Consult the Plumber: Fancy washroom accessories made for close space

Dear Ed: I’m renovating our little downstair restroom into a elegant powder room. It’s a very tight 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 renovating a little space doesn’t mean you have to think basic fixtures. There are many higher-end space-saving fixtures to choose from.

For the toilet, I suggest searching into the round-front style. You can normally see all the design details found in the elongated toilet bowls. Also, there’s a one-piece toilet style called compact elongated 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 short section of the pedestal covering the basin trap only. These creative fixtures can open up newer ideas for closed-in spaces.