factor. Twentynine,,,, that was some funny stuff about it being a bathroom and not a dance hall. Good input from all, appreciated as always,,,
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