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Small Bathroom Remodel Ideas to Maximize Space

Small Bathroom Remodel Ideas to Maximize Space

Wondering how to transform the look of your small bathroom without breaking the bank?

Well, if you want to tear down your gloomy bathroom like Wreck-it Ralph, you’re not alone. Most bathrooms in NYC are simply outdated and need an update. 

Golden Talon Construction has completed multiple bathroom projects with varying designs. All of them received 5-star ratings from our happy customers.

No matter what your needs are – a simple makeover (vanity replacement) or a gutted renovation, Golden Talon Construction will turn your ideas into reality within budget.

In this article, we’re going to cover the best small bathroom remodel ideas that’ll surely make your bathroom look modern and spacious.

1. Shower Glass (without a doubt)

Shower glass is never a bad choice, whether you have a walk-in shower or a tub.

Look at the before and after photos below to get an idea of what we’re talking about.

Before - bathroom modern bathroom with white vanity

Shower glass lightens up the room instantly, offering a clear and transparent view across the room.

The new bathroom seems extended and united while the old one looks dull and disconnected.

Shower glass costs about $300- $500, depending on the size. You may think it’s an expensive option compared to shower curtain – but it brings long term value to your home. 

Another added benefit to choosing a glass shower door is that you don’t have to replace it often like you would a shower curtain. Not to mention the time saved from cleaning the shower glass.

Another benefit with shower glass is that you reduce the chance of water flowing out and damaging your floor.

2. Go Modern with Large Format Tiles

“Less is more” also applies to bathroom remodel.

Check out our project at Park Slope.

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Large format tiles minimize busy grout lines. They make the room aesthetically simplistic and pleasing.

They also take less time than subway tiles to install, which may reduce your labor cost.

If you’re on a tight budget, look for large format tiles under $2 per square feet.

3. Leverage Lighter Colors

Light or bright colors make a room more open and airy, while dark colors make a room look small and dismal.


That’s why most modern bathrooms use white or light grey as their basic color.

You can go all white, applying white on walls, floor, and vanity.

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Photo by Architect's Guild LLC

Or if you want to create contrast, use light colors on walls and dark colors on floors.

Bonus! Stay Away from Fitted Bath!

The number one complaint online about fitted bath is installation. If installed incorrectly, you can run into some major issues – mold behind the wall as well as having the seams start to leak. If the material is fiberglass, they tend to crack and turn yellow over time.

It appears that a fitted bath is much cheaper. But you have to see what you’re getting.

With a fitted bath, all you get is an acrylic line over the tub, existing tiles, and finishing pieces. With a contractor at $10K, you will mostly get brand new water lines, new electrical, new drain system if needed, waterproofing, and new tiles.

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