‘it’s no longer cramped and bland’

Car­men ditched the bath tub to achieve more space in her new-look bath­room

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Be­ing roughly just two me­tres square, our fam­ily bath­room could never be de­scribed as gen­er­ous and, al­though it was clean and func­tional when we moved in, lim­ited floor space meant it felt very cramped.’ says Car­men. ‘What’s more, the stark white wall-to-wall tiling and unin­spir­ing fit­tings made the room feel rather clin­i­cal and im­per­sonal.

Sim­ply up­grad­ing with a qual­ity shower over the bath and retil­ing was the ob­vi­ous so­lu­tion, but our fam­ily are avid shower lovers, so my hus­band Daniel and I soon agreed the key fea­ture of the new room should be a spa­cious, pow­er­ful shower.

Get­ting started

Much to Daniel’s delight, we soon came to the con­clu­sion that there was noth­ing re­ally wrong with the lay­out, it was just that the ex­ist­ing suite was too big for the space. So with no com­pli­cated re­design or re­lay­ing of pipework to con­sider, we chose to de­sign the room our­selves. A friend sug­gested a good lo­cal plumber, who was happy to guide us, and to save money we ripped out the ex­ist­ing suite and floor­ing our­selves. How­ever, we did bring in the pro­fes­sion­als to re­move the tiles and re­plas­ter through­out.

Max­imis­ing space

One of our first, and most con­tro­ver­sial, de­sign de­ci­sions was to ditch the bath in favour of a gen­er­ous wet room-style en­clo­sure. How­ever, on the ad­vice of our plumber, we made sure the di­men­sions still al­lowed for a bath to be re­in­stated eas­ily, if it’s ever needed. By in­stalling

‘in­tro­duc­ing a bold pat­tern on the floor is a great way to add dec­o­ra­tive in­ter­est with­out over­whelm­ing smaller spaces­like this’

a slim­line 700mm wide tray we were able to claw back valu­able floor space. Con­ceal­ing all the ex­posed pipework plus a new cis­tern within both a hal­fand full-height false wall helped vis­ually stream­line the room and gave us a handy shelf. Along with the van­ity and shower niche, carved out of the ex­ist­ing stud wall, it has tripled our stor­age ca­pac­ity!

Es­tab­lish­ing the look

For me, an eclec­tic mix can work well, so I had no reser­va­tions about team­ing our min­i­mal­ist en­clo­sure with more tra­di­tional fit­tings, such as the lux­u­ri­ous over­sized del­uge shower, clas­sic free­stand­ing van­ity and brick tiles. With the colour scheme, most of our friends thought we were mad to paint the walls such a dra­matic, dark green-grey, but I think off­set­ting them with white tiles and san­i­tary­ware has kept the room both cosy and airy.

Fin­ish­ing touches

In line with our mix-and-match theme, we chose a tra­di­tional-style, floor-mounted ra­di­a­tor and opted for a be­spoke wood-ef­fect blind. My favourite ad­di­tion was ac­tu­ally free – it’s the vin­tage mir­ror given to us by my mother. It sits hap­pily along­side high street ac­ces­sories in what, I’m proud to say, is now a lux­u­ri­ous and prac­ti­cal fam­ily bath­room, com­plete with am­ple floor space!’

SLEEK STOR­AGE ‘To max­imise floor space we specif­i­cally sourced a slim­line van­ity – it may only be 40cm deep, but it’s 80cm wide, so the basin and stor­age are still ad­e­quate, space-wise.’

TO­TAL £3,217 TURN OVER FOR MY SHOP­PING LIST DRA­MATIC DECOR ‘I’m so glad we had the courage of our con­vic­tions when it came to us­ing colour and pat­tern in such a small space, as the bath­room now feels warm and wel­com­ing’

BOX­ING CLEVER ‘I’m a huge fan of painted tongue-and-groove pan­elling, so it was the ob­vi­ous choice when it came to box­ing in pipework and the con­cealed cis­tern’

BLIND PAS­SION ‘to achieve the look of a wooden blind with­out the worry of it warp­ing in such a hu­mid area, we picked a smart, easy clean, faux al­ter­na­tive!’

FEA­TURE FLOOR ‘My lovely ce­ramic tiles not only add dec­o­ra­tive in­ter­est, but have proved a hard-wear­ing and prac­ti­cal op­tion in this fam­ily room’

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