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New household members make bathroom creation an absolute must to preserve privacy while enhancing the livability of a home.

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Saniflo above-floor, macerating unit is installed behind the water closet, either in front of the wall or concealed behind it. As seen here, it can handle waste water from a sink and a shower as well as the toilet.Rising unemployment rates and looming foreclosures are reviving the once-common, “home-share” model, uniting strangers and family members under a single roof — and increasing the need for home privacy.

A record 12 percent of U.S. homeowners are now in arrears on their mortgage payments, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Foreclosures are up 30 percent since 2008 (RealtyTrac). An April 2008 study by the National Coalition for the Homeless showed that more than 76% of homeowners and renters who were forced to move because of foreclosures relocated with family or friends.

On the flip side are the homeowners who have decided to open their doors to boarders as a way to generate enough extra income to stave off foreclosure or bankruptcy. The trend is undeniable, and it is impacting consumers of all ages and backgrounds. Susan MacTavish Best, spokesperson for the national online classified ad site Craigslist, says roommate listings are up 65 percent in the past 12 months.

Making room for housemates: To make home-sharing work, privacy is critical. As more homeowners open their homes, many will remodel for new housemates. Installing an additional bathroom makes home-sharing a much more practical solution for the short-term. Just as importantly, a new bathroom provides a proven, long-term return on homeowner investment.

A recession may not seem like the best time to invest in your home. But smart remodeling (www.saniflo.com) helps maintain your residence, while boosting its value — better positioning you to capitalize when the market turns around.

According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2008-2009 “Cost vs. Value” report, a bathroom addition recoups nearly 65 percent of the investment. Small wonder then that bathrooms are the second-most popular type of residential remodeling job (National Association of Home Builders).

Keeping your bathroom addition low-cost: If you’re ready to add a bathroom (www.saniflo.com) to your home, be aware that you can save time and money by using an above-floor, macerating plumbing system. This type of product eliminates the need for costly excavation to create below-floor drainage. The technology offered by SFA Saniflo Inc. makes it inexpensive to put a new bathroom anywhere in your home – including the basement.

“Above-floor plumbing saves my customers an average of $1,000, and that’s on the low side,” says plumber Mike Sikorski of East Taunton, Mass. Sikorski recently installed a Saniflo bath addition in the basement of a customer who needed to make room to accommodate a parent.

Sikorski says installation of an above-floor plumbing system for half a bath or in a finished room typically takes just half a day. Full baths can take a day and a half. But either way, the savings are substantial.

Because there’s no need to dig underground drainage lines, a macerating toilet can be positioned right on top of virtually any floor in a home. Placement options include the basement, which is typically situated below drainage lines to the sewer or septic tank. With Saniflo, waste and water are efficiently pumped upward into these lines.

“I recommend above-floor for all my basement baths now,” Sikorski adds. “It’s a ‘cut-and-dry’ installation, and there are no surprises.”

Opening your home is a big step. Here are some additional tips to keep the transition a smooth one:

  • Rental Agreement: Even with family, it’s a good idea to have a formal agreement that spells out rent, house rules and chores.

  • Homeowner’s Insurance: Check with your insurance agency to determine if you need additional coverage.

  • IRS: You may be able to deduct part or all of your bathroom-addition installation costs, but you may also need to report the rental income. Contact a tax advisor or visit www.irs.gov.

  • Rights and Responsibilities of Co-Owners: The National Association of Housing Cooperatives has posted a variety of helpful information on cooperative home ownership. Visit the Web site: www.coophousing.org.

Learn more about low-cost, above-floor bathroom systems by visiting www.saniflo.com or calling toll-free: 800-571-8191.

ABOUT SANIFLO
SFA SANIFLO INC. is the only manufacturer of its kind in North America, offering a complete line of macerating toilet systems and gray water pumping systems for residential and commercial applications. Saniflo markets through independent sales agents throughout North America, and the product line is currently available at distributor and dealer locations throughout the United States and Canada.

For more information about SANIFLO, call toll-free at 1-800-571-8191; visit the Saniflo website at www.saniflo.com; or visit the Saniflo Media Room at www.LNCcommunications.com/mediaroom-sf.html.

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