If you’re planning on having a loft conversion or house extension and you are adding an extra bedroom to your existing property, an en suite bathroom is well worth considering…
…However, it can be tricky. Ideally, you want the space in which you’re adding the en suite to be close to existing plumbing and the soil pipe. Although hot and cold feeds can be easy to run, there needs to be an existing soil pipe for the foul waste, so remember to take this into account when you are deciding where to locate your en suite.
Adding an en suite to your home can boost the value of your property, provided you’re not losing an existing bedroom. Today’s new builds tend to come with an en suite as standard, particularly in the master bedroom, but old houses rarely feature an additional bathroom.
Having one installed will certainly improve your standard of living, while making your home more desirable should you ever decide to sell. However, there is a knack to adding an en suite to your home. Careful planning is needed to maximise space, while getting the standard of finish you want.
With that in mind here are 4 top tips for planning your perfect en suite:
#1 – Hire a builder that has experience in fitting en suites
Why? Hiring a builder with a portfolio of en suite bathrooms will set your expectations right from the start. They will have a better understanding of costs, how long installing an en suite will take and they can help you plan the best layout for the space you have.
The best way to find a reputable builder is to ask friends and family for recommendations, but if you don’t know anyone, obtain a few quotes before selecting a contractor. Remember to check references and qualifications before you hand over any money.
#2 – Creating space
There are several creative ways to install an en suite bathroom. However, it all depends on how much space you have to play with. If you’re fortunate enough to have a large space to work with, adding an en suite could be as easy as partitioning off a section with a stud wall to create the separate space you crave.
However, ‘easy’ is open to interpretation. After all, there is still the plumbing, electrics and ventilation to consider.
In smaller spaces, it’s likely that you will have to take up floor space from an adjoining bedroom or convert a large storage cupboard into an en suite shower room. However, you will need to make sure you don’t make your existing or adjoining rooms too small.
#3 – Layout
You’ve created the space, but it’s getting the layout right that will make or break your en suite bathroom project. Every piece of bathroom furniture has to be positioned perfectly to maximise the room available. Radiators right down to door handles will require careful consideration when planning an en suite bathroom.
Most en suites involve limited space, and fitting a bath is not an option, in which case your layout will be based around having a shower installed. There are plenty of space-saving showers on the market that could be the ideal fit for your project.
#4 – Storage
You’ve got the space, you’ve got the layout, but we can’t tell you how often storage gets neglected when planning an en suite bathroom. The smaller the space, the more important it is to use storage solutions creatively.
For instance, a vanity unit is a great way to combine a basin and storage as opposed to a pedestal basin. A vanity unit combines function and form to give you maximum storage while taking up minimal floor space.