You don’t need to be a fashionista to have a wetroom but they are fashionable. You may think that a wetroom is just a fancy name for a bathroom. A wetroom differs in that it is a complete watertight room that gets wet.
So all you need is a room. It could be a small room that you want to use as an en-suite or a shower room but it could also be a main bathroom. On a simple level all you need to do is to put a drain in the room, tile it and voila you have a wetroom.
But it is not quite as simple as that and there are a number of things to consider before you create your wetroom. As you might imagine creating a waterproof room will take a bit of work.
The benefits of a wetroom
Given that this room is going to provoke a number of challenges why would you bother?
First, it will add value to your property. In the popular imagination the wetroom equals luxury. If anyone has been on a spa weekend at a country house hotel they will have encountered a wetroom.
Because there is no shower tray in the room you can fit a shower where a traditional shower tray might not have been suitable. It is a great way to utilise a small room that would not fit a bath and you can create a stylish extra bathroom.
How to go about it
The first thing to do is to ring your local planning office. If you are going to make structural changes to your home by creating your wetroom you may need to apply for planning permission.
If everything is OK you can then get down to the fun pit of planning your wetroom. If you have the room for it a freestanding bath always looks great in a wetroom.
However, the design challenge with this type of room comes from the fact it is completely tiled. To make the room watertight the whole room has to be tiled and you will also have to decide what sort of flooring you want. The floor can be made of concrete or wood depending on your preference.
Organising your wetroom
You will want to create a warm and inviting room. Just because it is full of tiles does not mean that it has to cold and sterile.
Mosaic designs are popular as is the use of patterned tiles to add texture to your room. Also think about whether you want to incorporate a basin and toilet.
Once it is all up and running every day at home will be like staying in a spa hotel as you head for your wetroom in a fluffy white bath robe.