How to Design a Wetroom

Some key points to consider before you come to design a wetroom.

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If you are looking to design a wetroom to add a sense of luxury to your home, continue through the following points to find out how best to go about achieving your goal of an open, inviting, and stylish space.

Design a Wetroom

The Basics

A wetroom is, quite simply, a shower room without an enclosed shower cubicle. The idea is to remove any unsightly curtains or claustrophobic glass structures. The showering area is usually just a continuation of the rest of the room’s floor, which is normally tiled.

The first thing you will need to do when you come to design a wetroom is to create a gradient into the floor of the room. This is easier to achieve with new builds, but you will almost always find that you are able to do the same thing with an existing floor. Most importantly, you must make sure that the room is entirely waterproof. This is known as ‘tanking’, and if not properly carried out could lead to leakage and some significant damage to the rest of the home. If you feel that you may not be up to the job of tanking the room yourself, your best bet is to hire a professional to make sure it is done properly.

Tiling, Floors, and Walls

When you are picking finishes which you will likely be living with for a matter of years, it is a good idea to carefully consider your tastes. Tiles are a popular choice amongst people who wish to design a wetroom, and non-porous and porcelain versions are recommendable. Tiles are available in various sizes, and so you could opt for a small, glass tile mosaic style or oversized spa tiles.

If you design a wetroom with marble, limestone, or slate for the pure aesthetic of the stone, beware of having to seal the tiles in order to prevent any water damage from occurring. Porous stones will also need to be re-sealed every few months. When it comes to floors, make sure only to use non-slip tiles which have been developed specifically for bathroom floors. These tiles can also be used on walls, but make sure never to do the opposite and use wall tiles on the floor. This can prove hazardous when the tiles are wet.

If you do not wish to use tiles, other flooring materials include vinyl and Corian, both of which are non-porous and seamless. Corian is a very low-maintenance option, and colours can be used together to create the most pleasing effect. These materials can be used across the floor, walls, surfaces, and practically anywhere in the room. Just watch out for the cost, as it begins at around £300 per linear metre.

The Shower Area

It is easy to make the shower area the focal point of the space when you design a wetroom simply by fitting a statement shower head, and even body jets too. You will find that chrome works very well with most colour schemes and material textures, and you will be spoiled for choice with the range of companies specialising in this kind of product.

To really look like a wetroom, you will want the space to be sleek and stylish. Shower curtains will not fit in when you design a wetroom, and a much sleeker option is a single pane of glass or plastic to separate the shower from the rest of the room. The divide can look great if it is used not to completely enclose the shower, but simply to form a transparent wall halfway across the room, for example.

Heating and Ventilation

Underfloor heating is a perfect match when you come to design a wetroom. By warming from underneath, the water on the floor will dry much quicker and the room as a whole will dry out properly. Also,  by not installing bulky radiators you can maintain that all-important sleek appearance.

Ventilation and extraction is vital if you are to stop the formation of mould and condensation in your wetroom. A good idea is to use either a wall-mounted extractor fan placed directly opposite the bathroom door or a fan located in the ceiling and leading moisture out and up through the roof or loft.

Do I have the Space?

Perhaps surprisingly, when you come to design a wetroom you will notice that it does not take up as much space as you might originally have supposed. Wetrooms are more about clever utilisation of the space you have than having lots of space to begin with.

A wetroom will usually work best as a second bathroom or en-suite, as most people will expect to have a family bathroom in the home if ever you come to sell, and converting a wetroom back to a bathroom can be expensive. However, a wetroom can add value to your property to the tune of up to £10,000.

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