What are the advantages of a wet-room?
Creating a fully water-proofed wet-room, without the traditional bathroom barriers, and typically with free drainage in the centre of the room, allows for stylish and practical usage in rooms large or small.
Popular on the continent for some years, U.K. home owners are now beginning to see the benefits of a purpose built shower room rather than squeezing into a small shower enclosure each morning. Wet rooms are by the nature of their lay-out, easier to clean. There's no shower screen or tray to worry about and if you go for a wall-hung sink and toilet, it's easier still and even less cluttered.
A wet-room is super-stylish and perfect for creating a contemporary look. Smaller bathrooms lend themselves to a wet-room design creating more space and flexibility
So what goes into my wet room?
Your new wet room can have a glass screen incorporated to limit the spray from the shower or you can configure your wet-room with a more open design. The room can be as small or as spacious as you like and you can also incorporate a basin and a toilet.
Are there disadvantages to installing a wet-room?
A wet-room really needs a wet-room specialist to install it. The wet room installation, because of the drainage and the use of tiles or panels to make the walls water-tight, is generally more expensive than a standard bathroom. This is more so if the proposed wet-room is above the ground floor on wooden floors. A true wet-room needs all the walls and floors "tanking" to ensure there is no leakage.2>
In small bathrooms there are practical issues with keeping things dry. Although adding a glass screen could solve this problem. You really shouldn't convert your main "family" bathroom into a wet-room as this may dissuade prospective buyers later. Other than these points having the liberation and slick design of a designer style wet-room is definitely of benefit in any home.
Will the addition of a wet room add value to my property?
There is no guarantee that any alterations will add the value equal to the amount you've incurred making the changes but with a wet-room there is a high perceived value status, maybe due to their association with luxury spa hotels. At the very least, adding a stylish well designed and installed wet room will make your home more appealing to prospective buyers in an increasingly competitive market
Will I need planning permission?
If structural changes to the property are not required it is unlikely that you will need planning permission.