En-suite bathrooms are no longer a luxury accessory, reserved only for wealthy home owners. Today’s modern homes come with an en-suite as standard and if you have kids, having an en-suite adjacent to the master bedroom is a definite advantage. So how can you get the most out of your en-suite if you decide to add one, or you want to give an existing en-suite a makeover?
The Benefits of Adding an En-suite Bathroom
If you don’t yet have an en-suite and are considering the pros and cons of one, here are a few reasons why adding an en-suite could be a smart decision.
- No more queues – It is no fun at all having to queue up outside the family bathroom in the morning while your teenager conducts her beauty routine on a go-slow. If you have an en-suite, you can roll straight from bed into the shower in one easy movement.
- Add value to your home – A stylish en-suite bathroom attached to a master bedroom will definitely add value to your home, as long as you have not sacrificed a bedroom in the process.
Attract buyers – Most buyers have a list of must-have features in their head when they go to view a property. Since an en-suite is considered to be very desirable, especially for families, you could lose out on a sale if you do not have one.
Space Saving Designs
An en-suite bathroom is typically on the small side, so it is important to maximise what space you do have in order that the room doesn’t feel claustrophobic. Luckily there are lots of ways to do this.
Fitted bathroom units will make the most of the space by hiding pipework away. Back to wall toilets have cisterns hidden behind panels and small, modern sinks are ideal for smaller en-suites. Look for units with a toilet and sink, plus storage space in one unit. By removing a sink pedestal and adding extra storage, you create more space. Alternatively, consider fitting a half pedestal sink so that the floor area remains clear.
A shower is a popular choice for an en-suite bathroom. Walk-in showers are a very modern option, but if you really want to push the boat out, go for a wet room instead. With a wet room, you can remove the need for a shower tray and create a greater sense of space. As long as the room is correctly waterproofed by an experienced professional, it is the perfect solution for many home owners.
Many en-suites are not large enough for a full-size bath, but if you have the space, look at a roll top or standalone bath. These are the ultimate in luxury and guaranteed to turn your bathroom into a high-end oasis of pampering.
Create the Illusion of Space
The best way to create the illusion of space in a small room is to keep the floor as clear as possible and use light, bright colours. Floor to ceiling white tiles are a good choice for a small en-suite. Cabinet storage and wall mounted sanitary ware is another way of creating the illusion of space. Lastly, don’t forget to use mirrors to reflect light back into the room.
Minimalist Design Ideas
Less is more in an en-suite, so make sure you include adequate storage for your toiletries. Glass shelves above sinks and functional, yet stylish fitted furniture will all help to create a modern vibe in your en-suite. A modern designer towel rail will also help to cement the minimalist look in your en-suite.
Start work on your en-suite today – it will be money well spent!