Wet Bathroom Designs
Wet bathroom designs are becoming more and more popular here in the United States, they have been very popular in Europe for many years. Basically, it is a type of bathroom that is designed to incorporate the shower into the entire room. It is also known as a walk in shower because there is no shower enclosure that you must step into. It would be much like a gym shower room, but designed for your home instead of made for multiple people to use at once. They usually have a very open design allowing you to take full advantage of being efficient with your bathroom space. They are a more contemporary design for bathrooms, and often considered a modern style.
Wet Rooms are a style and design trend that is more popular now than ever before, but it’s not just a fashion statement or a way to keep up with the interior design Jones’. There are a number of practical reasons to have one in your home. First, they can increase the value of your house. This is especially true if you install one as your second bathroom. Next, because you are not taking up space with a bath tub or a shower enclosure, it allows you to use the space more efficiently. If the room is small it will open it up and it will be more spacious and useful for your daily cleaning ritual. Moreover, they are easier to keep clean because it is more like one big shower than several different areas with cracks and crevices to wash. If you decide that you want to wall mount your fixtures, it will make clean up that much easier. Another plus to installing one is that, if it is done correctly by a qualified installer or builder, it will outlast a traditional washroom design. As you can see there are a number of good reasons other than style to have one.
Some Considerations Related to Wet Bathroom Designs
Before you decide to have a wet bathroom in your house, it is better to consider some things below so that you can know what you must have and prepare to build a wet bathroom in your house.
By having a wet bathroom, you can apply a statement ‘Big Showers Are Better’. One reason a house owner may consider a wet room is to save space. In a small room the shower tray and walls can restrict the usable space in the bath. By removing the shower walls there is more space in the room and when used as a shower the bathing space is also increased. Where possible you should always put in the largest possible shower that will fit. The wet room allows you to have a large shower in a small room.
Vanities and toilets are two things you must consider at first when you want to have a wet bathroom. If your wet room is very small try to have a separate toilet. Steam and splashes ruin countless rolls of toilet paper, and there is also the issue of a wet toilet seat which may not always be wiped down. If the room is big enough make sure you place the toilet as far from the shower splash zone as possible. Try to install a vanity cabinet with closing doors so that any stored items do not get soaked.
Wet bathrooms contain the splashes. Another ways to minimize the shower splash issues is to install high storage shelves for towels and clothes. Also consider using a ceiling mounted dump shower rather than a wall mounted jet. Alternatively, putting in a half tiled wall 1.2m high close to the shower will reduce the splash zone and also gives more wall space to hang fittings or even the toilet off.
Floor slopes and containment also must be considered. The fall on the floor is crucial for drainage and pooling. A fall in the shower area towards the drain will stop pooling, but also consider a second drain, away from the shower head, for those who shower vigorously. A raised waterproof lip at the entrance to the room also acts a second line of containment.
The wall cladding will need to have a waterproof membrane over it but on top of that the best looking option is tiles. If you don’t want to tile the entire room, try to tile to the ceiling two meters from the shower head and from there you can half-wall for the rest of the room. The floor should be tiled as well, as this will add to the luxurious feel and allow for under floor heating to be installed for even more comfort.
The next thing is electrical considerations. You have to consider carefully where electrical power points and heated towel ladders can safely go. All electrics need to be positioned out of the splash zone, and in a small bathroom this zone might be everywhere. Check with your local building authority as to what they will allow as different areas have different regulations.
The last thing to be considered before you build a wet bathroom is shower zone. You will need quite a large room to do this, but it does allow for more privacy if there are multiple users of the bathroom. Here a section of the room is walled off and the shower is placed at the end of what could be described as a wet corridor. Any number, size, and shape of shower fittings can then be added for single or multiple nozzles or bathers. Splashes will not reach the main room and the solid wall gives privacy to the bather or other bathroom user.
After considering all the items, now you can decide whether you are ready to start building your wet bathroom at your home. Wet bathroom designs will help you to have a more relaxing bathing session, so that you will have fresher mind after bathing.