A small bathroom has most of the same components as a large bathroom and renovating requires assistance from the same in-demand experts as does a large bathroom. The reality is that a 50 square foot bathroom maybe one-third the size of a large 150-square-foot bath, but it typically costs about 75 percent of a big bath in terms of time, money, and effort. Still, there are ways to make your small bathroom remodeling job a bit faster and more affordable.
Bathrooms can be categorized as one of three types, regardless of size. Recognizing the type of bathroom you have will help you be practical in your planning.
Larger homes often have a powder room or half-bath, that has little more than a sink, toilet, and a door for privacy. It is a convenience bathroom used by family members and guests when they have no need for the amenities of a full bathroom. The small size and a limited number of fixtures mean that a powder room can be remodeled fairly quickly, but because it is a secondary bathroom, it also means that you can take your time since there is at least one other bathroom that can fill throughout remodeling.
This is any bathroom with the full selection of amenities—toilet, vanity, sink, and tub/shower. It is a bathroom that is usually used every day. In homes with two or more full bathrooms, one full bath may be designated as the master bath, with others are dedicated to one or more children. Full bathrooms get lots of use, which has an impact on the fixtures and materials you choose for it.
Guest bathroom: This is a full-service bathroom, with sink, toilet, and shower or shower/tub combination, but one that is utilized occasionally when guests visit. In empty-nest homes, a kids’ full bathroom might be converted to a guest bath. Because guest baths get only the occasional use, many people choose to use economy fixtures and materials, which can greatly cut costs. And because this is a secondary bathroom, you can take your time remodeling it, which also saves cost.
This is a full-service bathroom that you use every day. In homes with two or more full bathrooms, the term “master” usually designates the one used by the home’s owner on a daily basis. In homes with only one bathroom, that bathroom serves as the master bath, even if it is quite small. This is typically a fairly important room, one in which owners might spend a good amount of money on quality, durable, and attractive fixtures and materials.