Is An Outdoor Bathroom A Good Investment Or A Liability?

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The entire concept of an outdoor bathroom can leave you wondering if it is a good investment. Many homeowners question whether or not they’ll actually make good use of it. Considering that it has to be factored into the budget and landscape, it is understandable to try to get some clarity.

Firstly, to answer the question, an outdoor bathroom is a unique investment or addition to any home. Not only does it offer an easy way for guests or family members to freshen up, but it also offers convenience to homeowners who enjoy spending time outdoors, like on the patio or swimming pool.

Regardless, building an outdoor bathroom is a very delicate project. In order for you to make an informed decision, here are key reasons an outdoor bathroom poses a good investment and a few downsides to consider as well. Let’s get started.

Reasons why an outdoor bathroom can be a wonderful addition to your home

1. Convenience

One of the main benefits of an outdoor bathroom is its convenience. Whether you are entertaining guests or you enjoy outdoor living (like relaxing in the pool or patio), you can conveniently use the bathroom anytime.

So, instead of going back and forth from indoors to outdoors to use the bathroom or toilet, you can quickly make use of the outdoor bathroom. This eliminates the need for excess movement between indoor and outdoor spaces.

2. Added privacy

The added privacy offered by an outdoor bathroom is another benefit worth mentioning. When you have guests, they may feel more at ease using an outdoor bathroom because of the level of privacy it provides that the indoor bathroom may not have.

3. Increases the value of your home

With the increased preference by owners for outdoor spaces and living, you expect your home value to increase with an outdoor bathroom.  A well-designed bathroom can be a significant asset to potential buyers.

4. Makes it easier to enjoy yard space

An outdoor bathroom makes it easier for homeowners or family members to spend more time in the yard. They can enjoy other outdoor features such as the swimming pool, hot tub, tennis court, etc, knowing fully well that if they need the facility, they can easily access it.

5. Additional hosting space

With an outdoor bathroom, you also have additional hosting space on your property. We’ve all been to house parties; sometimes, they can be crowded with limited restrooms. An outdoor bathroom might come in handy, creating more space for guests.

Are there any downsides to having an outdoor bathroom?

There are a few downsides you must consider before investing in an outdoor bathroom. The first downside is the cost associated with building one. Building an outdoor bathroom can be a costly addition to the home.

Labor costs, getting plumbing and electrical work done, obtaining a permit to build an outdoor bathroom, and getting amenities and features can add to the cost of building an outdoor bathroom.

The second downside is the maintenance requirement associated with an outdoor bathroom. They have to be cleaned appropriately and repaired if damaged, or else they look out of place and may affect the backyard’s ambiance.


How much does it cost to build an outdoor bathroom?

A fixed price can be challenging as the final price will depend on various factors. However, building an outdoor bathroom can cost anywhere from $2,000 – $10,000.

Is there another name for outdoor bathrooms?

The term “outhouse” is another term used to replace an outdoor bathroom.

Where is the best place to install an outdoor bathroom?

The best place is usually in the yard behind the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room. These rooms already have hold and cold pipes, making the installation process easy and less costly.

In conclusion – Is An Outdoor bathroom an asset or a liability?

Building an outdoor bathroom is an excellent addition to the backyard of any home. Offering convenience and privacy to homeowners, guests, and other members or users. What’s more, it can add to the value of your home. So, yes, an outdoor bathroom is an asset.

That said, outdoor bathrooms tend to be a costly addition to the home. While DIY projects can save money, it is not really advised for outdoor bathrooms. In the long run, you may find out that having it done by a professional will not only get the job done correctly but also follow local codes and regulations.

I hope you found this article helpful. You might also find this article on the best types of bathroom materials helpful.

Thanks for reading.

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