Electronic toilets not only offer extra comfort features, but they are also full-functioning bidet fixtures.

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Q: We’re planning a bathroom remodel with a new toilet and matching bidet. Even though we have a good-size bathroom area, it may get crowded when we add the bidet. Any suggestions on how we can best use our available bathroom space to fit everything?

A: When designing a bathroom with a toilet and a bidet, the two fixtures are usually installed side by side, and that does take up valuable bathroom space. It can be especially challenging trying to add a bidet to an existing bathroom. In the past, expensive labor to rough-in new plumbing for both fixtures was usually needed to make everything fit.

However, “smart” electronic toilets are now available that can fit into the existing toilet space. These new-wave toilets not only offer extra comfort features such as heated seating, but they are also full-functioning bidet fixtures. Basically, you’re getting two fixtures in one without taking up any extra space.

Electronic bidets are also available in toilet-seat models, so now even existing toilets can be turned into a double-duty fixture as well.

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.