• The Southern Renovations Guide to Wet Room Bathrooms

    Want a wet room, but not sure whether it will work in your home? Read on for the advantages and disadvantages of wet rooms, along with some expert design tips

    Wet rooms are becoming more and more desirable, and they’re a great way to add value to your home. But how exactly do you go about designing a wet room? We’ve put together a handy guide with everything you need to know, from tiles to taps and why going for a wet room now is futureproofing your investment in your home today.

  • Wet Rooms Explained

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    What is a wet room & why install one?

    A wet room is a totally waterproofed or tanked bathroom with a shower area at the same level as the rest of the floor. The water drains away through a flush drain within the shower area. A truly open plan wet room removes the need for an enclosure for walk in showers, although many people prefer to install a glass screen to prevent water splashing outside the shower area. As the floor of the showering area is completely level with the rest of the room, wet rooms are ideal for those with mobility issues who are able to move effortlessly in and out of walk in showers. A wet room is a great way of utilizing space effectively and can be installed on both the ground and upper floors of your home, whether the floor is of timber or concrete construction. It requires less maintenance and cleaning than a usual bathroom thanks to the greater area reached by the shower water, and this makes a wet room a hygienic option and suitable for all of the family.

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    Advantages of wet rooms.

    • Wet rooms are super-stylish and perfect for creating a contemporary look.
    • As a second bathroom, a wet room can easily increase the value of your home.
    • Great for small bathrooms – removing the bath creates loads more space.
    • Wet rooms are, in general, easier to clean. There’s no shower screen or tray to worry about and if you go for a wall-hung sink and toilet, it’s easier still.
    • If it’s done properly, your floor (the bit under the tiles) is better protected than it would be in a standard bathroom.
    • Future proof your investment in a new bathroom by choosing a layout and design that can be easily upgraded with a few simple fixtures and fittings to make independant living sustainable and safe, as your mobility may decline in your twilight years.
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    Can anyone have a wet room?

    In theory, yes. Wet rooms are basically shower rooms that do away with the shower screen and tray, and have an open, fully tiled shower area. .A wet room which is well planned out and professionally installed will look absolutely stunning, reflecting your own personal taste and style. Wet rooms are also ideal for those with restricted mobility, like the elderly or disabled, when combined with independent living products.

    Having a completely watertight room with a genuine walk in shower is not only a wonderful style choice but has practical implications too. With no conventional shower tray or enclosure, getting in and out of your shower is easy.

    Adding a second shower room or ensuite has long been a sure fire way to increase the value of any property and wet rooms have a particular high-value status, as they bring luxury spas and top class hotels to mind. It can be one of the most expensive rooms to achieve, but the results should be well worth the investment.

  • Why Make It A Wet Room

    Plan ahead to create a hard-working bathroom layout that will last for years to come

    Make Smart Choices, Incorporate a design layout for everyone.

    More often than not, your bathroom wish list is a collection of the features you would like to include right now. However, it’s smart to be forward thinking. Whether you have a growing family, a multi-generational household or are looking towards retirement, designing with your eye on what’s to come makes financial sense. Do it right and you should end up with a comfortable yet functional space, without it costing more than a standard refit.

    Future-proofing your bathroom isn’t about the addition of clinical looking accessories, obtrusive grab bars and plastic stools. A genuinely good scheme will go far beyond accessibility: the right layout will work for any stage of life.

    Start by thinking about who lives in the house now, their needs and how this might change in the years to come.

    For example, will you be caring for an elderly relative or are you planning on staying in your home into your own old age? Will your children return after university or do you have young children who, once they become teenagers, will have even more clutter? Get the layout and features right the first time and it’s likely you’ll save on updates, as all you’ll need will be small tweaks.

    Remember, too, that any additions down the line will entail further installation costs, so it makes economic sense to include them now. For example, a tanked wet room split by a glass panel will not only provide step-free access to washing for anyone who needs this, but also minimises the risk of leaks, protects plaster walls from mould and insulates the space, helping to cut energy bills.

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    Why Upgrade My Bathroom Now?

    Next to the kitchen, the bathroom is considered one of the most important rooms in the house. A bathroom isn’t simply a necessity, it’s the place you often go to relax after a hard day, the room you make yourself up in before a night out and even the location of romantic evenings!

    As bathrooms are so important it’s vital that, whether you decide to live on in or to sell your home, yours looks good. After all, a really fantastic bathroom can be the one feature that stays in the forefront of a safe and accessable lifestyle or stay in a potential buyer’s mind, long after the house viewing has ended. There are a number of things you can do to upgrade your bathroom in order to add commonsense features with a sense of style and increased value to your home.

    Wet rooms are, in general, easier to clean. There's no shower screen or tray to worry about and if you go for a wall-hung sink and toilet, it's easier still. If it's done properly, your floor (the bit under the tiles) is better protected than it would be in a standard bathroom.

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    Future-proofing your bathroom

    If you’re not yet at the stage of needing specialist bathroom equipment, but are planning a revamp of your bathroom anyway, then adapting it in anticipation of future needs is an excellent way to prevent accidents and make life easier for yourself, if your mobility does start to decline.

    If you’re thinking ahead and planning a bathroom renovation now, its going to do no harm to see how to ensure your bathroom will be safe and easy to use later in life.

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  • Easily Upgrade Your Current Wetroom For Safe and Easy Access Living

    Some Great Products Widely Available to Enhance and Make Safer Bathroom Access for All

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    A Stylish Shower Seat

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    Strategicly Placed Grab Rails

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    A Comfort Height Toilet or Seat

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    A Height Adjustable Sink

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