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Ask a plumber: Big tips for small bathrooms

A state-of-the-art showerhead with a built-in music speaker — like this Moxie head from Kohler — can make you feel like you’re living large in a small bathroom.
A state-of-the-art showerhead with a built-in music speaker — like this Moxie head from Kohler — can make you feel like you’re living large in a small bathroom. TNS

Q: Can you please remind me of some of your big “Ed” tips to keep in mind when remodeling a smaller bathroom? Our bathroom will include a shower stall, so we want to take advantage of every inch.

Frank, Rhode Island

A: Here are my three favorite areas to address with smaller bathrooms. Much of this information can apply to larger bathrooms as well.

▪ Start with the basics. Storage and ventilation are key areas to address. Incorporate storage space with fixture space. Wall shelving above the toilet tank and vanity space under the sink can be two nice storage areas. Also, open air space can be tight in a small bathroom, so make sure you install a good exhaust fan.

▪ Keep it light. White, off-white and almond can be nice color choices for small bathrooms. Light colors can help hide water splash marks and keep the room nice and bright.

▪ Upgrade the fixtures. Plumbing fixtures with all the bells and whistles may offset the feeling of being in a smaller space. Installing a state-of-the-art showerhead with a built-in music speaker can make you feel like you’re living large in your newly remodeled bathroom.

Master contractor and plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call” and the host of TV and Internet shows. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com.

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