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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Fitting a Shower Into a Small Bathroom

Is the only problem with your home the fact that the bathroom is so tiny? These small necessary rooms were often tucked into unused corners or built in closets so as to be unobtrusive and take up less space when they were added after an older house was built. Even in modern homes, bathrooms can be small, because builders prefer to use the space that's available in other ways. Due to this lack of foresight by some homebuilders and remodelers, many homeowners are at a loss for how they can redo their bathrooms to make them look larger while still adding a desired shower stall.

Unless you absolutely have to have a bathtub in your small bath, you might consider not having one at all. After all, a bathtub needs to be large to accommodate all sizes of users, and it takes up a lot of room in a small space. Eliminating it means that you can add a spacious shower stall in same amount of room formerly occupied by your tub or put in a smaller stall that will open the room up even more. Before you make a drastic move like getting rid of your tub altogether, though, stop and consider the fact that in doing so you're not only going to deprive yourself of an occasional long, relaxing soak, but you'll also be lowering the value of your home to potential buyers who expect to find a bathtub in every bathroom. Of course, if you have more than one bathroom, this may not be a major issue.

If you do decide to opt for a shower stall instead of a tub, choose an enclosure with clear glass which will open the room up so much more than opaque glass will. Clear glass is ultra-modern and will give your bathroom a much more spacious look. If you keep your tub and put a shower nozzle over it like so many people do, be sure to add either clear glass doors that can be pushed back to open up the space or a shower curtain which you can tuck away into one corner. Anything that breaks up the space is going to make the room look smaller, so you'll want to opt for clear, unobtrusive accessories no matter which way you decide to go.

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