Refreshed contemporary bathroom

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Since buying the house back in 1989, we have done a lot of work to it, including creating a new family bathroom in one of the existing bedrooms,’ explains Mary. ‘The room had remained untouched ever since, so it was starting to look a little dated.’

Built in 1903, Mary and Kevin O’Sullivan’s Edwardian home has undergone several changes to accommodate them and their three children, now grown-up. ‘We’ve added a new roof and windows, a conservatory, completely rewired the house, put in a new central heating system and laid new flooring throughout,’ says Mary.

The couple also converted the original bathroom into an en suite for the master bedroom and it was at this time that they turned one of the six bedrooms into the family bathroom. ‘My parents lived with us for a while when our children were small – we found that we needed two bathrooms so that we didn’t have to fight each other to use the only existing one,’ recalls Mary. ‘As we had enough space, it made sense to lose a bedroom for the new bathroom. The original family bathroom then became our en suite and we chose to decorate both spaces in exactly the same style, with the same suite, same tiles – everything.’

Fact file

  • The owners: Mary O’Sullivan (right) who works part-time in education, lives here with her husband Kevin, a retired theatre manager
  • The property: A five-bedroom Edwardian house
  • The location: Wolverhampton, West Midlands
  • What they spent: The couple’s bathroom project cost around £20,000

Bathroom before work began

New bathroom scheme

Walk-in shower

Design details including bespoke cupboards

Creating storage

The plans also saw the existing chimney breast built out further to incorporate storage within it, accessed from the side, as well as a new mirror and shelving units. The design includes several areas of built-in storage concealed within the walls, where towels and toiletries can be hidden away. A wall-hung WC and vanity unit help to maintain a spacious feel in the room.

‘Where the ceiling slopes, a cupboard beneath it was used as a wardrobe when the room was a bedroom,’ recalls Mary. ‘It has always proved to be a handy storage space so we wanted to keep it, adding a small area of shelving above.’

The bathroom project has been such a success that Mary and Kevin tend not to use their en suite, preferring to spend time in the beautiful new space. ‘Despite this, the other bathroom is great as a backup for when guests are staying over. We’ve decided to keep a bath in the en suite, as it is useful – especially if we ever decide to sell our home – and I do use it from time to time,’ says Mary. ‘The new bathroom is fantastic, though – exactly the modern space we wanted.’

The costs

Labour£6,552
Cabinetry£5,160
Shower unit, digital shower and screen£3,204
Tiling£2,556
Heating and lighting£1,242
Accessories and ceiling£1,152
TOTAL£19,866