You can make moderate adjustments to the plumbing, like moving the faucets or shower, but the toilet will likely stay in the relative same spot. “The toilet location is the tree trunk of the drainage lines,” says Little. “If you move that to an opposite side of the room, you’ll then have to change the showerhead, drain and faucet locations. If you can keep that where it is, do it.” You might also add separate valves for temperature and flow control and showerhead pressure.
If you are selecting a toilet, get the manufacturer’s specifications from the website or from a plumbing supplier before making a decision about what type will fit and operate properly in your home. Other options can be different seat heights, electronic controls and different levels of water consumption, to name just a few.
Antique bureau. An old desk is usually reserved for seated work. But adapted as a bathroom vanity, it aids in work of a different kind: the act of getting ready for the day or washing up before bed. The sturdy bureau looks right at home in this bathroom, and the drawers on each side leave room for the overmount sink and plumbing.
When you’re ready to do more than just upgrade the towel situation, but you aren’t quite ready for a full bathroom renovation, consider planning a bathroom refresh. By not tampering with the layout (or adding square feet), you can bring costs way down while making some pretty major changes. Whether your budget is $100 or $10,000, use this guide to help figure out what to prioritize and what to put on the back burner, and give your bathroom an update that works with your space and your budget.