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.
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.
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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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.
MCCLURE STREET, MUNHALL
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.