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 Dear Ed: We’re completely remodeling our half-bath to finally bring it up to date. Since it is a small area without storage, we want to install modern space-saving fixtures along with adding a little bit of storage. Any fixture ideas?

— Kim, Idaho

Dear Ed: I have an idea that opens up space in a tight bathroom and allows for storage space as well.

I recommend installing a wall-hung vanity (sometimes called a floating vanity). Since the vanity hangs on the wall without any bottom supports, all the space under the vanity is open.

Plus, since it is a vanity sink in place of a standard wall-hung bathroom sink, you get the benefit of added cabinet space. Some models even include pull out draws and accessory options.

Wall-hung vanities are usually high-end fixtures and labor costs may be higher as well. But a wall-hung vanity can make your small bathroom a great place to hang out.

 Dear Ed: I have two young children using the bathroom on their own. My daily toilet cleaning routine is stressful, especially when it comes to the toilet seat. Is there any way to easily remove the seat for cleaning?

— Beth, New Jersey

Dear Beth:  I recommend looking into the new style of seats called quick-release toilet seats. A new quick-release seat can be installed to replace most older toilet seats.

Many of the attractive new seats come with easy attach hardware to quickly install the special bolts that hold down the bottom hinge base.

With a quick-release seat, the top half of the hinge and the seat itself can be easily removed from the bowl without any tools. This allows for convenient cleaning of the seat and bowl.

Bottom line: If the job of cleaning under the seat has you overstressed, a quick-release toilet seat can ease your workload.

Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is  author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com

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