Bathrooms in our homes aren’t simply functional spaces anymore. The way that you design you own bathroom can come down to style choices as much as it can to practical considerations.
A wet room is a relatively recent concept for domestic use and for many people it can be far more than just a bold contemporary design statement. For someone who has mobility problems, whether through infirmity or a disability of any nature, the practical ease of access a wet room offers can make a real difference to everyday life.
Here are five things to think about if you are considering adding a wet room to your home.
Tiles are most commonly used for wet room flooring as it makes it easy to make a continuous sealed and water proof environment. There are also non slip vinyl floor covering options but these can often make the room feel a little industrial as they are often used for public toilet and washroom facilities.
A wetroom needs the shower area and surrounding floor to be formed as a continuous surface, with drainage set low to allow water to flow away easily. This means a wet room drain will often be positioned lower than drain of shower tray or bath and so the overall plan needs to be carefully worked out.
The ‘shower tray’ of a wet room is usually called a former and there are several different types. Choosing the right one is dependent on what kind of substrate you have; for instance solid concrete or suspended wooden joists. Obviously basins and toilet units also need to be chosen to fit with the overall design and the location of suitable plumbing fixtures.
The whole point of a wet room is to have easy access to a shower than doesn’t involve an enclosure and built up tray, making wet rooms for disabled people a perfect choice. The placing of the shower head will determine whether or not you need a shower screen. Larger open rooms can sometimes do without, although smaller spaces need more thought to make sure water is contained within a specific area.
Drying the wet room properly can stop calcium deposits forming on tile grouting in hard water areas and natural stone wet room floors need more attention to sealing and cleaning to keep them looking at their best.