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A Helpful Guide to En-Suite Bathrooms

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Date: Fri 25th August 2017

The addition of an en-suite bathroom to a master bedroom is one of the most popular and desirable options for a homeowner. This is especially so if you've just got one bathroom that's shared and you want to cut down on the queues for the bathroom every morning! 

If you're thinking of having an en-suite bathroom built in your home, here are a few tips and tricks to help you.

Firstly, find the ideal space for the en-suite!

The most important thing for you to do is find the most suitable area in your home for your en-suite bathroom. For example, do you have a small box room next to your master bedroom that could be far more useful if it was turned into an en-suite? Alternatively, if there is a major room that has a large amount of unused space, you could also transform that into an en-suite. Please be aware though that you will need a minimum of 1.8 m by 0.9 m to make a functional en-suite.

When you have finally decided where to build the en-suite and just how much room you have available for it, you can then start to effectively plan the layout.

Planning your en-suite is key

The most important thing to be aware of when designing and planning your new en-suite bathroom is getting carried away! The chances are that you won't be able to fit in everything you desire. So limit your requirements to the most essential and likely features and fixtures, usually a toilet, sink and shower. If you later find that you still have a significant amount of space left after these have been accounted for, you can then consider adding in other amenities and features.

The most sensible way of designing your brand new en-suite bathroom is drawing a scale plan of the area and then talking to an experienced plumber about where the waste pipelines and other plumbing should be placed. This will help you get the design right and highlight any potential design restraints you have to work with.

You also need to think carefully about the door; will it open into the en-suite or the bedroom? Is there space for the door to open without striking a bed or sink? If space is tight, you could also consider fitting a sliding door.

Utilise creative lighting

When it comes to lighting your new en-suite bathroom, there are two main aspects that you need to consider; the electrical wiring associated with the lights and how the area will be lit. In addition, there are various policies relating to the placement of switches and the kind of lights you can fit in bathrooms.

For instance, standard light switches will always have to be positioned outside the door. But you can always install pull chords if you want the light to switch on from inside the bathroom. You will need a qualified electrician to fit all the electrical wiring though as it must adhere to Part P of construction policies.

Once the technical side is sorted, you can then start choosing exactly what kind of light fittings and fixtures you would like and where you want them placed. While en-suites are generally quite small, it's advisable to think about having more than one sort of light. For example, you can have your main light, along with smaller lighting around the mirror.

Choose the right decor and decoration

En-suite bathrooms can sometimes feel cramped given their relatively small nature. So you should do what you can to mitigate this with your choice of tiles and colours. Firstly, make sure you use the same tiles on the walls as on the floor. Secondly, it would be preferable to have a walk-in shower with a glass screen, as opposed to a shower with a tray, as this will open up the en-suite area.

Similarly, using lighter shades has the potential to make the en-suite feel larger, so bear this in mind when you're thinking about what colour to go with. If you decide to go with something bolder, pick a paler shade for the majority of the space and then add more brightly-coloured tiles around the middle of the wall to add some extra style and panache. Another option to consider is adding some colour with soap dishes and towels; with the advantage of being able to quickly change this when you get tired of the colour. 

Follow these helpful tricks and tips and you'll end up with a beautiful and relaxing en-suite bathroom to be proud of. For more information, or to discuss your en-suite bathroom ideas and requirements, contact the experienced team at Hebditch Property Renovations today. 

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