As house prices begin to creep upwards again, many home owners are extending their existing homes rather than moving house. Turning a two bed house into a three or four bedroom home makes far more financial sense than moving. Extending, if done correctly, can also create equity in a property, proving a prudent investment of money.
Most new builds now come with a master bedroom en-suite, so it’s worth adding one in if possible to make the property super competitive on the open market when it’s time to sell. A shower room will usually suffice for an en-suite, reducing the space needed. Readymade shower pods keep the transformation simple, and decrease fitting costs and difficulties. Watertight and top spec, shower pods mean the rest of the room doesn’t need to be waterproofed.
However, if a shower en-suite is being planned, the family bathroom needs to be designed with a bath as the centrepiece. For families with young children, a bath is absolutely essential, so make it the focus of the space. Roll top designs have grown in popularity recently, replacing the 1980s’ corner tubs that are hiding in many bathrooms. Choose a type with side fixtures so two children can sit in at once without arguing over who has to sit at the end beneath the taps! To make bath time even more fun choose a Jacuzzi whirlpool bath, where even the smallest drop of bubble bath will cause cascades of bubbles.
Of course, as a family bathroom, a certain amount of splashing should be expected, so waterproofing the room is essential. With freestanding baths tiling might not be necessary, but the walls will still need protecting. Wall cladding is a brilliant alternative, making a wall waterproof without compromising on style. The Décor Cladding Centre has several stone effect cladding options, and something like a marble finish will suit a Victorian style roll tub.
The floor needs to be warm but easy to keep clean. Carpet is a bad idea, yet vinyl floorings have lost their stigma as creaky plastic, and are available in an ever increasing range of styles. Vinyl will fit any room and is super easy to keep clean.
However, it might be worth installing underfloor heating and making the floor tiled, creating an interesting contrast with the clad walls. Underfloor heating is also energy efficient and can remove the need for a radiator – leaving more space for storing the rubber ducks.
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