Today, more and more people are deciding to add an en suite bathroom to their homes. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise since there are many benefits. First of all, if you have kids, you know how difficult it can be to wait for your turn to take a shower. But with an ensuite, you will be able to hop into your private shower straight from your bed. Not only this, but an en suite bathroom will make your home more suitable for having guests and increase its value. Still, if you decide to add one of these to your home, there are some things you should take into consideration. Keep reading to find out more.
Before You Start
Before you start a project like this, you first have to think about its costs. Adding an en suite bathroom to your home can range from a few to 20 thousand dollars. Still, since the space is usually quite limited, projects like this tend to cost much less than when adding a new traditional bathroom. When it comes to paperwork, in most of the cases, you won’t be needing a planning permission. Still, it’s always a good idea to check with the local authorities whether you should obtain some necessary documents.
The next thing you should think about is the free space in your home. The best way to do this project is to fit your new en suite bathroom within your bedroom. Interior designers agree that even the en suite bathrooms that are half the size of regular ones can fit everything you need. This means your new bathroom would occupy as much space as your closet does. This is of course only the case if you are opting for a shower instead of a bathtub.
Usually, walls are made by using metal frames, which means they can support things such as wall-mounted basins and concealed cistern toilets. This also means you won’t have to worry about installing towel rails and anything similar in your new en suite bathroom. If there is enough space, the wall between your new bathroom and your bedroom can be turned into a wardrobe. If the wall doesn’t reach the ceiling, both of the rooms will be lit more efficiently. A doorless shower design can give the impression of a larger space
Plumbing and Heating
Of course, adding a new bathroom to your home also means you will have to deal with plumbing and heating. First of all, you will want to make sure there is always hot water in your new bathroom. Today, there are different types of water heaters and it’s up to you to decide whether you want a hot tankless or demand-type water heater. It’s always a good idea to have professionals install these in order to avoid any mistakes. Also, make sure you always have contact details of a local plumber or basic tools for unblocking sinks and drains should it occur.
Even when it comes to spaces only you use, you should still try to make it look as trendy as possible. This means you should be careful when choosing tiles and bathroom features. Also, adding a mirror to your en suite bathroom is not only going to make it look better, but it will help you prepare for work early in the morning as well. When choosing your shower heads and aerators, it’s recommended that you go for low-flow ones since these are going to significantly reduce your bills.
So, if you have been thinking about adding an en suite bathroom to your home, make sure you give all of these things a thought. Only once you have worked out everything, should you start the project.
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