A stylish, elegant or extra bathroom (no matter how small) will increase your home’s value. Bathrooms can be created in any room where waste locations are feasible or ideally, close to existing plumbing on any level. If possible, perhaps next to an existing bathroom, so you can connect up to existing waste supplies or a soil stack. However it’s probably best to not sacrifice a bedroom to squeeze in a second bathroom, if you are looking at best investment.
However it’s probably best to not sacrifice a bedroom to squeeze in a second bathroom, if you are looking at best investment.
The first step should be to decide on the best layout for the space and then make a list of what you need to make it as practical and efficient for your purposes - whether it be functionality or indulgent relaxing! Whatever is on your wish list, one important factor is to create a sense of space, even if your bathroom size is limited. Wet rooms often are a good solution and joint shower-bath combinations fit into smaller spaces well. Large mirrors create a ‘sense’ of space and frameless shower enclosure also help with the illusion. Wall-mounted sanitary ware and vanity units help by increasing the amount of visible floor space as do freestanding bath on feet or a plinth. Also look for compact and slimline options to maximise the area.
Under-floor heating is cheaper to install these days and when combined with a heated towel rail, is the most comfortable & minimal way to warm the room. When it comes to tiles, go big! Think clean lines, block colours and no fussy details. Consider mixing old and new styles. A period style in a modern house or vice versa can work really well. With traditional bathrooms, be careful not to overdo it – a wallpapered feature wall can give the desired effect, or you could consider contemporary accessories and plain wood tiles.
Windows are not essential and can sometimes detract or limit layouts - more so in smaller rooms where it might be the only location for a shower. However window dressings can also make a real impact on a room’s look and atmosphere. Waterproof shutters or venetian blinds are now available, as well as specially designed fabrics - moisture-resistant and easy-to-clean for humid conditions.
Suitable extraction is also a key element. So you need to consider a route for a duct and extractor fan to an external wall or roof - if possible. Flexible small bore waste pipes with a macerator will allow a WC to be fitted in most places. But I’d think really hard about this method as it could create other issues with noise and maintenance later.
Lighting has become an integral part of bathroom design. Task lighting can be provided in the form of an illuminated mirror that incorporates a light and LED lights offer the benefits of energy efficiency for feature ceiling lights and/or built-in furniture and you may like to consider a sensor that can detect movement when you enter or leave the room. Whatever you decide, you’ll need to comply with the building regs, including the electrics and lighting.