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i am new to this site. I would appreciate any advice with the problem I have in my basement.

The following photos are of my bathroom in the basement which is entirely too small to currently use.

Please take a look at these photos of the bathroom, my objective is to open up the bathroom space large enough so your knees aren't touching the doorway lol... but it's going to be difficult around that functioning heater and plumbing.

I'm open to any and all recommendations/suggestions on how to expand this space.

I have plenty more photos and can take more if needed heeeeelp please

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I'm always one to say, "It CAN be done," but, that's one helluva mess. You can't really expand towards the window. Well, I guess you could but you're gonna have to hide the drain line behind some creative framing, etc. Going forward creates problems with your heat and your water main. As Ben said, you have no head room. There's no way to put ceiling panels in without making the ceiling too low.

This is one case where calling in a plumber to see what can be done about moving/rearranging the plumbing is key to seeing if you can even think about putting in a real bathroom. Be prepared for a high estimate. That's going to involve a LOT of work.
 

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I'm always one to say, "It CAN be done," but, that's one helluva mess. You can't really expand towards the window. Well, I guess you could but you're gonna have to hide the drain line behind some creative framing, etc. Going forward creates problems with your heat and your water main. As Ben said, you have no head room. There's no way to put ceiling panels in without making the ceiling too low.

This is one case where calling in a plumber to see what can be done about moving/rearranging the plumbing is key to seeing if you can even think about putting in a real bathroom. Be prepared for a high estimate. That's going to involve a LOT of work.
I agree I think I need to get a pro plumber in and ask if that wall mounted heater and plumbing can be rearranged.

Just looking for any, and as many opinions as possible.

It's quit the cluster @u:)" I know but thanks for the advice.!
 

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Knock out the wall toward the window, turn the toilet sideways, either elevate the floor to match the existing, or step down so it will be like a real throne. This way you would have more headroom and no need to change the plumbing. And you could extend the wall without interfering with anything.
 
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Knock out the wall toward the window, turn the toilet sideways, either elevate the floor to match the existing, or step down so it will be like a real throne. This way you would have more headroom and no need to change the plumbing. And you could extend the wall without interfering with anything.
Hmmmm, never thought of that.
 

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If you want to put in a sewer ejector you can put the toilet on the cement floor for more head room in the bathroom..doesnt look too bad to make bigger, easiest is go towards the window..
ive realized since the drain is so high in this house, the sewer ejector will be the best option especially if I wanted to add a shower and or vanity....

I want to do it right but am afraid I may need (too much) professional help at some point. Plumbing surely I will need some expert advice, WHERE are all the experts lol...
 

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We have walked a lot of DIYers through the installation of sewage pits and floor plumbing---

If you have common sense and a good bit of mechanical ability---you may be able to do this yourself---

Hiring out the plumbing is always an option----
 

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I'm not sure. That's what I said when I bought the home. But hey, Got a great deal.
I'm surprised the inspector didn't say anything about that panel.
That toilet (and/or bathroom) should be moved away from the panel. It certainly will be a deficiency when you sell !

If you were to post this in the plumbing section, you'll get plumbers opinions on your options
 

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The panel is a code violation, They cant be in a bathroom and there needs to be 30" wide x 36" free floor area in front of the panel. The toilet room floor is elevated to be able to run drain, Leave the code required area in front of the panel and move bathroom by window, This will take care of the code required ventilation needed in bathroom if the window opens so you don't need a bath fan and you can install a rear discharge toilet and hook the sink into it and a shower if you want or install a sewage pit, But don't put it in front of the panel. You have plenty of room to work with and the drain can be behind the wall in the bathroom
 

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If they know and let it slide they are a whole lot easier on code enforcement then where Im located, Here they would make You rip it out if it was permitted it wouldn't pass. Im thinking later down the road if they want to sell the house and remodel the bathroom without a permit or the home is inspected by a potential buyer and the code violations are caught and must be addressed before the sale can go thru, Its easier to do it right the first time and cheaper then doing it twice. If You have a building inspector contact them and have them stop by and see what they require for it to pass
 
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