Q: Since my fiance and I just bought a tiny fixer-upper from my aunt and uncle, we knew that we'd need to make a few adjustments to suit our needs, starting with maximizing the space, especially in the bathroom. Since there is one bathroom in the whole one floor home, we need to make the best of it. There is no storage at all in the bathroom, and that will be a problem, so we were thinking about ditching the tub and just installing a stall shower, BUT we are starting a family soon and we know that a tub is always a plus in any home.There is no room for any storage under the sink, only room for a pedestal sink, and installing wall shelves will add some storage, but not as much as we will need for towels and things. The bathroom is right off the living room so there is not even a hall closet! As a matter of fact there is ONE closet in the whole house. We are adding a wall niche just for a few things, but not enough for towels. We aren't ever going to sell the home for many reasons beyond explanation, so is it worth it to just ditch the tub and add some extra space, or should we keep the tub and suffer through it? Any suggestions at this point will be greatly appreciated!
Note: This plan of the bathroom is actually quite a bit larger than our bathroom, the sink and toilet are closer, you could use the sink as an arm rest, and once on the toilet there is no room to move your legs towards the tub.. Everything is practically touching.
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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.
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