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Consult the Plumber: elegant bathroom accessories made for close space

Dear Ed: I’m remodeling our small downstair washroom into a fancy powder room. It’s a very close space, but I want to use a higher-end toilet and basin. Any creative plumbing renovation fixture ideas?

— Karen, Kansas

Answer: Just because you’re remodeling a small space doesn’t mean you have to think plain fittings. There are many higher-end space-saving fittings to choose from.

For the toilet, I suggest searching into the round-front style. You can usually see all the design details found in the extended toilet bowls. Also, there’s a one-piece toilet style called compact extended that highlights a longer bowl in a round-front-toilet footprint.

For a space-saving basin, I suggest a semipedestal. This type of basin highlights a wall-hung basin with a small section of the base covering the basin trap only. These creative fittings can open up new ideas for closed-in spaces.