Our house was built in the late 60’s when basements were tiled with vinyl asbestos and bathrooms were the size of closets.
When a flood ruined the floor in our upstairs hall bathroom, I took the opportunity to redo the whole room. I would have loved to make it bigger, but there was nowhere to expand. Instead, I decided to see if I could use some visual tricks to enlarge the space. Here are some of the techniques I employed:
We started by removing the tub and installing a shower in its place. And to make the space look wider, we designed it with no curb at the shower entrance and no shower door. There’s only a glass panel you step around. As another space saver, the toilet paper holder hangs on the outside of the glass panel.
To give the room an open feeling, we used coordinated, very light tile on the walls and the floor. (The wall tiles are laid horizontally to widen the room.) We also found a vanity that was slightly smaller than the old one–with an open shelf at the bottom to give a more airy appearance.
A glass shelf hangs on the wall over the toilet. It can hold necessities but doesn’t visually intrude into the room. In the same way, the medicine cabinet is rimless and set into the wall.
For a coordinated look, all the fittings in the room, including the grab bar in the shower, are brushed nickel.
And finally, we opted for a sliding “barn door” on the outside of the bathroom, so the door takes up no interior space.
If you’re thinking about remodeling a bathroom, perhaps you can use some of these space-saving tricks.
I was lucky to have David Sanderson-Kilchenstein do all the demo and construction. He helped me pick out materials, then took the bathroom down to the studs and built it back up again. As you can see, his work is fantastic.
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