A stylish en suite wet room

Updating their en suite bathroom, Jean and John Dimmock chose a contemporary, streamlined design with a wet room shower enclosure for a practical and stylish space

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‘Before we’d decided to go ahead with the project, we knew exactly who we wanted to redesign the en suite to our master bedroom,’ says Jean. ‘I’d visited a friend’s house, and was so impressed by the level of workmanship in her new bathroom that I knew we had to use the same company once we were ready to tackle our own en suite.’

The couple moved into their modern bungalow in 2012, after deciding they wanted to live in a more accessible, open- plan home. ‘Our old house had quite an unusual layout, in that the main living spaces were upstairs and the bedrooms downstairs,’ explains Jean. ‘It meant there were a number of levels in the house, plus the garden was on a steep terrace, and it had got to the point where we wanted a more practical, spacious layout.’

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The owners: Jean and John Dimmock, who are both retired

Having heard through a friend about a modern dormer bungalow that was for sale in one of their preferred locations, the couple jumped at the chance to take a closer look. They immediately loved the large rooms and open feel of the house, which also offered three bedrooms, each with its own en suite. ‘Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a buyer for our own house, so we were unable to proceed any further,’ says Jean. Several months later, when they once more expressed an interest in the property, the estate agent suggested that the vendor might consider doing a part exchange. ‘It was fantastic as it meant there was no chain,’ says John. ‘We agreed a price between us to swap properties, and three months later, the sale was completed.’

The costs

Fixtures and fittings£13,104
Building work and materials£6,642
Tiles (including tile trim, adhesive and grout)£2,199
Electrical work£1,652
Fees£1,100
TOTAL£23,597