Tips on Remodeling a Small Bathroom



  • Turn your small, cramped bathroom into a one which is much more convenient, elegant and easy to clean. These projects make the typical 6 x 8 ft. bathroom feel larger and more comfortable. We'll walk you through the steps for getting more natural light in your shower, replacing your dingy old bathtub with a spacious shower, and installing a toilet and sink that simplify cleaning. So stop dealing with an outdated bathroom and get to work!

    In this article, we'll show you how to:
    • Tear out an old bathroom and put in a new one, including details on:
    • Installing a preassembled glass block window. You can have a window in your shower that will stand up to water.
    • Replacing a bathtub with a spacious shower. A one-piece shower pan is a simple, leak-proof solution to the mistake-prone chore of traditional shower pan construction.
    • Installing a state-of-the-art residential wall-hung toilet and sink. Having fewer dirt-catching corners and edges simplifies floor cleaning.
    • Making a small (6 x 8-ft.) bathroom feel larger.
    Bathroom remodling is not the best project for a first time do it youselfer. If you only work on weekends, this project can draw out for about 2 months or more. Make sure to brush up on your renovation skills, because you'll sure need them! And remember, if you don't feel qualified to do all of it yourself, don't hesitate to hire a pro, especially for the plumbing and electrical work. 

    Important: You'll need to get a permit to start your bathroom remodel. Contact your building inspector and explain what you're doing. If approved, you'll receive your permit and a schedule of when to call inspectors. 

    We're sure you want to know how much all of this is going to cost you. For our bathroom, we bought the top materials. However, you can always go with less expensive materials without forgoing the beautiful appearance. 

    Here's some of our costs:
    • Glass block window panel, 40 x 24 in., $160.
    • Shower base, 34 in. x 5 ft., $375. We special-ordered this Swanstone base from a plumbing fixture supplier along with the wall-hung toilet and sink.

    For more bathroom remodeling ideas check out The Family Handyman - Bathroom Remodeling

    - By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine: February 2001