Transforming your Bathroom with a Wetroom
A wetroom or open plan bathroom is becoming a very popular choice in modern homes. Many find that they offer more freedom of use while making the bathroom more visually appealing too. They can serve as a great option for those with mobility issues. Transforming your current bathroom into a wetroom can be facilitated with some changes, however it is not an easy process. The transformation should only be completed by knowledgeable tradesmen or it could prove an even more expensive project in the long run.
First and foremost, a wetroom should feature completely tiled floors and walls. You can choose from ceramic, porcelain, marble or stone tiles, depending on what your budget allows. Installing fibreglass before laying the tiles is recommended. Ceramic and porcelain tiles offer a more cost effective option. You do not have to worry about mould or rot forming from consistent flows of water. However, the use of a good sealer is necessary and this may need to be reapplied on a yearly basis.
A quick flow drainage system should also feature in a wetroom to allow any water to quickly and easily flow out of the room. Square or liner chrome finished waste traps are the most common choices available. If your wetroom is to feature a shower, your options include a thermostatic, power or electric shower – this means it is very likely that you could keep your current shower system in place. A shower screen is very much optional, but advised. They can prevent water from spraying out across the room and a support balance if necessary. You can choose to surround the shower completely with a shower screen or just mount a screen opposite the direction of the shower head.
When choosing a toilet, your options include a standard floor mounted closed toilet, a wall mounted toilet or a cistern based mounted system. The cistern base mounted and wall mounted systems are a great choice if you are short on space. A standard floor mounted system can be installed if space is not an issue. This type of system is advised if you are installing a wetroom to cater for mobility issues.
A wall mounted sink or sink with semi pedestal can be an excellent space saver and they also offer a minimalistic appearance. They can easily be fitted to suit any height requirements. Wall mounted vanity units are another option, if you are looking to achieve an aesthetically pleasing wetroom. A standard floor basin and pedestal can be implemented too, and can sometimes prove more affordable. This type of basin is only best implemented if height requirements and space are not an issue.
If your budget allows it, an underfloor heating system can make a great addition to a wetroom. It prevents the need to step out of a shower onto cold tiles and therefore offers maximum comfort and luxury.