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Powder room, water closet, the loo, lavatory, the John – whatever you call it, there may come a time when you’ll want to remodel it. And, because of ever-changing building codes, you’ll want to ensure you’re in full compliance.

Here are some key measurements to keep in mind.

Floor Area – A powder room can fit into a space as small as 60 inches square, allowing for a small or pedestal sink, a toilet, and a door. If you are adding a powder room, it’s important to remember that the wall behind a toilet and sink may need to be thicker than standard 2×4 construction to allow for plumbing.

Doors – From pocket to barn-house and everything in between, there’s a bathroom door style to suit your taste. As for sizing, standard widths are 28, 30, and 32 inches. The width of a wheelchair accessible door should be at least 36 inches. Height wise, standard is 80 or 96 inches.


Windows – If you’re considering adding windows for aesthetic appeal or ventilation, they must be at least 1 ½ square feet or 5% of the square footage of the room.

Sinks – Bathroom sinks can be small and functional, large and grand, or somewhere in between. Rule of thumb is to allow at least 24 inches clearance in front of your sink. You can make the most of any space by opting for a sink as small as 12 inches front to back.

Vanities – A sink built into a cabinet or vanity can be 21 – 24 inches deep, with a vanity height of 34 – 36 inches. Take your comfort level into consideration when deciding on height.

Toilets – Before deciding on a toilet, carefully measure its designated space. Most clearance codes require a minimum of 15 inches on either side of its centerline and 24 inches in front.

Outlets – Bathrooms should be equipped with GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets to protect you from electric shock. For that matter, GFCI outlets are required anywhere water and electricity can come in contact.

Feeling a little overwhelmed? Then turn to Connor Plumbing for help with your bathroom upgrade project.  We can handle all your plumbing needs and ensure that everything is done up to or exceeding code requirements.  Connor Plumbing: for all your home plumbing needs.

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