14 Aug Ensuite Bathrooms – Our Guide
Installing an en suite in your home to add value is a solid idea that’s been around for many years, and the fact of the matter remains: adding an ensuite to your home will add value. If you’ve been thinking about installing an ensuite in your home but are worried that you don’t have the space or ideas, read on for a little helpful guidance…
If Space is your Concern…
A clever way to create enough space for an en suite is to shave some off a bedroom or bedrooms (depending on the layout of your home). If you struggle with technical drawing or planning, it’s a good idea to consult a professional bathroom installers for help. Here at Bespoke Bathrooms, we offer a no obligation, no fee consultation for potential customers as well as a site visit. If you’re happy with what we have to say and we all agree we’re the right fit, then we can also offer a professional bathroom design service at a nominal fee. That way, you get to see your potential new ensuite bathroom, drawn clearly in all its glory.
Choose Furniture and Sanitaryware that Complement the Space you have…
If you the space you have is small, it’s important not to overcrowd it with bulky furniture. There are so much slimline, cleverly designed shower cubicles and vanity units out there that fit beautifully into a compact space; you just need to ensure you leave enough space so that the function of the fittings aren’t impeded (nobody likes a shower door that gets wedged against the toilet) as well as to move around. Wall hung toilets and sinks and clever storage are also a must for any small space.
If you already have quite a large space to work with, you can be a bit more relaxed with regards to the fittings you choose. However, it’s still a good idea to keep the ‘look’ neutral and simple as a large ensuite will still only usually be the size of a small family bathroom and anything ‘busy’ will crowd the space.
Lighting (natural and man made)
Good lighting is essential in any bathroom, but especially in an ensuite, which doesn’t always have a window.
Check with your architect or bathroom designer whether there’s a way you can install a window into your ensuite: Natural light is the best way to open up a room. This could even be in the form of a skylight or a panel, if a standard window cannot be installed.
If your ensuite is still too dark even with a window (or not), then installing good lighting is really important. Use a variation of soft lighting, such as downlighters and lamps, rather than one solitary lightbulb, as this will cast shadows and make your ensuite seem dark and uninviting.
If you’re lucky enough to have a large ensuite, then you have the freedom to be bolder with your colour choices. Paint one wall a dark, moody blue and adorn with gold mirrors to make a statement.
If your space is small, neutral, light colours are the best way forward. This doesn’t have to mean boring, however, as you can add touches of colour and personality in the form of mirrors, accessories and perhaps a piece of art (depending on the wall space you have). Plants are also a fantastic way to inject something a little different as well as creating a relaxing atmosphere.
Ensure Proper Ventilation
All bathrooms need good ventilation, but this is especially important in ensuites that have no windows.
Ensure your bathroom installers fits a good quality bathroom extractor fan, which will help keep it free of harmful mould and mildew. Ensure it stays in top working order by cleaning it once a month (see our guide).
Good luck with your ensuite bathroom installation!