Easy Bathrooms offers some advice on designing the perfect wet room, from initial considerations, to how the process works, and some design ideas…
A wet room could be considered the height of bathroom luxury. Perfectly accessible, perfectly minimalistic. But this sleek, contemporary room requires careful planning, expert knowledge and specialist kit. Failing to do so can result in unwanted leaks and costly problems further down the line.
1. Getting the floor level right
Within a new home, it will be fairly simple to create a level floor, but for renovating an existing property, then the shower area will need to be lowered to make room for the extra depth of the waterproofing, adhesive and tiles. A space will be cut out of the joists and the plumber will ensure that adequate waste drainage is in place.
2. Installing the wet room tray
Then, a wet room tray will be installed. This is a shower enclosure that is tiled over, to achieve the slope which allows the water to flow away.
3. Waterproofing the area
After the tray is fitted, the room will need to be fully waterproofed. Creating a barrier between the tiles and the underlying floor is the most essential part of the project.
This can be achieved in two ways. Firstly, it could be done using a wet room membrane kit, which is glued to the underlying floor and sealed with tape. Or, a thermal waterproof board will offer extra protection, which can be used as an additional or alternative solution.
Finally, the flooring can be laid. Very large format tiles may be difficult to cut to the required angle around the drainage point, but small- or medium-sized tiles will be perfect. Stone or concrete-effect products will help to finish off the sleek look, while also having natural anti-slip qualities.
1. Install underfloor heating to help dry out the floor and for a luxurious feel.
2. Choose a thermostatic or electric shower for ultimate control over water temperature and to reduce the risk of a drop in pressure, which can lead to scalding.
3. Add a shower screen to contain splashes and stop the whole floor area from getting wet. Alternatively, build a wall to separate the shower and create a sense of privacy.
4. Pair the shower with a freestanding tub to create a bold statement which finishes off a bathroom with the desired look and style.
5. Choose a wall-mounted storage unit to stop water pooling around its base. This type of furniture is also perfect for a small bathroom to create the illusion of space, while cleverly maximising square ft and providing the ultimate storage solution.
6. Mix a stone/concrete-tiled floor with patterned wall tiles to create a modern contrast. White gloss or hexagon tiles are a great choice.
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