‘I’ve com­bined Ho­tel luxe & Com­fort’

A new ex­ten­sion meant Clare, 39, could cre­ate her dream bath­room, mak­ing it per­fect for her needs

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When my hus­band Matthew and I bought this house, we knew that we’d build an ex­ten­sion even­tu­ally be­cause the kitchen and bath­room were tiny,’ says Clare. ‘After four years, we finally started the work.

To make the most of the space up­stairs, we de­cided to re­ar­range the lay­out, and this in­cluded mov­ing the bath­room. There was a box room with an air­ing cup­board next to it and by com­bin­ing the two, we’d be able to cre­ate a large bath­room with space for a shower and a sep­a­rate bath.

As the space was a blank can­vas, we were able to plan the de­sign ex­actly the way we wanted. The al­cove be­hind the door was the ob­vi­ous place for a walk-in shower as it wouldn’t en­croach on the rest of the room. I also wanted the roll-top bath to be a fo­cal point be­neath the win­dow, and ev­ery­thing else just fell into po­si­tion.

All in the de­tail

From the start, I had a clear idea of the look I wanted – a lux­u­ri­ous ho­tel-style bath­room with a homely feel. The colour scheme was in­spired by a visit to Topps Tiles, where we fell in love with a mar­ble de­sign. The vari­a­tion in each tile was beau­ti­ful, rang­ing through all shades of grey to beige and hints of pink that gave a rich, warm hue. We also like the time­less look of mar­ble and it was more af­ford­able than I imag­ined.

I’m quite con­fi­dent when mak­ing colour choices and used the mar­ble tones as a base. We chose a soft grey for the walls, which com­ple­mented the stone shower tiles, and tim­ber-style floor­ing for a nat­u­ral feel, which is warmed by un­der­floor heat­ing.

When it came to the fit­tings, I spent hours search­ing on­line and dis­cov­ered that the price range for sim­i­lar-looking baths was quite var­ied. In­stead, we de­cided to

‘by us­ing soft greys and nat­u­ral el­e­ments of wood­grain and mar­ble in the decor,it al­ways feels warm and invit­ing in here’

visit show­rooms to ac­tu­ally see the prod­ucts and feel the qual­ity. I’d imag­ined trawl­ing round shop after shop but on just one trip to Bath­store we found ev­ery­thing we needed and the prices were fan­tas­tic.

Stor­age so­lu­tions

I wanted plenty of stor­age but I’m not a fan of shelves or wall cab­i­nets. In­stead, I spent ages hunt­ing for a freestanding cup­board. Even­tu­ally, a dou­ble basin unit from Utopia Bath­rooms caught my eye. It stretched the bud­get, but there’s am­ple space for tow­els and toi­letries, so it’s a great in­vest­ment.

The only time we had to change our plans was when it came to the floor in the shower. It was sup­posed to be flush with the rest of the room, but pipework is­sues meant this would be tricky and ex­pen­sive. In­stead we raised the floor and made it into a sep­a­rate zone. Apart from this, the rest of the work ran smoothly and it was the first room in our house to be com­pleted, so it be­came our haven. I fell in love with it then and am still thrilled with the re­sult now.’

SMART CON­TRAST ‘Deep grey walls al­low the white roll-top bath to stand out’


‘This was an in­dul­gent piece, but it’s worth every penny and keeps things neat and tidy’

wall to wall great idea ‘We used the en­tire space of the old air­ing cup­board to cre­ate a large walk-in shower’ ‘Give cab­i­nets an in­stant up­date by fit­ting new han­dles’

heat up

‘this clas­sic de­sign fits in well with the decor’

out of sight

‘the blind fab­ric has a metal­lic sheen that lends a lav­ish feel’

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