golden touch’

Rather than play it safe, Jes­sica luxed up her char­ac­ter­less, com­pact bath­room with a bit of sparkle

Style at Home (UK) - - BATHROOM MAKEOVER -

Buy­ing an ex-rental prop­erty was my chance to work with a bath­room that was a blank can­vas, but lacked per­son­al­ity,’ says Jes­sica, of the Re­gency-era flat she owns.

‘It was just a ba­sic suite, with mag­no­li­a­painted walls, and a cheap lino floor that was ill fit­ting as well as dif­fi­cult to keep clean. It lacked a win­dow, as the room had been cre­ated in the first place by bor­row­ing space from the sit­ting room. I wanted my new bath­room to look big­ger, but with­out hav­ing to do any ma­jor struc­tural work.

My must-haves

At the top of my wish list was a sep­a­rate shower and bath. The main chal­lenge was how to work these two large items into a small space be­cause the cen­tral po­si­tion of the door­way meant the room lacked spare wall space for ad­di­tional san­i­tary­ware. A low-pro­file walk-in shower was non­nego­tiable, and I also wanted to in­stall an en­closed shower screen, be­cause the bath­room could feel chilly in the win­ter.

Another must-have for me was a free­stand­ing roll-top bath. The is­sue was try­ing to find one that wouldn’t look over­pow­er­ing in a com­pact room. I was aware that all the bath­room fur­ni­ture had to work with­out ap­pear­ing crammed in, and it took a lot of care­ful plan­ning. But I even­tu­ally sketched out a floor plan that fit­ted in ev­ery­thing I wanted.

Rais­ing the roof

I was ad­vised to make the stud walls thin­ner, as well as re­mov­ing the false ceil­ing to raise the height of the room, and these sim­ple tweaks made the room feel so much big­ger. Mov­ing the door to the far side of the room gave me enough space to squeeze in a shower unit.

Un­der­floor heat­ing en­sured the on­cechilly room felt cosy, and con­tin­u­ing the floor tiles at a slight an­gle to­wards the waste unit dis­pensed with the need for

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