Smallest Bathroom Ever question

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Smallest Bathroom Ever question

In the process of doing a kitchen renovation, we've decided since the whole crew of pro's will be here, that we'd put a 1/2 bath on the first floor(our current and only bathroom is on the second floor).

Anyway, after clearing out the space where we had thought to put the bath, it now appears too small, but I'm not sure. The measurements are 47" by 43". That is SMALL! Just playing around I couldn't see how it is going to work...

Any thoughts about if this is too small to house just a simple 1/2 bath? Thanks.
 
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Your space should accommodate a commode and pedestal sink. Be sure to keep the door swing in mind when planning this project.
 
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Hi Chris Mullin,

You should keep in mind you local codes, however, these are some guidelines
- Allow a clearance of 30 inches between fixtures.
- Sink--> minimum of 12 inches from the center of the sink to the wall.
- Toilet--> 15 inches from the center of the toilet to the wall or to the edge of a cabinet.

In order to maximize the space, open the door to the exterior of the bathroom or try to use a pocket door
 
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Being one who grew up in a small trailer, you haven't seen small until you live in a motor home. I know there are codes, but you asked for ideas. So visit your local motor home dealer and walk through some of their models. If anyone has a trick to fitting things into a small spot, they will.

My new 1/2 will be going right behind me, in a 3x5 space. Plenty of room when you have to GO!

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Consider a pocket door, too, to keep the swing down. Hey, I grew up in an old mill house with one bathroom. You could sit on the toilet, hang your feet in the tub and wash your hands at the same time. Effective floor area, about 2'x2'. Codes have changed.
 
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Ya, I used to have a MH that had a 1/2 bath that was 32" by 48" with a pocket door. If my legs were any longer - I couldn't have sat on the pot
 
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Thanks for the replies

Yes, but will even a small 1/2 bath bring a return for me?

Thanks for all who replied.
 
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It would add value, especially seeing you only have a bathroom on the second floor.
 
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Smallest Bathroom Ever question

We've decided to have the door swing outward and we've got a small toilet and sink, and in MA, according to our plumber, no minimums in terms of distance between fixtures.

Thanks again for the responses.
 
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We once did a bathroom and, when planning it the plumber measured and told us he wouldn't do it unless we bumped out the wall a few feet. "You'll spend all this money and then hate me when it's all over." We did bump out the wall and I don't know if that's an option for you, but I throw it out because you will always wish you had a few extra feet. If not, be realistic and find small fixtures. Here's one sink we had looked at:

Portsmouth Corner Sink: Tuck It Away
 
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