Last month, Westco looked at the rise of the master bathroom, and how it has become one of the most important spaces in home design.
In the US, people are opting for luxury bathrooms over any other room in the house.
“Almost 30% of homeowners undergoing renovations and remodelling are looking to achieve bigger bathrooms.”
The American Institute of Architects
However, here in the UK, the average bathroom is about the same size as a king-sized mattress. Understandably, this makes the task of turning a functional bathroom space into a relaxing, opulent haven that little bit harder.
Despite the challenges, there are ways for builders and plumbers to maximise all available space and turn even the smallest of bathrooms into something unique.
At Westco we have compiled our top tips to help you make the most of the smallest room in the house without compromising on style or functionality.
Invest in quality fittings and fixtures
Use quality fittings and stylish taps to create an indulgent, luxury bathroom when you don’t have space for a full remodel.Consider using soft, reflective metallics to create an elegant effect.
In addition, not only will a powerful showerhead look good, but it’s also a must in terms of functionality when it comes to designing contemporary bathrooms.
Remove the bath
As well as being more environmentally friendly than the bathtub, showers can also help you to transform a boring bathroom into an extravagant modern-day space.
“Around one-quarter of adults in the UK claim to never have baths, with the speed and convenience of showers fitting in with the hectic daily schedules of much of the population.”
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Going one step further, wetrooms aren’t just a key trend when it comes to bathroom design; they are also suitable for people of all ages, and adaptable for those with mobility issues. With a growing and ageing population, and an increase in multi-generation homes, the wetroom has the potential to meet the needs of grandparents, parents, and children alike.
Work with rather than against the space
Choose fittings that are designed to suit smaller bathrooms. Such accessories could include petite tubs, recessed or corner sinks, sliding shower screens, and swivelling /mixer taps.
Think smarter not bigger
With smart technology homeowners can, for example, set the shower to suit the exact preference of each family member. As smart devices become more and more accessible, builders and plumbers can incorporate these to offer an increased level of functionality to homeowners; which is just as important as aesthetics when it comes to creating a luxury space.
With installing a new bathroom at a cost of £8,400 able to boost a home’s value by £10,000, and homeowners increasingly demanding that bathrooms feel decadent, making the most of all available space is likely to be a key challenge for builders and plumbers over the next year and beyond.
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