Before & After: Simple Solutions for a Seriously Small (& Sort Of Scary) Bathroom

Before & After: Simple Solutions for a Seriously Small (& Sort Of Scary) Bathroom

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Nancy Mitchell
Feb 1, 2016
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This 'before' bathroom might be the ugliest before I've ever seen — and it's certainly one of the strangest. Years ago, the person responsible for retrofitting a bathroom into this one-bedroom apartment in a former tenement building made a very unusual choice: in order to fit a bathtub into a very narrow space, they shoehorned it in lengthwise, so that you had to climb in from the short end. It was awkward, to say the least.

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The other side of the bathroom, covered in ugly faux-wood paneling and peeling linoleum tiles, was hardly less dire. Upon purchasing the apartment, homeowner Henry knew that the apartment needed a makeover before he could even more in, so he set about gutting the place.

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Post-renovation, Henry has lost the bathtub but gained a whole, whole lot of space. A frameless glass shower door preserves the spacious feel, and a rippled grey tile on the back wall of the shower provides a focal point for the small room.

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A floating, wall-mounted vanity with a slim profile adds plenty of storage without breaking up the space, and a medicine cabinet above provides an additional spot for stashing toiletries.

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Henry's totally transformed bathroom is still tiny, of course — but with the right fixtures it's just as functional as rooms twice its size.

Henry found his contractor, Louie, through Sweeten, an online resource that connects New York-area homeowners with designers, architects, and contractors. Read more about the project and see more photos on the Sweeten blog.

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