The Benefits of a Wet Room

What are the benefits of a wet room? And can you get stylish ones?

When people think of a wet room, it’s not exactly the most glamorous image. For some reason, wet rooms make us think of boring cream tiles, in a large room that looks something like a disabled toilet. However, wet rooms shouldn’t just be for elderly or disabled people. They can be fashionable, stylish rooms. So I’m here to change your mind and look at the benefits of a wet room.

 

Easy to clean

Firstly, wet rooms are easy to clean. You can use standard bathroom cleaner on all the tiles and the floor, cleaning it all in one easy way. And there’s no glass scum to contend with which is ALWAYS a bonus. The floor can easily be mopped, and excess water pushed into the drain in the middle of the room.

 

Best use of space

The one downside to a wet room is that you can’t have a bath in it. However, if you wanted an accessible-friendly bath, you could use walk-in baths in another bathroom if you have one. These are wonderful for people like my Grandma, who loves baths but can no longer get in and out of one. They also take up less space as they’re more upright so you can sit fully in them.

However, if you go for a normal wet room, there’s no need for a bath, making the room look and feel bigger. This may decrease the value of your house. If you’re worried about this, make sure you have another bathroom else where in the house that contains a bath.

 

Benefits of a wet room includes more space. Shower and toilet in a stunning tiled wetroom

Photo credit: Victoria Plum, https://victoriaplum.com/blog/posts/5-reasons-why-a-wetroom-is-a-great-bathroom-option

 

Adding quality to your home

The benefits of a wet room can even reach as far as improving the value of your home. They’re so waterproof that there’s less chance of a leak. In a regular bathroom, water can get into areas it shouldn’t. How many times have you put the kids in the bath, and half the water has gone on the floor?

In a wet room, all the water is channeled into a central drain, meaning water runs off correctly where it belongs.

 

Top Tip: Worried about all that cold tile underfoot? Install underfloor heating for extra warmth. It also helps the room dry faster.

 

Photo credit: Damian Russell

 

Accessible

Obviously, although all of the above are excellent, the main benefit of a wet room is how accessible it is, especially for the elderly or disabled. There’s no step up into a shower or bath. You can add a seat into the room which even comes in handy when drying yourself.

The only thing to look out for is slippy tiles. A rubbery-soled pair of flip flops will stop you from slipping as much, so keep a pair in the wet room so you can get out easily.

 

Wet rooms are the best beautiful but practical bathrooms around. The benefits of a wet room are endless, and they CAN be stylish too.

 

Our future bathroom plans

Future bathroom plans and where we’ll be living next.

Even though me and Jay only moved into our house 9 months ago, I’m always thinking ahead to our next place. I feel like we’ve already out grown this house, but how is that possible?! When I first moved out of my parents’, I couldn’t believe I’d have a whole house to fill with all my stuff. Now it feels too small. We’ve obviously got used to the house too quickly.

So I have a whole list of criteria that the next house has to include. I need a utility room. At the moment, our washing ends up drying in the living room or dining room, and it looks messy.

My other requirement is three bathrooms. I know this sounds like a lot, but hear me out! I’d love a downstairs bathroom. It doesn’t have to be big. Just a space for a sink, toilet and radiator. I’d also love an en-suite off the master bedroom, and a large family bathroom. Here’s how I envisage each of them.

 

Downstairs toilet

If we had space, we would have put a downstairs toilet in our current house. However, the stairs aren’t long enough to fit one underneath. Unless you want to be crouching whilst on the toilet. Not ideal.

I suppose it’s not a big thing, but I hate guests going into our main bathroom, and seeing our messy products everywhere.

We’re always cleaning it just in case someone comes over. If we had a downstairs toilet, guests could use this, and not have to go upstairs at all. It’s also much easier to clean and manage.

 

Bold wallpaper in bathroom with white sink

Downstairs toilet inspiration: Mad About the House, https://www.madaboutthehouse.com/downstairs-loo-makeover/

En-Suite Bathroom

This is especially important when me and Jay have kids. I don’t want to get in a bath that’s already got a toy shark, toy boat, and a muddy scum line around it. I want a nice peaceful, tranquil bathroom of our own, where I can go for a wee in peace. And fill it with candles. Not a child’s toy in site!

