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The Benefits Of Wet Rooms

Jun 26, 2008
Wet rooms are just the latest trend in the world of bathroom design, designers are using them to create a contemporary feel and a space in which it is possible spend quality time. Wet rooms are most suited to smaller bathrooms rather than large as they open up the space excellently, making use of every nook and cranny efficiently and effectively. As the penchant of homeowners grows for 'spa-like' bathrooms the wet room will continue to become popular. Creating a space full of ambience and style can not only give you pleasure living in the home, but can also considerably increase the value of a property.

Fundamentally wet rooms are bathrooms in which the shower is level with the rest of the floor. Aspects of wet room design including stylish screens and multiple shower heads to ensure the shower experience is luxurious and refreshing. Enclosed showers however do not determine wet rooms however; it is possible to have a large shower enclosure at floor level without converting the entire bathroom floor through the use of walls and screens.

Wet rooms can be especially useful if you utilise wall mounted appliances in your bathroom. By having a sink and toilet that are mounted to the wall and not to the floor makes cleaning a wet room a simple and easy task, all you have to do is run a mop around the entire floor in one motion. Installing wet rooms as second or third bathrooms is most advisable if you are planning to increase the value of your property. As the primary bathroom they can sometimes have a detrimental effect on the price as most buyers want a room with a bath rather than a shower.

There are downsides to installing wet rooms however. If you do not install wall mounted appliances it is likely that the time spent on maintenance and cleaning will actually be increased. As previously stated, if it is the main bathroom that you are planning to convert you risk harming the price of your property. In addition, if wet rooms are installed poorly they can cause disastrous consequences. The consequences of a leaking membrane include the rotting of structural timbers and water coursing through the interior of a property; neither is a preferable situation. As well as poor installation, the price of wet rooms may also put many homeowners off.

When wet rooms are installed the shower will not need any form of enclosure or screen. By utilising a single drain in the room all water will head to that point. The process of creating these floors is termed as tanking in the industry, meaning that the floor of the bathroom is completely watertight. As such it is ideally suited to small spaces where having a separate shower enclosure may be an inefficient use of space; although it is advisable to create a space for towels and toilet paper that will be out of the way of the shower spray. It is vital however that you should find a supplier and fitter that will do the job properly as mistakes made in the tanking process can be disastrous to your home.

So if you would like a bathroom that is contemporary, stylish and spacious, wet rooms create the perfect answer. The cost may be more than a regular shower enclosure but the benefits are certainly worth the financial payout.
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Interior design expert Thomas Pretty looks into why wet rooms are becoming an evermore popular choice for homeowners.
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