My wife and I just put in a beautiful finished basement complete with bar, plasma TV, and a pool table. I had my friends over the house to check out the new basement and suddenly my house became the gathering spot for watching sports events. My wife and I love entertaining people, so this really wasn't a big deal. The only problem was there was no bathroom in the basement. So every time anybody wanted to excuse themselves they would have to go upstairs. I guess you could say we are lazy but this inconvenience became a nuisance to everyone. I decided to convert a large storage closet into a bathroom. I had one huge dilemma the basement floor was cement and I was not about jack hammer a hole in the floor for the toilet. Shopping around for toilets was not an easy task. I had to first find a toilet that fits in a pretty small space and secondly the drainage could not be in the floor. After a lot of searching and talking to plumbers I came across a wall hung toilet. This toilet's drainage pipe and tank goes into wall and without a tank it used less space. Jackpot, my problem was solved! I installed the wall hung toilet in the converted closet. It's kind of narrow in there but it does the job. Basically anyone can have toilet in there basement without having to jack up the floor.
If you are considering putting a bathroom in your basement or making any type of renovations to your home. Think green when buying your products. Green homes sell better and they also save the environment. When choosing the toilet for my basement I was educated in the different types of water saving toilets out there. I chose a dual flush toilet. It saves a good amount of water. Also keep in mind using Low Voc paint, and Incandescent light bulbs. I used the Low Voc paints primarily for my dog. The low Voc paints emit a lot less harmful toxins in the air, so it is pet friendly and good for the environment. Incandescent light bulbs use a lot less energy and last a lot longer then regular light bulbs. Updating your home to be green may be a process but it is worth it in the long run.
Having a finished basement is great place to entertain people. Unfortunately we had no bathroom in the basement, which became a problem. Making a huge adjustments to the basement in order to accommodate a toilet was completely out of the question, so we got a wall hung toilet. Make you sure you get a wall hung toilet with tank. Its compact size and wall drainage were perfect for putting in a small bathroom. Also always try to choose green products when updating your place. My next green renovation is adding a wood floor to the basement. I have searched around and found that bamboo flooring is the greenest way to accomplish this task. Bamboo flooring a renewable resources which usually takes about 3 years to grow. This is significant when considering that most hardwoods take close to a century to grow.