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buster57

opalspeed: Unless you are the plumber!! Hopefully that counter has a hinge on it for easy access to the inside of the tank.

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Several have asked why the fixtures are all on one wall and why is the toilet always next to the tub, does it have to be this way?


The answer is Yes and No.

Fixtures all on one wall is a hold over from a time when plumbing walls/chases required more space and saved money all lined up. This is no longer the case. You can put the plumbing on different walls without any cost increase.

However in the case of a Tub/Shr. the sloped part of a tub, where you lie down is away from the toilet, so your not lying down with your head behind the toilet. If you switch them, that is where you will end up. It can also be convenient to sit on the toilet, lid down and adjust the mixers.

Another solution, is to move the mixer controls to the opposite wall, for easy reach, (more cost) but leave the drain, shower head behind the toilet.

Hope this helps.

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linalibre

I was glad I read or heard somewhere that, if you have an in-your-face small space, go with better quality and outstanding pieces, or at least one real beauty to grab attention. The small space means smaller items, therefore less cost, so you can justify the higher quality and achieve some of the drama that a larger space would automatically convey. A small amt of fabulous tile is well worth it in a small space!


That said, am I the only one who "cheats"? I dilute the budgetary impact of the good stuff with selective lower-cost add-ons such as IKEA--I had 2 1/2 bathrooms to renovate/create, after all; ouch. (And I don't do tile.)


In one, an antique chestnut dresser (the top was ruined by kids' science-fair projects and lizard terrarium) became a vanity with an IKEA trough sink plonked on top w/ 2 faucets. And in a tiny 3.5' x 6' powder room/laundry utility space--converted from a back-door coat closet--I splurged on a wall-hung bucket sink with a wall faucet in cross-handles then, being broke, hung a $25 IKEA mirror above it and a "Mosslanda" ledge around the corner from the sink; toilet was "Deal of the Week" at Lowe's. The contractor left the bathroom painted off-white--it was like being inside a dorm fridge. So with a bucket of off-the-shelf white semi-gloss on some MDF beadboard (wainscot and ceiling) and some satin black paint from SW, I added some low-cost drama in this little space with the pricey sink at center stage.

Focus your $$$ on a few things, save your pennies on the rest. My 2c worth!

PS: The drain pipe under the bucket sink was white PVC; I spray-painted it with "Hammered Metal" spray paint to look like cast iron. The little yellow box of "Old Settler" water clarifier under the washboard was one of three found on top of our ancient rain cistern in the basement of our 1890's Cape Cod farmhouse along with the old washboard & the glass Alka-Seltzer tube (seen in the corner).... and a gigantic, rusty old rat-trap (discarded)



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