Ensuite bathrooms: how to design a luxurious space

Design a successful en suite bathroom by following these helpful steps.

By Hayley Gilbert | 22 July 2020

Discover how to create a private retreat with a scheme that’s entirely personal to you.

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A big advantage of an en suite is that it’s not shared by the whole family. In that sense, there’s greater freedom to create a room with a touch of luxury or a sense of style that’s just as you want it, rather than the emphasis being entirely on practicality.

Planning matters

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“If you are refurbishing an existing en suite bathroom, it is fairly straightforward to re-site a basin or bath, but hard to significantly change the position of a loo, because of the soil stack. Moving it is expensive, so always seek professional advice at the planning stage,” says Jane Gilchriest, director at Alternative Bathrooms

Wet rooms are highly technical projects. Installing one can mean significant building works to the floor and walls, and it really is a job for experts – absolutely not a DIY project. As an alternative option, look at some of the newer shower trays and enclosures on the market. These are less expensive and far quicker to install, offering the wet-room look without the technical worries of tanking and drainage.