Can any home add a wet room?

Good news – the answer is yes to a luxurious-looking wet room for any home.

homes interiors dark grey wet room Porcelanosa
Stunning dark grey wet room by Porcelanosa Grupo

 

Typically, a wet room is a shower room minus the shower screen and tray. Instead, you’ll get a fully-tiled shower area that is open to the rest of the room. Often a wet room does away with a bath, although in a bigger area you can still include one.

 

Art Deco inspired shower by Samuel Heath
Samuel Heath Art Deco inspired Moderne shower in city bronze

Why choose a wet room?

FOR YOU

  • It looks great and gives your bathroom some boutique hotel style points.
  • Removing the bath creates much more space, and works well in a smaller bathroom.
  • It’s easier to clean – no more scrubbing shower trays or screens.

FOR RESALE

  • It can increase the value of your home, provided you install it professionally.

Any disadvantages of a wet room?

FOR YOU

  • Water spray! Anyone for a soggy towel or damp toiletries? A screen fixes this issue.
  • Expense – you’ll need a professional fitter to waterproof the room, to prevent damage from leaks. Tiling from floor to ceiling can also be expensive.

FOR RESALE

  • If a wet room is your only bathroom, think through the resale implications of doing away with your bath.

 

6 things to think about before choosing a wet room

Professional installation 

Designing and installing a wet room is definitely a job for a professional. They need to create a gradient for drainage on the floor, to channel your shower water away.

Geberit shower channel
Shower channel by Geberit

Here are the floor/tray options –

  1. Preformed sloping tray. This comes ready to fit on the floor, and you won’t need to tile over it.
  2. Ready-made shower former (the wet room version of a shower tray), which you will need to tile over.
  3. Plywood sub-floor. Fitted at a gradient, then you choose tiles to go over it.

 

Waterproofing

The entire room needs to be waterproofed (called “tanking” in the trade). This usually involves priming the floor and walls, particularly the shower area.

Choosing tiling

For lower maintenance, choose non-porous bathroom tiles like porcelain or ceramic. Marble and slate looks fabulous, but you’ll need to reseal porous tiles like these periodically to prevent water damage.

To screen or not to screen?

That is the question! Think about including a shower screen in your wet room if your bathroom is on a smaller scale, to prevent excess spray!

Frameless glass shower screen by Fired Earth.
Lily frameless shower screen by Fired Earth.

 

 

Heating 

Traditional radiators and towel rails are a good option, as is underfloor heating. It keeps your tiles warm to walk on, and also helps dry your floor after use.

How much does a wet room cost?

On average, budget to pay between £3,000 and £8,000 to install a wet room.

 

Check out Roomy Home’s bathroom inspiration board on Pinterest here.

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