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12 tiny bathrooms that prove size isn’t everything

We’re no strangers to extravagant, oversized bathrooms. Whether stand-alone or en-suite, larger lavatories allow for extra decor and bold statement-making. But let’s face it: Most homes simply don’t have the space — or the need — for resort-scale soaking tubs and double vanities. Besides, we’re just as fond of the bathrooms that can pack a punch at a quarter of the size. Below are 12 favorites we’ve either created or encountered here in Pittsburgh. They’re vastly different, but their message is uniform: You don’t have to abandon good design in lieu of square footage.


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WELLESLEY AVENUE, HIGHLAND PARK

Same house, same mirrors and sconces, opposing vibes. On the left, a hexagon-tiled backsplash contrasts more traditional cabinetry; on the right, a farmhouse-style sink and rustic countertop unite.

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Designed by K Bennett Development / Katy Popple
Listed + sold by Lifespace
Photos by Brett Rothmeyer
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LIGONIER STREET, LOWER LAWRENCEVILLE

Our sister company, Lifespace, sold this modern townhouse a while back. But these cool blue-green tones and subtle black accents stayed with us.

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Photo: Tara Bennett
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FOX WAY, SOUTH SIDE FLATS

This stunner expands its newly remodeled full bath using a universally tried-and-true method: mirrors on mirrors.

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Photo: Alexis Fatalsky
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COLLINS + N ST CLAIR STREETS, HIGHLAND PARK

Left: The crisp combination of natural light and shades of gray always wins.
Right: A pop of color, a contemporary sink, and the elusive black toilet. We think our risk-taking paid off here.

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Left: Designed by Steel Town Properties / photo by Megan Wilson
Right: Designed by K Bennett Development Group / photo by Tara Bennett
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MCCLURE STREET, MUNHALL

This industrial-chic space has Munhall written all over it. Props to Atlas Estates — a new development co. headed by someone we know pretty well — for dreaming up that woodsy focal piece.

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Design: Atlas Estates, LLC
Photo: Alexis Fatalsky
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CALVIN STREET, LOWER LAWRENCEVILLE

Again, we can’t take credit for this lav, but it sure is lovely. Ever wonder what showering amongst the clouds feels like? Here’s a good place to find out. Not that we know from experience or anything.

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Photo: Tara Bennett
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NORTH ST CLAIR STREET, HIGHLAND PARK

Dark colors don’t make a space feel smaller by default — it’s all about how you accessorize. All we needed here was a touch of beige, a giant window, and a work of art disguised as a sink.

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Designed by K Bennett Development Group
Listed + sold by Lifespace
Photo by Tara Bennett
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FAIRMONT DRIVE, WEXFORD

Currently up for grabs, 417 Fairmont Drive is a brand new abode in a welcoming suburban development. What its lower-level bathroom lacks in space, this colossal home bar combats with readily available drinks. We’re not saying all basements should be set up this way…but it wouldn’t hurt. Contact us; we’ll hook you up with a showing.

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Co-listed by Lifespace + the 360 Group
Photo by Ben Prisbylla
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SPENCER AVENUE, CARRICK

To the individual(s) responsible for this stellar setup: A+. We’re obviously obsessed with anything granite, but that mosaic frame is everything.

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Photo: Alexis Fatalsky
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MIRROR STREET, GREENFIELD

Can’t go wrong with contemporary accents softened by all-around cozy vibes. This room has to smell like vanilla buttercream. It just does.

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Photo: Tara Bennett