At Kalka, we build a lot of inner city, small-lot homes, which means we need to be creative with our space. Brisbane City Council Small Lot Code defines small lot homes as areas less than 450m² or areas less than 600m² (excluding the driveway, if a rear lot).
We get a lot of feedback saying that our homes look so much bigger than they actually are, so how do you make the most of what you’ve got when space is a factor? The good news is that you can make a small bathroom look much larger, and it doesn’t mean having to move walls. There are numerous ways you can make a small bathroom work.
Here are a few tips on how to maximise space in your bathroom:
Ensure you use a maximum of two colours, and colours that are not too different remembering that dark rooms always feel smaller than lighter ones, no matter what their size.
Use a large mirror. The mirror’s reflection creates the illusion of it being a larger space and also adds a sophisticated touch. If possible, placing a mirror opposite the bathroom window makes the bathroom feel brighter by reflecting the light, and can also create an illusion of two windows—which can make the room seem wider.
Using a clear glass divider creates the illusion that there’s nothing there. Adding textured glass for privacy breaks up the space and will instantly make the space appear smaller. A clear glass divider is also a great alternative to an opening shower door. When you have a shower door that opens outwards, you are automatically limiting your options in terms of where you can locate your cabinets or toilet.
Consider a wetroom, or having a shower over bath setup. We often include the bath and shower in the same wet area, which is a very practical standpoint for a small bathroom as it maximises space.