Having an en-suite is like staying in a cosy boutique hotel – every night, from the comfort of your own home. So whether you are thinking of installing one from scratch or you’re planning on giving an existing scheme an update, there are plenty of ways to create a luxury look, without breaking the bank.
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The benefits of having an en-suite are that you get complete privacy and a space to relax and unwind after a stressful day, as well as your own shower for a quick blast in the morning – putting an end to queues outside the family bathroom door. You may not think you have enough room for one but it’s surprising how little space you actually need. Architects advise on a minimum of 0.8m x 2.1m for a shower, basin and loo and to do this, you could ‘borrow’ one end of the master bedroom, convert an old built-in cupboard or wardrobe, convert a box room adjoining the bedroom or think upwards and head up into the loft for a complete master suite conversion.
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Getting the practicalities right is key, so take professional advice on plumbing and extraction. A good builder will know what is and isn’t possible. Remember that any additional pipework can be costly so it’s always best to site the en-suite near existing plumbing. The new WC should also be installed as close as possible to the current soil stack and it does help enormously if there’s an outside wall. Ventilation is also required to satisfy building regs, so don’t forget the all-important extraction. Your boiler should also be able to cope with the extra output, but again, a professional plumber can advise on this.
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Now comes the fun part – choosing what to put in it. There are plenty of ways to make the most of a limited space. Fitted furniture will maximise awkward areas such as sloping ceilings, alcoves and uneven walls. Wall-hung sanitaryware and vanity units create an illusion of space, as they keep the floor area clear, while showers can be squeezed into all sorts of nooks and crannies, with bi-fold, quadrant and sliding doors that won’t intrude on the space.
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Cloakrooms are also really handy, especially for guests and children, who tend to come running in and out of the house with muddy shoes. The bare essentials will be a basin and WC, so you won’t need heaps of room but you can add on extras depending on budget and space such as smart storage, a vanity unit perhaps or a tall slimline pull-out, a stylish towel radiator, large mirror and task lighting.
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Space-saving solutions are also readily available – look for corner and compact basins, wall-mounted mixer taps and even a corner or short projection loo. If space is really tight, a sliding door could be an alternative to the traditional inward or outward opening version and you can find plenty of nice styles that are a far cry from the seventies disasters of my youth! If you’re concerned about how much to spend, ask a local estate agent what value an ensuite and/or cloakroom could add to the value of your home. It may be enough to sway you into making the investment. Even if you would only make your money back with no profit, think of all the time you’ll save with the extra showers, baths and toilets. Now that’s got to be worth something.
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