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When Ellen and Ben bought their first home, a 1963 co-op in Brooklyn’s Kensington neighborhood, they had big remodeling dreams: they planned to update the whole place, starting with the kitchen. But then they got cold feet. They’d never remodeled anything before, and starting with their kitchen, which felt like the heart of their apartment, seemed like a pretty big task. So they decided to start small(ish), with the master bathroom.

Their big goals for their bathroom remodel were to open up the dated space and make it feel bigger and brighter. They also wanted to replace their older fixtures with newer, more water-efficient ones.