Remodeling Ideas for Small Bathrooms
Many homeowners are faced with the problem of having to change the look of a small bathroom. Here are some design ideas & tips on how to make the most of small bath spaces from bathroom remodeling expert James Chapman:
One of the most popular solutions for small bathroom remodeling is to simply knock off one side. This will allow you to expand in one direction and get more space. An issue here is that this solution is not cheap. Aside from spending a lot to reconstruct a new wall, you may also have to consider paying for extensive changes in plumbing and wiring.
There are options if you do not wish to push back your walls however. One of them is to simply replace previously large fixtures and features with smaller ones. There are small baths tubs, sinks, toilets and cabinets that can be installed in place of old ones. You have to make sure though that the largest member of your family can comfortably use these smaller fixtures.
Hanging some objects are other excellent ideas for small bathrooms design. Large, wooden storage cabinets can take a lot of space. Create more space by knocking down these cabinets instead of the walls. You can opt to install free floating cabinets or metal bar shelves. You can also hang small hampers on hooks on your wall. Aside from cabinets, you can also leave some other bathroom fixtures hanging. A baseless sink and a vanity with a hanging glass ledge are examples.
Small bathroom remodeling will not be complete without a new coat of paint. First, avoid dark colors. Choose lighter ones and pair with equally light colored tiles and fixtures. The light color will not just be soothing; it can also help create the impression that you really have more space. If you want to paint some designs, choose those that aren’t too large. Mirrors will also help open up the room.
Moreover, you can use artificial or natural light to create the impression of expansiveness. It is always great if you can simply cut out a large top window. If this puts you in danger of being seen from outside, you can use bright lighting instead. Have a dimmer installed so you can create softer light when your mood calls for it.
Renovating your small bathroom should be a lot of fun! The real key is to simply change viewer perspective and utilize every available space you have. The key to a successful bath project is to talk with an experienced, professional contractor who can take your ideas, and theirs, and make them a reality.
Hope this helps!
Mike Blank, CGR CAPS
Helping Lancaster County, PA with their bathroom remodeling needs since 1999!