80s to Elegant Bathroom Transformation

We transformed this customers tired 80’s bathroom into a bathroom room that can be enjoyed by all the family including the children.  Modern fittings throughout and improving the poor functioning water pressure have made a big difference.  The customer wanted to have a large shower as well as soak in a luxurious bath whilst listening to music played through blue tooth speakers 

BEFORE

This was a complex project, trying to make the best use of space, lots of pipework to reroute and the challenge of sloping ceilings and area of reduced ceiling height.  

DESIGN

The plan was to have the bath featured centrally with the door passageway so that it faced you as you entered the room, set with a large illuminated recess behind it and floor uplighters to cast some effective light and shadows.  The area for the shower was large and we explored the large open plan ‘wet area’ which measure 1600mm square, stepped up to get a good fall from the waste.  Where the ceiling was angled low, we packed forward the wall, pinching space off the depth of the room, but space that wasn’t really being used.  By bringing the wall forward it raised the lowest pinch point of the ceiling and we used this area to create a useful ledge/seating area, with a shower valve positioned so that the user could turn it on and wait for the water to reach the required temperature before entering the shower

The basin area could have accommodated 2 basins if required but a single large basin was selected – the unit has glass fronted drawers which add some shine and sparkle.  The WC was located discretely .  A bespoke shaped mirror then cut to the angle of the ceiling visually doubled the space in the room. 

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The room had underfloor heating throughout, including in the wet space which not only gave equal heat throughout but is a great way of drying a wet floor quickly!  Even though the underfloor heating was enough to heat the room, small towel radiators were added to service each area for warm towels with thermostatic radiator valves to regulate their temperature so as to not overpower the room with heat. We installed a 4 speaker bluetooth sound system to the room with multiple ceiling speakers for clear, crisp sound. 

AFTER

The result, an impressive bathroom the whole family adore.  A mix of dark and light, gloss and matt tiling with some plastered painted walls makes for a bright light, contemporary space, a far cry from its previous dark and tired past.