Adding a bathroom to a loft conversion or extension is a great way to increase the value of your property. Jeffery and Wilkes are London’s leading loft conversion specialists. As well as extra living space, buyers also want extra bathrooms. If you plan to add a bedroom in your loft it is definitely worth considering whether there is space for an ensuite bathroom too.
There are of course practical considerations. Loft bathrooms have to first overcome the problem of plumbing. As drainage for your toilet is normally built into the side of your house on the second floor of your property, your builder will need to consult plumbing regulations to ensure that the same drainage system can be created in your loft.
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Water pressure will also need to be considered. You might have to upgrade your boiler to achieve this as well as running water pipes up to the loft. When creating a loft bathroom, space saving and natural light will also be important factors. When consulting your architect, look at innovative solutions like some of the following:
Mirrors can create an illusion of a larger shower and bring in natural light from the windows or roof light
If you have a large enough space, a freestanding bath can make the room look bigger and more luxurious. Alternatively, it can work well to have your bath fitted under a sloping wall – you’re only going to be laying it in so won’t need much headroom.
You could get a basin with storage underneath it or a floating basin, depending on whether you are opting for more space or more storage.
Walk-In Shower/Wet Room
If you have a smaller space to work with, try building a walk-in shower or a wet room. You could add a level of luxury by fitting in a jet wash shower or steamer and adding a seating area. This involves ‘tanking’ the room so that any water run off does not leak into your downstairs room. You will also need to ensure the room is well ventilated with an extractor fan to minimise condensation on walls, ceilings and any sanitary ware
Include a niche in the shower. These make a great place to store shampoo and conditioner while retaining the space in your shower. They also look great fitted with lighting, providing illumination while you shower as well as a design feature.
Fittings and Fixtures
Focus your fittings and fixtures on the theme that you are going for in your bathroom. If you are trying to create more light and space, keep the colour scheme as light as possible and use the fixtures and fittings as an interesting feature to juxtapose the light against.
Tiles are perfect for bathrooms because they are easier to clean and keep moisture away from dry walls. But this doesn’t have to be their only use. In a loft bathroom, tiling can make or break the overall look and feel. How you choose the tiling will affect the illusion of space. If you have a smaller bathroom, using plain coloured tiles can create the illusion of a bigger room. You can tile the whole bathroom or just the area where there is a shower.
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