How to Enlarge a Bathroom Without Moving Any Walls.

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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Rebecca York

NY Times & USA Today best-seller, Rebecca York, is the author of over 150 books. She has written paranormal romantic thrillers for Berkley and romantic thrillers for Harlequin Intrigue. Her new romantic-suspense series, Decorah Security, is set at a detective agency where agents have paranormal powers or work paranormal cases. She also writes an Off-World series where each story is a science fiction romance taking place on a distant planet in the far future.
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NY Times & USA Today best-seller, Rebecca York, is the author of over 150 books. She has written paranormal romantic thrillers for Berkley and romantic thrillers for Harlequin Intrigue. Her new romantic-suspense series, Decorah Security, is set at a detective agency where agents have paranormal powers or work paranormal cases. She also writes an Off-World series where each story is a science fiction romance taking place on a distant planet in the far future.  View website

13 Replies to “How to Enlarge a Bathroom Without Moving Any Walls.”

  1. Your bathroom looks terrific and just in time to help me with my bathroom remodel. Ours is currently gutted and refit was delayed by power outage from East coast cyclone, but we are hopung to get it done this week. Thanks for some great ideas!

    • Thanks so much. Too bad I couldn’t add a window. I would have liked more storage, but any storage would have taken up space in the room.

  2. It’s lovely and very cleverly chosen to make the most of your space. You know I recently went through this process, but you make me want to do it again! Having a dependable contractor is a big plus.

    • Thanks. Yes, you need the right person. David made me wish a few things were different in the master bath–like having the grab bars match the rest of the fixtures. Of course, I can endlessly think of things to do to change the house–which I think you can identify with.

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