Planning a bathroom renovation is a big enough task whether or not you have an awkwardly shaped room. There are, however, plenty of unusually shaped bathrooms here in Toronto, particularly in some of our city’s older buildings. If you happen to live in a home with a bathroom with a quirky shape, there’s no need for it to give you a headache when it comes to bathroom renovation. Rather than trying to think of ways to get around the problem, it helps if you try to exploit any unusual characteristics. The aim is – rather than having an odd bathroom – to have a space which looks like it couldn’t and shouldn’t be any other way.
How to Get a Perfect Bathroom Renovation in an Imperfect Space
Whether your bathroom currently has exposed or oddly-positioned plumbing, a low ceiling or unusual walls, it’s much better to see those features as opportunities, rather than challenges. They present you with a chance to create a bathroom that is truly unique and suited to your needs. There is no one bathroom design that suits everyone, and it would be a dull world if every bathroom in Toronto looked the same! So, no matter what your bathroom looks like, here are some tips to help you make sure your bathroom renovation turns out a success:
- If your plumbing is unusually placed – For example, if the main bath pipe comes up into the centre of the room – you have two options: you could, of course, spend money adjusting the layout of the plumbing so that you can have your bath along one side of the room, like everyone else. If, however, you feel more daring, you could make a success of using a circular, or oval-shaped bath as the focal point of the room. It is, after all, called the bathroom for a reason.
- If you just don’t seem to have enough room – You’ll need to go with a relatively minimalist design. Look at options for in-wall storage and choose units such as a floating washbasin and an open shower. Keep the floor uniform throughout the whole room and fit mirrors across as much of the wall space as possible. Even though you have only gained perhaps a little space in reality, the mirrors will make the room seem much larger.
- Take advantage of a room’s unusual shape – Whether you have an ‘L’, ‘T’ or other-shaped room, take advantage of this shape to help design your bathroom renovation. As opposed to rectangular and square-shaped rooms, these rooms can offer enclaves of privacy. Having the toilet bowl out of view from the bath tub or the shower unit is invariably going to be considered an advantage by any potential buyer.
- If you have a sloping ceiling – You can also use this to your advantage, even if the ceiling is at a sharp gradient. Rather than resign yourself to not being able to use the space, you can install custom-built storage units that follow the slope of the ceiling. Alternatively, you can use the incline for aesthetic effect – perhaps guiding the eye to the centrepiece of the room, the bath tub or the shower.
There are many different shapes of bathroom, each of which presents its own unique opportunities for design. It may help to take a look at pictures of how other people have optimized similar spaces in their homes, but it is up to you to take advantage of your own bathroom’s quirky characteristics. If you find one design isn’t quite working, consider it again, perhaps with different materials, or with a different layout.