‘Clever Plan­ning Boosted Our Space’

RACHEL AND SHAUN STACEY USED A SMART LAY­OUT AND FRESH COLOURS TO MAKE THEIR BATH­ROOM FEEL BIG­GER

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Buy­ing a Seven­ties house with rooms that hadn’t been up­dated for more than 30 years meant that Rachel and Shaun Stacey had plenty of scope for mak­ing im­prove­ments. ‘For a fam­ily of five, the main bath­room was not at all child friendly,’ says Rachel. ‘The dé­cor was old-fash­ioned and the bath had a leaky show­er­head. The win­dow was a good size, but any nat­u­ral day­light was ab­sorbed by the gloomy cream and black tiles.’

Rachel’s main pri­or­ity was to in­cor­po­rate a prac­ti­cal walk-in shower, but she couldn’t see how to ac­com­mo­date one in such a small space. The bath­room also needed to be easy to clean and main­tain and have plenty of stor­age. ‘The old room was full of dusty nooks and cran­nies, but its sav­ing grace was the large van­ity unit un­der the basin,’ says Rachel. ‘We wanted to re­place it with a mod­ern ver­sion of the same thing.’

The chal­lenge was fit­ting in ev­ery­thing the fam­ily needed and max­imis­ing the ex­ist­ing space. ‘We em­ployed a professional to work out where to put ev­ery­thing and opted for a com­pact bath and a wall-hung unit and loo to save space,’ says Rachel. ‘This used to be a rather dull, im­prac­ti­cal room, but now we have a lay­out that re­ally works. We’ve turned it into a prac­ti­cal, spa­cious bath­room that all the fam­ily loves to use.’

BE­FORE

Clear win­ner A SIM­PLE HINGED GLASS SHOWER DOOR AL­LOWS THE BLUE MO­SAICS TO STAND OUT Eau­zone Plus shower screen, from £1,737, Matki. For sim­i­lar white wall tiles, try the HTL4479, £135 per sq m, Hy­pe­r­ion Tiles

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