A separate loo is a useful addition to most homes-making provision for one can be easier than you think.
For anyone sharing a home with young children, teenager’s elderly people, or regular overnight guests, the advantages of an additional suite, particularly one downstairs, are self-evident. It relieves congestion during family rush hours and saves children and adults having to climb flights of stairs in a tall house it also means guests don’t have to use the main bathroom and can leave their coats downstairs.
More often than not, installing a separate cloakroom suite is both feasible and economical; it can even improve the value of your home. Make sure you draw up plans in consultation with an architect or plumber familiar with local building and water regulations. The installation of a new suite, or any plumbing work that adds to existing waste systems, must be approved by your local building inspector.
A separate toilet can be fitted into a surprisingly small space. The optimum dimensions of approximately 1400 by 900mm allow room for a standard WC with a 500mm wide cistern and 700mm projection pan along with a compact wall-mounted cloakroom hand basin.
Any plans to install a cloakroom suite are dependant on the position of the existing soil stack to which it has to be connected. via a bulky soil pipe. An ideal situation would be beneath (or above) an existing bathroom, as it is possible to create a further access point to the soil stack at ground floor level, although this is definitely a job for a professional.
The distance from the cloakroom toilet to the soil stack should be as short as possible because the pipe must have a fall of not less than 1:80 (12.5mm per
Small bore macerators which are connected directly behind the pan enable a WC to be installed almost anywhere in the building, including a basement or attic. Compact and unobtrusive, they incorporate an efficient pump that is capable of discharging waste to a distance of 50 metres through 22mm pipe work.
A window which opens is not obligatory. But in the absence of one, the building Regulations demand that ample ventilation be provided by an extractor fan (fitted into a window or an external wall.) The extractor can switch on automatically together with the light, or be operated by a pull cord linked to the light switch.