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Toronto bathrooms are like snowflakes: No two are exactly alike. And, for better or for worse, that means bathrooms around our city come in a wide array of sizes – including the very, very tiny.

We run into small bathrooms in studio apartments, condos, and basements across Toronto, and we get the same question from a lot of curious homeowners: What can I do to make the most of my cozy space?

If you’re considering a remodel for a small bathroom, here are three important ideas to keep in mind:

1.) Add Storage

Adding storage space and minimizing clutter is a great way to totally revamp the feel of a small bathroom. There are all sorts of ways to do this the DIY way, from maximizing your medicine cabinet to experimenting with a lazy susan for storage.

For those looking for a more thorough remodel, consider installing built-ins to turn your small restroom in a little oasis of storage: Consider adding floor-to-ceiling shelving, an over-the-toilet installation, or open shelving beneath your sink.

2.) Think About Ventilation

Small bathrooms are often windowless, and many are squeezed into less-traveled parts of our homes, like hallways or basements.

With this in mind, take a look at your small bathroom’s ventilation as you consider a remodel; if it doesn’t already have one, consider adding a small fan or de-humidifier to help prevent mold and mildew from building up, particularly if your bathroom has a shower or bathtub.

3.) Find the Right Fixtures

When remodeling or refreshing a small bathroom, the size, fit, and feel of your fixtures all take on a special importance.

With that in mind, take care to find the toilet that fits in your space. Consider both the “rough-in” distance of your toilet (that is, the distance from the finished wall to the center of the sewer drain, which may be less than the standard 12 inches in a particularly small bathroom) and the size of the bowl. For smaller bathrooms, a round bowl (which typically extends out about 28 inches from the wall) may be a better fit than a more standard elongated bowl (31 in.).

Consider your shower, as well: To add a luxurious feel to your small space, consider adding spa-like amenities such as an overhead massage jet or even a heated shower floor. You can also use your shower to add the illusion of depth to the bathroom; try replacing your current shower enclosure with mirrors or illusion glass to create a brand new effect for your space.

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