A modern wet room loft conversion

Converting a loft space to gain a modern wet room

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The property

A four-bedroom 1800s farmhouse with a granny annexe in St Neots, Cambridgeshire.

The brief

In search of more space for a bathroom to meet the needs of the family and to accommodate an elderly relative, the owners decided to convert their loft space above their granny annexe into a stylish wet room bathroom complete with modern fixtures and fittings, a neutral colour palette and statement features. The brief was to utilise the space under the eaves of the loft, while maintaining enough room for a large shower enclosure, basin area and WC, all easily accessible and practical.

How it was achieved

The owners hired a local builder to convert the previously unused loft space into a room suitable for use as a bathroom, including waterproof flooring for the wet room-style shower enclosure. The conversion project was straight forward and didn’t need planning permission so the couple could get to work on the design of the space fairly quickly. One of the first things to look at was the floor, which was self-levelled to ensure a level surface and to prevent water running all over the suite. Careful planning of the bathroom, taking into consideration the height restrictions where the roof is, meant that they could plan the best layout of the space. As the shower was to take up the most space, the owners allocated a corner to create a wet room enclosure where a full height clear glass screen would comfortably fit. A false wall was built behind the shower to hide all the pipework and to hold the shower fitting, while the wall also provides an outlet for drainage at floor level.

Although the shower area takes up the majority of the space in the loft bathroom, another statement feature was created with the sink unit. The slimline fitting features both a basin with chrome fittings and an in-built towel rail as well as a handy storage drawer which slides out from behind. The rich dark brown colour of the gloss unit provides a stylish contrast against the white and neutral wall and floor tiles as well as contrasting the blue/green glass mosaics. The sink was carefully placed beneath the eaves of the loft space below a new roof window which brings in plenty of natural light, maximising the spacious feel of the room, while also increasing the head height above the sink. For extra storage, a stud wall shelf was built into the opposite corner to the shower enclosure, which provides enough space to keep spare toiletries as well as decorative items and provides a place for a mirror. The stud wall was built primarily for the wall-hung toilet to be mounted on and creates a tidy finish with the cistern and waste pipes hidden behind.

When it came to decorating the space, the couple sourced the slip-resistant floor tiles and glass mosaics from friends and family who had no use for them. The metro-style white tiles in the shower enclosure and along the stud wall where the toilet sits were sourced from British Ceramic Tile and complement the white ceramic WC and basin, which were sourced on eBay. Smaller details like the freestanding towel rail, taps, integrated flush plate and shower were all chosen with a chrome finish to maintain a sleek, contemporary finish.

The costs:

Around £3,400 for the bathroom excluding building work and installation.