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Wonderful wet rooms

Wet rooms used to be reserved for trendy hotels, but they are becoming the a la mode bathroom choice of the typical home.

A wet room is a bathroom where the material covering the shower area is continued across the floor and walls of the entire bathroom. There is no need for a shower tray and in many wet rooms the shower is not enclosed at all. It is a great way to squeeze a bathroom into a small space, however if the space is too small you risk everything getting wet when the shower is in use, so a shower screen may be needed in petite spaces.

A wet room doesn’t have to be ultra modern, chose a style that works with your home.

The open plan design of a wet room creates the illusion of space, but installing a wet room is a job for the professionals. A gradient will need to be added to make sure the water drains away properly and without a shower tray the room needs to be made completely water tight with a waterproof membrane (tanked). Once installed the water proofing membrane will make a wet room more water tight than a traditional bathroom – no leaks here!

Home cinemas and gyms are the obvious use for a basement conversion, but this wet room works perfectly in the arches.

You need to consider your fixtures and fittings carefully, the layout is very important. Ensure that towel rails and shelves are out of the splash zone! Most importantly, light fittings need to be water proof – you must use a Part P qualified electrician for any electrical work in a bathroom – check with your electrician that the fixtures you want are up to standard.

Loft conversions can result in unusable space, make the most of alcoves, this wet room makes a feature of the arbitrary angles.

Tiles are a favourite choice for wet rooms and textured tiles are ideally suited as a floor covering – to prevent the surface becoming slippery – it’s also worth avoiding porous stones such as limestone, as it will have to be re-sealed on a regular basis. Tiling floor to ceiling is expensive, but a well designed wet room as a second bathroom can add value to your home, however, if you only have one bathroom, a bathless wet room could make your home less saleable. Buyers usually want to have at least one bath, so unless your space is big  enough to fit a bath too, a wet room isn’t for you.

When space is limited, this walk-through proves that even the smallest spaces can be utilised for a wet room.

The cost of a wet room ranges depending on the fittings chosen, but the average will cost between £5,000 to £10,000. If your budget permits it, underfloor heating is a great addition. Wet rooms are great for saving space so underfloor heating compliments perfectly, plus it helps dry the floor after use.

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