How to Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger

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Subject: Missed the Real Issues

Other than #6, the article misses the actual issues with having a tiny bathroom...There's no where to put anything! That's the issue. And it's pretty much impossible to carve shelves into my lath and plaster walls...

Clamer Manstein

Subject: shower door tip

shower doors are a cleaning NIGHTMARE, plus not fun banging your elbows and knees against them.

Shower curtains are forgiving, and easy to toss in the washer.


Subject: use the wall heater space for storage (older homes)

If you have an unused electric wall heater in the bathroom, consider having it removed and converting the space into a shelf for toilet paper, tub stuff, or magazines. (These wall heaters were common in homes build in the 40s and 50s.)


Subject: Clear curtains/shower door

Sorry. The one reason I love bathroom time is to have privacy. I believe the clear/see through craze is overrated and I'm going back to modesty in my bathroom!


Subject: I agree with BP.

I think the Clear/See Through craze to add depth to a bathroom is overrated too because it causes me to feel uncomfortable if someone walks in while I'm showering. I have to admit I don't like to be naked in front of others, even if they are family members, and I prefer to wash my private areas in private.

KC Green

Subject: Small Bathroom Space Savers

1. Install a recessed TP holder
2. Round-bowl toilets save 3 inches
3. No need for recessed lighting; a vanity light, on the wall above the mirror, provides plenty of light

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.