As the gorgeous fall weather returns to the area, many will take this opportunity to finally start some of the projects they’ve been contemplating before the cold winter months.

One of the most often proposed projects is a bathroom remodel. This can be a challenge in any situation, but is especially taxing if the bathroom is small. This is due to the fact that a small bathroom must contain the same basic elements as a large bathroom, but must do so in less space. The function of the bathroom, the appearance, type of fixtures and storage capabilities all become a major concern for the room.

When every inch counts, it helps to have a professional contractor who specializes in custom design work to come for a consultation. They’ll be able to help mold your ideas into a workable solution that works with the space you have.

To create a powder room, you’ll have to have at least 16 sq. ft.; a full bath would need to have a minimum of 36 to 40 sq. ft. When finished, the room must measure at least 5 ft. in one direction if you plan to accommodate a tub. Building codes typically require 32×32 in. (finished dimensions) for a shower. Of course, the larger you can accommodate, the better, but at the very least you need to make sure you and your family members can comfortably raise your arms when washing your hair or bend over to pick something up.

Once you’ve determined what your space can accommodate, there are several ways to make it look a little larger. For example, the use of a pocket, instead of a hinged door. Choose as large of a mirror as possible (only use one as any more will confuse the eye). Finish the bathroom in light colors. A clear-glass shower door will increase the appearance of space and you can unify the entire space by using one finishing trim or hardware choice.

Storage space is normally scarce in small baths, so consider recessing an 8 in.-deep cabinet above the vanity. The vanity itself should be installed at a comfortable height (around 36 in., off the floor, 43 in., for the especially tall). Choose a vanity with drawers or bins, or add organizers for toiletries and cleaning supplies for units that come with these items already installed.

It’s best to avoid pedestal sinks in small, full baths. While visually appealing, they’re impractical as they offer no storage capabilities. Save them for powder rooms where storage isn’t as critical. If you really want a pedestal sink, include some shelving in your design to be placed right behind or adjacent to it. You could also consider using cabinetry that’s 16 or 18 in. deep instead of the more common 21. A small scale pedestal lay, available from every plumbing company is also worth consideration.

For more ideas or for a consultation on your next bathroom remodel, contact our home contractors in Joplin, MO. We look forward to hearing from you.