Elongated toilets are a little longer than round-front toilets, and that extra area can get in the way for some small bathroom layouts.

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Q: We’re moving into our first house and it has a very small bathroom. The bathroom door opens very close to the toilet, and because of that we have a shorter round-front toilet. All I want is one luxury in our bathroom: a longer toilet. Is there any way we can install a new elongated toilet without turning this into a huge project?

A: This is a common issue since elongated toilets are a little longer than round-front toilets.

Round-front toilet bowls are shaped like a circle, and elongated bowls are more egg-shaped. That extra area on the elongated bowl can get in the way for some small bathroom layouts.

The good news is special one-piece toilets are available that have elongated bowls cleverly built into a toilet that fits the footprint of a round-front toilet. It’s appropriately called a compact-elongated toilet.

Because of the extra engineering, however, the costs of these toilets can be higher than a standard toilet. But spending a little more money on the toilet should be a lot less expensive than remodeling, and that is the long and the short of it.

Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. For more information, visit eddelgrande.com.