A few things all old house lovers are familiar with: Drafty windows, less-than-perfect plumbing, squeaky floors—and small bathrooms. While new home baths have nearly doubled in size over the past 30 years, old home bathrooms average about 5- by 8-feet.
Not to worry, though: You can combat the claustrophobia by scaling down to physically save space. (Pedestal sink, anyone?) And, with the right colors and lighting, you can create the illusion of a roomy bath.
Here, we dig into the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Design Competition archives to deliver great ideas from Certified Kitchen Designers that you can use in your next remodel.
These homeowners of the small bathroom above opened up their space by getting rid of two small closets and adding task and ambient lighting to help create the illusion of a larger room. Little width remained after incorporating the tub and toilet, so a shallow cabinet was incorporated. Our favorite detail? The playful “dry riverbed” of stones in the floor.
Designer: Erica S. Westeroth, CKD XTC Design Incorporated, Toronto, ON
The use of continuing horizontal lines, a large, frameless mirror, and well-placed task lighting helps to create the illusion of a larger space. The marble-clad dividing wall lends modesty to the toilet area in the small bathroom above, while creating a recessed storage opportunity. A must in every small bath, the shower has a curbless entry to eliminate demarcation of the limited footprint.
Designer: Gary Hentges, Hentges Construction, Inc., Urbana, IL
For more small bathroom ideas from these archives, visit http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20431881,00.html
Call Ray Floyd at Re-Builders for your small bathroom remodel on the Grand Strand: 843-448-0041.
Sukhai, Tabitha. “13 Big Ideas for Small Bathrooms.” This Old House. Time, Inc Network, 15 Aug. 2012. Web. 29 May 2015.