Small bathroom...what to do?
daphnamm23
May 15, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Help!
We just moved and this is our only bathroom. Nevertheless to say we are a family of four. I really need to make this small space brighter and use the space without overloading it. Should I change the paint color? Add cabinets?
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rinqreation
What is your budget? What are the measurements? Layout?
Is there room to extend in/out or rebuild? What do you like to see in here?
Is the plumbing adjustable (toilet drain!)?
Is there a seperate toilet in the house? How about the layout there?
And could you please post a floorplan if there is room for rebuilding?
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daphnamm23
It is 7 feet long from the window to the door
And 6 feet wide. There is no other toilet in the house. The plumbing is cesspool.
My budget max $1000. We are thinking of extending, but not at this moment. :(
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Amala Carpets
I would go with a light teal blue color for the walls, like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/20618110766102408/
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ASVInteriors
Do you have a shower? Could you post photos of all 4 sides - even if you cannot get it all in, perhaps we can work out how to help you better.
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daphnamm23
Here are some more pictures
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daphnamm23
@ASVInvestrirs We have a tub
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ASVInteriors
For a family of four
I would see if you could extend your sink to two units (IKEA do very reasonable double sinks) This would use that empty space next to your current sink and by the window
You can either go for two small sinks and lay them on a shelf unit between the wall http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60148329/ (total $180) + taps + shelf/counter
OR if you can manage to turn the heater under the window (and I don't know what type of heater it is in the US and next to a bath)
you could add a double sink with storage ($700). http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/bathroom/

This will give you more sink space and also some storage.
I would then paint the upper part of your walls a light colour (white or pale cream) to bring in light. You could add a strip of mirror tiles above the sink (much cheaper than cut glass) or buy two large mirrors from IKEA ($40 total)

Add a white shower curtain, a large white bath mat that will do double time for both sides.

what is the return by the ceiling perhaps you can put some recessed lights there?
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rinqreation
I would try to save some money for a (second) seperate toilet. Having a small bathroom is fine, but having to wait for the shower when someone is on the toilet (or other way around) is annoying.

A really pale blue wall paint for example, a white/light shower curtain, a new piece of pvc flooring (light wood look?), larger oval mirror, light fixture, maybe white shutters/blinds, some fun accents in color. The double ikea sink is a good idea, or a long sink.
Broderick Bath
Lake Minnetonka Children's Bathroom Remodel
Cozy Cottage Bathroom
Wyndmoor Residence bathroom
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daphnamm23
Thank you very much for all the great ideas! I love the double sink, I love Ikea, the color ideas and I love the accent ideas. I totally appreciate all your help. I didn't know what to do ( I know now) Thank you :))
You all are A-wesome!
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OnePlan
hey ! you had the dream team working on that !! lucky you !!! Houzz is great !!! so many good ideas !!
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daphnamm23
Last question. Should I paint this cabinets or should I repaint them white?
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daphnamm23
:).
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leelee
Plenty of towel bars to hang wet towels.
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daphnamm23
Oh yeah great idea! Thank you
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pcmom1
For long term, I would start to scope out an area for a powder room. To save money, if it could actually back up to current plumping and be next door, that would be optimum. A second toilet for your family would be really nice to have!

Wonder if for the short term we could figure out some sort of partition, pocket door or sliding door to separate the toilet area of the bath from the shower?
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daphnamm23
We are hoping to do a new second bathroom, but we just moved in and we are still fixing the house ( a farm house from 1830) a lot of work. We are hoping to fix this bathroom and the ideas have been so helpful. I am very thankful to all.
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
You have a couple of problems that have an easy solution. One of them is towel bars and the other is easy access to bottles. With the bead board wainscoting that you have you could do this:

1. Mount a 1x4" board flat against the wall right above the wainscoting and install coat hooks on it to hold towels.
2. At the top of the board, install a 3" wood shelf on which to place cosmetics that need to be readily available.
You could assign a certain section to each member of the family.

Other than those things, I would paint all the trim and cabinets white and select a pleasant color for the walls.
A light tile on the floor and shower would brighten the room enormously. As would a good light fixture.
Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
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daphnamm23
Thank you so much. I can see the light now...do you think I should change the color on the cabinets or leave it white?
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Mary Koczwara
I agree with Carolyn, above.

