How to Turn Your Bathroom into a Wet Room
For many people, the idea of a luxurious wet room is a far off dream but in reality, the process is not as difficult as you may imagine. The idea of a wetroom is simply that instead of having the shower boxed off in one corner, the bath is removed and the entire room becomes one luxuriously sized “shower room”. The room is fully drainable and often the basin and the toilet will remain in place so that you can still utilize these necessary details!
The main issue with a wet room is the flooring; the floor must be of a lower level in order for the water to drain off. This is often deal with by adding a “pooling” area around the plughole so that there is a gradual incline and all water heads in the right direction. Many people who opt for wet rooms also choose to fully tile the room and to add integral tiled seating for a really extravagant feeling to the space.
In order to achieve the proper flooring in a wet room it is often necessary to install a “sub floor” which is basically a second floor which is then covered over with tiles; other options involve large tray-like surfaces being installed in the room so that the entire surface slopes towards the drain ensuring that your room is fully dry when not in use.
It is often advisable to raise the level of the threshold in your wet room by a few millimetres so that you are fully insured against leaks! Waterproofing the walls is a necessary addition to the changes which need to be made in your bathroom and this is achieved by painting a waterproof “gum” over the floor and walls. The tiles are fitted over this substance once it is fully dried and this provides extra protection from moisture seeping into the wall space and damaging the fabric of the building.
For smaller homes, wet rooms can be problematic owing to the splashing which will inevitably result from showering in the open! Wet rooms can also be chilly so under floor heating is usually recommended. The lack of a bath could put future buyers off as many people want at least one bath in a home.
They are simple to clean as there are less nooks and crannies; they are also very stylish and it is luxurious to be able to shower in a larger space. Wet rooms can be a great choice for families with children as it is easier for children to manage in a larger space.
Wetrooms are attractive and user-friendly. It is necessary to have the room fully tiled from floor to ceiling and while this can be a costly exercise it does afford some wonderful choices in terms of design and colour. Wet rooms make the perfect environment for growing certain plants such as ferns and this addition can create a magical atmosphere and really make your morning shower into a special experience.