Sometimes people desperately want something in a spot that just might not be the best place for it. and basement bathrooms are something that people sometimes desperately want! At times the basement is arranged such that there is only one place you can even consider for a bathroom.
Take this space for instance.
This bathroom divides the basement into two areas.
But where oh where can the toilet be put?
How about this cute little area right under the stairs!
The rest of the bathroom is just as fun. It is so narrow that when standing at the sink and closing the door, there is barely room for ones, um, backside.
And the very fun shower is smaller than on a cruise ship!
I am inclined toward a different bathroom.
Oh, the photo isn't giving you an idea as to the height over the toilet?
Does this help?
My feet are a long way from that there toilet! That puts the rest of me a long way from that there toilet too!
Gee, visitors better have good aim! Well, boy visitors anyway...
And for anyone who sits down, well, head's up when you stand up!
But don't put your head up too high.
Oh, and there is a vent. It's on the wall just above the toilet!
And it's plastic tube connects at a perfect right angle into the plastic dryer vent tube just on the other side of that wall. And despite that perfect angle, thank goodness for duct tape to control a little bit of the resulting air leakage!
My recommendation: sellers sometimes think that because they bought something the way you find it, that makes it okay. These sellers were told that a permit was pulled to install this bathroom. That's funny because the County didn't know there was a permit pulled, and couldn't have been due to the space restrictions here.
When something doesn't look right, it pays to check for yourself if something was done with a permit or not. While you may accept that funny-looking thing when you buy the house, one day you will sell it and your buyer may not!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560