EMERSON SMALL BATHTraditional Bathroom, Minneapolis
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9. Reuse Items Within ReasonSave the decent things, by all means, but if you hang on to every last screw or tub stopper, you’re defeating the purpose of planning a lovely new bathroom. “Keeping the old ceiling because it’s ‘OK,’ or not having an extractor fan fitted as it costs a bit more, could affect the finished look,” Wedgbury says. “Saving old [faucets] or radiators to put in the new suite won’t help your budget much when the [installer] is having to clean them up or strip them down carefully to remove anyway.” “Opting for a cheap toilet can lead to problems in the future, due to poor build quality and because flushing performance could be less than optimal,” Ghaly says. Sinks also are worth investing in, he adds, since they need to last without cracking or staining.
1. Blue Heaven Designers: Carrie Harrington of i.d. interior design and Erik Mahin and David Schnacky of Plekkenpol BuildersLocation: Minneapolis Size: 38½ square feet (3.6 square meters); 5½ by 7 feetHomeowners’ request. Update a cramped and dated bathroom to include a larger shower and more storage for a couple’s tween daughter. Space saver. Designer Carrie Harrington incorporated space from a closet in an adjacent bedroom to expand the footprint by about 4½ square feet. Style point. Black ceramic sconces original to the hundred-year-old house. “This set the tone for the color scheme and other elements of the room,” Harrington says. “It’s historic-traditional with a twist.”Find a bathroom designer near you