It’s also especially useful for when multiple people are trying to shower at once. Once children come along, it won’t just be me and Jay fighting over the shower, but possibly three or four of us!

Our bathroom would have a freestanding bathtub, as well as a walk-in shower, and his and her sinks (I can dream).

As we get older, I’d definitely consider walk-in baths. My Grandma loves having baths and hate showers, but unfortunately as she got older, she found it impossible to get in and out of one. You can even got modern ones that look like standard baths.

 

Photo credit: Design Soda, en-suite bathroom http://designsoda.co.uk/bathroom/

 

Family Bathroom

Part of our future bathroom plans is to have a family bathroom. For the reasons mentioned above, it’s a must. When I lived with my parents, me, my brother and sister shared it. Luckily, we had a pump shower which meant one of us could have a shower at the same time as my parents. When there’s five of you living in a house, this is a need.

I’d also like the family bathroom to have a separate bath and shower, if there’s space. Our current bathroom has a bath with a shower over it, which means you have to constantly clean the bath. Me and Jay rarely have baths, so it would be much easier to just clean the shower, and do the bath as and when we use it. I’m just lazy basically.

 

Family bathroom - future bathroom plans. Bath with kids' toys

Photo credit: Well I Guess This Is Growing Up (family bathroom) http://welliguessthisisgrowingup.co.uk/2017/11/09/the-honest-house-tour-family-bathroom/

 

So those are our future bathroom plans. As you can see, I’ve thought this through properly. Whether all of these things are affordable, well we’ll find out I guess.

How to Create a Bathroom of Dreams

Create the bathroom of dreams with these small changes.

When it comes to your home, there are two rooms in the house that would be classed as the “big ticket” rooms when it comes to adding value to your home. One is the kitchen, because it is the hub of the home, and the other is the bathroom.

It might be less obvious, but more people look at the bathroom over other rooms in the home when it comes to buying. This is because it’s the room that might be costly to replace. It can also be a place to relax and unwind after a hard day. Therefore, how it looks can be a way of appealing to you and your family but also for the future when it comes to selling. With that in mind, I thought I would share with you some of the ways you could create the bathroom of dreams.

 

Install a new bathroom suite

One of the biggest changes that you can make is installing a brand new bathroom suite. Of course, it can also be one of the most expensive ways to do it as well. I guess it would all depend on the condition and look of your existing bathroom suite.

Ask yourself how much of a change this would make. If you already have a white bathroom suite, replacing it might not be an option. Instead look at redoing the grouting and sealant, replacing taps and other fixtures. You’d be amazed how much this can transform a bath.

If it does need replacing, then make sure you enlist the help of professionals like Abbots Plumbing and Heating to help install it properly. With all the complication of pipes and the type of bathroom you are installing, it is always advisable to have an expert fit it for you.

 

Make subtle changes with colour

If you have a white suite, try adding splashes of colour in the accessories. You could consider adding different colours into the room to make it feel freshened up. A theme or colour change can make a big difference to your bathroom suite.

It might be something as simple as coloured towels and accessories, or you might want to add a colour to the walls if you have that opportunity to do so. Other things to consider would be pictures on the wall, especially if they are water related like holiday snaps at the beach or in the pool.

 

Create the spa-like experience on a budget

A bathroom is often a place where you can relax and unwind. A bathroom of dreams needs a spa like feel. Water can really help soothe your mind. Many people enjoy sitting in the bath and allowing the water to calm your senses. But you could take things one step further and create a spa like experience in your own bathroom.

Consider things like candles, even scented specifically with relaxing oils, and some spa like music There are applications you can download on your phone to help you recreate the atmosphere. Lower the lighting, and incorporate greenery. You could even invest in a new robe and towels just for the occasion.

 

Change one big thing

Finally, if you want to make a change but can’t afford the expense of a new bathroom then making just one change could be the way forward. Maybe the flooring or the tiles. It would add just enough of a change to make a bathroom feel brand new.

 

I hope that these tips help you to create your bathroom of dreams.