A wet room-style bathroom update

Kate and Tony Miskin found a team with fresh solutions to the challenges posed by their bathroom space

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‘We used to live in a pretty two-bedroom cottage near our current home, but we had outgrown the space and realised we needed more room,’ recalls Kate. ‘For months, we searched for the right property, but with no success. What we really wanted was the house we had, but much bigger. Unable to find the perfect property, we decided to build one ourselves when a plot in the village eventually became available.’

The couple’s bathroom in the new-build house was fitted out to a high specification but lacked a shower and, over time, the Victorian style that had been so popular when it was first decorated had started to feel dated. Kate had her work cut out keeping the brass finishes shiny, and with grown-up children making regular overnight visits, an update was well overdue. ‘I had some clear ideas of what I wanted in the redesign, including a wet room-style shower and natural stone tiles,’ she explains. ‘I also wanted to keep the existing claw-and-ball bath; not only am I really fond of it, but it’s also made from cast iron, so it would have been difficult to move out anyway.’

Fact file

  • The owners: Kate Miskin, who works for a bank, and her husband Tony, who runs a haulage company
  • The property: A five-bedroom detached house built in 1991
  • The location: Near Hull, East Yorkshire
  • What they spent: The couple’s bathroom project cost around £17,000

minimal shower

traditional bath

New alcoves provide display space, and the existing cast-iron freestanding bath was re-enamelled to fit into the scheme. The Melange porcelain tiles are by Jorstone

Choosing the decor

Having initially set her heart on natural stone tiles, Kate found she had misgivings when it came to selection. ‘I had some concerns about the maintenance of stone. I really wanted this bathroom to be easy to look after and to stay looking good, so I opted for neutral porcelain tiles instead. They are a great match for natural stone but a dream to keep clean.’

During one of their many visits to bathroom showrooms, the couple had fallen in love with the design of an elegant backlit mirror hung over a Victorian-style washstand and basin. ‘The combination of the stylish, contemporary mirror with the traditional stand beneath is just the thing to bring together all the elements in our bathroom,’ says Kate, who set to work re-painting her existing washstand, which was then topped with marble and modified to hold a basin. To replicate the mirror unit, a timber frame was made, covered with a slim-faced tile and fitted with LED lighting around the perimeter. Jonny commissioned a local company to make a smoked, bevelled-edge mirror, which was attached to the frame. The resulting illumination enhances the texture of the snap-face tiles, edged in the same marble as the vanity unit top.

The couple describe the finished space as beyond what they set out to achieve, incorporating all their ideas for a more contemporary look with a design that suits the style of the property. ‘Despite all the initial trials with the installation, the right professionals gave us the confidence to transform our space,’ says Kate.

The costs

Design, fixtures, fittings, tiles, electrical work and installation£17,000