Up to this point, you’ve likely experienced many bathrooms that feel particularly cramped, and you might have spent time poring over various magazines looking at bathrooms that appear quite the opposite: modern, roomy, luxurious affairs that would make anyone feel quite pampered indeed.
Secondly, if this is your situation right now, and you feel the desire to completely renovate your bathing area, let alone add a second bathroom, then you will be in for a pleasant surprise: wet rooms are a trending bathroom design, and are an excellent option for transforming your current cramped situation into a hip, modern-looking space that will allow you to feel like you have your very own spa-like atmosphere.
What Is a Wet Room?
If this is the first time you’ve heard this term, you’re not alone. While it’s rising in popularity, the wet room is still a new-ish trend, and is a considerable financial investment for many.
A wet room is simply a bathroom where, though there might be a bathtub that’s separate from a shower area, the shower portion is no longer merely a cubicle with a door or other type of screen. It’s more open, and because there is often no tray ledge to step over, or a door to fuss with, it’s a great option for people with varying mobility issues.
This said, people with smaller bathrooms still might want to consider a screen or curtain of some sort to prevent water from spraying everywhere, as well as figure out a different arrangement for their towels and toilet roll so neither becomes damp.
Why a Wet Room?
Again, wet rooms are great for saving you loads of space, either by taking away an otherwise cramped cubicle-like area, or removing a bathtub to focus solely on showering, especially if there are mobility issues.
Secondly, if you wish to keep the bathtub you have, and make your entire bathroom a wet room, you can easily up the property value of your home should you decide to sell. Or, if you add a wet room as a second bathroom, perhaps as an en suite affair, you will likely add value to your property that way, too, as many people want two bathrooms at the very least when home-hunting.
Thirdly, wet rooms are easier to clean than a traditional cubicle area, as there are no tight corners or other areas that are hard to clean properly if there is a shower tray or screen getting in the way.
What’s Involved With Transforming Your Bathroom Into a Wet Room?
Because of the process involved, this is no task for a DIYer. And let’s face it, you have a life to live, so leaving a bathroom renovation to the professionals will keep your stress levels to a minimum.
First, let’s talk drainage. Since there is usually no shower tray, a gradient has to be created in order for the shower water to flow down the drain, and the entire room has to be tanked, or waterproofed. Waterproofing the entire room involves making sure the floor and walls are all primed, then coated with a waterproofing membrane. Once that’s completed, the area is covered with non-porous ceramic tiles.
Why ceramic tiling, instead of stone? As stunning as it is, natural stone is porous, and will require regular maintenance to prevent water seeping into the stone. That can get pricey over time. Plus, you can request picture designs on the floor or walls with mosaic tile, if you wish it, which is a bit easier to do with ceramic, and truly makes your wet room stylish and one of a kind.
Thanks to interior design programmes, wet rooms have become part of a growing trend in bathroom renovation, and if you think a wet room is just the look and style you want to update your bathroom, then give us a call or request a quote online.