Design a wet room

water flowing from a shower headOur modern homes often leave us with small bathrooms which really are not easy to modernise while having a bath and a shower.

Many people are now opting for a wet room to achieve the best possible use of a small space.

A wet room will allow the shower, sink and toilet to occupy the same space but still leaving the feeling of plenty of space.

A wet room can certainly offer the wow factor for a bathroom.

Why choose a wet room?

  • A wet room is the perfect option for a small space such as an en-suite and will improve the value of your home.
  • It is super stylish and modern and you have the ability to use elements you might not get away with in other rooms
  • They are simple to keep clean as the toilet and sink are wall mounted and there is no shower tray or bath.

Is a wet room for me?

  • Consideration must be given to the positioning of a wet room. It will need correct waterproofing on all four walls and the floor especially. Rooms with large windows may be harder to water proof.
  • Tiling will be more expensive as they will be required from floor to ceiling.
  • If you decide to get rid of your bath your home may be less saleable.

Drainage

  • The gradient of the floor needs to be angled toward the drain area. In most cases this will be some sort of channel running along one wall, perhaps supplemented by a central drain. This is very different to standard bathroom drainage so advice should be taken.
  • It is possible to purchase a large shower tray which is tiled over and hidden. This will slope the floor to the correct angle.

Waterproofing

  • All the walls and the floor need to be correctly waterproofed. A special plastic membrane can be bought and used instead of ply or plasterboard. Tiling alone is never enough in this application.

Tiling

  • It is best to use the same tiles on the floor as on the wall. This creates the seamless look you want to achieve. Bearing this mind, buy tiles which will not be too slippery once they become wet. Remember that porous tiles will need to be sealed, a procedure which should be repeated every few months.
  • Glass on the walls and vinyl on the floor are also good options for something a bit different.
  • Underfloor heating under the floor tiles is also a good idea as the placement of a radiator in the room may be tricky.

Once the wet room is in use, some things may be worth noting. The installation of a glass screen may be useful to keep water away from towel rails or toilets. Soggy toilet roll is not good! The room will need good ventilation to prevent water from drying too slowly. If installed correctly, water should not pool too much, but a squeegee for the floor might be useful. Otherwise just enjoy the clean lines and modern touch this will add to your home.

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