Another idea for towels is to install hooks on the back of bedroom doors. Each person keeps his/her towel in his/her room, which is where we often end up with our towels anyway. These low-cost fixes may suffice until you can add a bathroom later.
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
That must be so true, Michelle, that when there's only one bath, one doesn't take the time to get dressed there, but retreats to one's room to do that. Excellent idea to keep one's towel in one's room!
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pcmom1
Funny, spent first ten years of life in a house where two adults and three kids shared one bath, but now it seems just not doable! Obviously it is.
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daphnamm23
@pcmom1 I hope it will not be 10 years for us, but if you did it I can do it too. We always had 2 bathrooms... So yes, it is very challenging now
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rinqreation
Where I live it's normal to have one bathroom (shower/bath and sink) for the whole family and one small powder room (toilet+sink), but modern homes have a toilet in the bathroom too, thus a second toilet. They call it 1,5bath in the States, right?
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momof5x
I would extend the sink area if you can towards the wall so more than one person can use it and that would give you extra storage space underneath too. See pics from Houzz below to get the idea:

Hudson River Duplex ( sink idea)

Druid Hills Renovation New Children's Bathroom in Attic ( sink idea 2)

Volunteer Park Residence 10 ( storage above sinks)

Bathrooms (storage idea above toilet)
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sinofaucet
Hi, daphnamm23, your bathroom is very cozy. I agree with ASVInteriors's suggestion adding a white shower curtain, a large white bath mat that will do double time for both sides very much. Maybe here will give you more advices. http://www.houzz.com/projects/48811/Shower-Curtain http://www.houzz.com/projects/62088/Bath-Mat-Rugs
Good luck.
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pcmom1
Rinqreation, that setup (shower room plus additional toilet room) makes so much sense! We over here are starting to move in that direction by having a toilet room within the bath room.

We saw a house once (shopping for vacation place) where there was a vanity with sink in a bedroom. Thought it was different to say the least, but would help with pressure to get into the bath to brush teeth!
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joansahmed
Put a nice light tile floor in, something like this white and black tile, get a pedestal sink to make it look less crowded and go with the white wainscotting as shown in several of the bathrooms suggested. Put a nice white roman shade. Upgrade your bath and had a good shower head system.
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daphnamm23
@pcmom1 I had an apartment like that. There was a vanity in the room with Hollywood lights... Good idea I could do my make up while my kids are using the sink
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daphnamm23
Thank you everyone for all the help. I am excited now about all we can do with the bathroom :)) so many great ideas
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pcmom1
What rooms back up to the plumbing?
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daphnamm23
@pcmom1 a stair way and kitchen
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pcmom1
Perhaps a small powder room could be fit under the stairway.
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daphnamm23
Those stairs go to the second floor and they also let you into the baseman. Looks like the kitchen was added later
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rinqreation
How big is your second floor? And when lengthening the toilet pipe upwards (ideal situation), is there space for a second bath/toilet?

Pcmom; older houses here had a sink in the bedroom, because at first there were no bathrooms. People washed in the bedroom, kitchen or backyard. Later came small indoor tubs or showers in closet sized rooms with tiles or concrete enamel and mostly terrazzo floors. And people installed toilets, also closet size, mostly no sink (large houses had a sink in the hallway) instead of the outhouse. So overtime people seem to join those functions into one room. In Europe just the shower and sink at first, but now also adding toilets. Where in the post-war US it was more common to give every room it's own bath, I guess. Here it's getting more and more common in new construction to build a full bathroom (with a separate shower and tub!) and a powder room.
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daphnamm23
There is a closed above the bathroom where we are thinking to build a bathroom. Here we have a outhouse...but I am not even considering that lol
Thank for that great explanation. I just learned a lot.
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rinqreation
Outhouses are quite handy for big stinkies.. But I understand completely.

A second yet simple bathroom with toilet, shower and sink would be such a luxury for you then! ;)
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OnePlan
big stinkies ! OMG I'm laughing so much I think I my have to go to the bathroom !
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ASVInteriors
Certainly sent me to sleep smiling!
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daphnamm23
Big Stinkies! Lol hhahaha.... I hope I will never know lol

Gee no "closed" closet
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rinqreation
:)
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LB Interiors
I like all the comments that mentioned a double sink, and blue or teal accents with white. The only other thing that you may want to consider is I feel the wainscotting is too high in a small bathroom. It can tend to make you feel more closed in.

Take another look at some of the baths that were posted above. The wainscotting can be lowered to just above the sink backsplash.

I know it can be done. Carefully remove the wainsotting and trims. Cut it lower and put back up. Just a thought.

If you leave the shower curtain open, the room will feel larger. I would paint the ceiling the same color as the upper wall as long as you choose soft light colors.
1 Like   May 17, 2013 at 12:04AM
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LB Interiors
I agree, paint the cabinets and door white. You may want to mirror inside the raised panels of the door. Mirrors always create more visual space.
1 Like   May 17, 2013 at 12:09AM
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LB Interiors
Also add a tall white cabinet above the toilet for storage.
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pcmom1
This may be out of budget for now, but thinking that if you put the toilet by the window you could put another sink where toilet is now. Add a pocket door and the tub/shower and toilet could have privacy while there would still be a sink available for others to teeth brush.
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