7 tips to consider when adding an en suite

These days many potential buyers consider at least one en suite bathroom a must-have for the master bedroom. However, if you’re looking to add an en suite to one of your bedrooms you don’t want to fall into the trap of just adding any old shower enclosure in an unused airing cupboard. You want the en suite to be attractive and seem as spacious as possible so that it gets the use it deserves. Here are 7 top tips to consider when planning your en suite addition:

1 – Water & Drainage

It’s important to check your water supply and drainage accessibility – If you cannot access the main soil pipe then you will need to install a macerator thus increasing the overall cost of your installation. If at all possible, you should look to back your en suite onto an existing bathroom so that you have easy access to supplies and drainage points:

2 – Electrics & Pipework

Be sure to plan all pipework and electricity supply cables carefully, ensuring that they are well hidden whenever possible. Be sure to utilise your ceiling or under floor space if you have it, as exposed pipework and cabling can instantly make a small space look overcrowded. En suites are generally small to begin with, so look to gain space wherever you can!

3 – Ventilation

Remember that ventilation is now a Building Regs requirement. When planning anything within a small space, it’s important to implement good ventilation to ensure plenty of fresh air is circulated throughout the room.  This prevents any build up of mould and ensures the keeps the space feeling comfortable.

4 – Insulation

Be sure to insulate the entire area properly to prevent condensation, especially if the en suite has one wall as an outer brick wall. This will also help to keep the area feeling warmer and more enjoyable to use, especially in the upcoming colder winter months!

5 – Minimalistic Design

When consider what furniture and bathroom equipment you will be using in the en suite, look to keep your design minimal and maximise the available space.  This can be achieved by using all glass shower enclosures with low profile trays, small hand basins with vanity storage below, and wall mounted toilets.

6 – Colour & Light

The average en suite stands at around 2.5m so space isn’t something most of us have in abundance. Look to utilise a single colour scheme so the eye doesn’t become distracted, and utilise mirrors and decorative spot lights wherever possible. A large mirror covering one wall can instantly create the feeling of space, whilst a window can bring in all important natural light.

Never underestimate the importance of natural light!

Never underestimate the importance of natural light!

7 – Be Creative

Not every en suite addition needs to be limited to a small space added to your master bedroom. Of course, the toilet area needs to be private but other additions can potentially be placed in the bedroom area. Why not consider a freestanding bath at the end of the bed, or even a sealed freestanding shower cabin mounted in one corner. The options you have with the suppliers available these days is endless.

Inspired? Start planning your en suite today, and if there’s anything else worth mentioning just leave us a comment below!

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