One becomes two!

We were originally asked by our lovely clients, Mr and Mrs B, to create a ‘wow bathroom’ featuring a freestanding bath, a statement basin and a large shower enclosure. However after listening to their morning schedule and frustration the family of 4 had with just one bathroom, we started to explore the possibilities of creating 2 bathrooms from combining the original bathroom and taking a little study area from the upstairs landing.
We worked out with some knocking down of walls and clever plumbing we could create a stylish ensuite featuring a raised wetroom for Mr and Mrs B, and a practical 2nd bathroom to be used by their 2 boys.

To create the ensuite we knocked through the cupboard area and the stone wall straight into the clients bedroom. We built a new stud wall at the end of the first window to ensure the ensuite had natural light (and to separate the two bathrooms). To allow the newly created waste pipe from the boys WC to get back to the original soilpipe we built a stud wall behind the wetroom and consequently raised the wetroom with a substrate to create the fall for this waste pipe. The stud wall enabled us to easily install a built in shower valve, fixed head and hand held shower, offering the clients the best showering experience, particularly as we were connecting this shower to a Stuart Turner Shower pump. As usual we installed a large recess in the shower area to hold shampoo’s and shower gels. As the waste pipe from the bathroom had to run along the side wall, back to the soilpipe, the left hand wall also had to be built out by 20cm to hide this pipework. We therefore took the opportunity to install a Geberit wall hung frame and cistern so we could install a wall hung pan. We also created a large recess above the wc and basin so as we could install a large bespoke mirror. Ideal not only for practical reasons but also for bouncing the light around the room. Both the shower area and the lower floor level benefit from the installation of under floor heating.

In the boys bathroom, we decided along with the clients that it was beneficial to keep a bath in the house. Therefore we ran a reinforced 1700 x 700 bath along the back wall. This gave us enough room to fit the WC alongside. As the water tank was relatively small and not adequate to supply two mixer showers on a pump supply, we opted for the Mira Galena electric shower. Long gone are the days when electric showers come in just the white plastic box! We chose the slate finish of the Galena as we felt it worked well with the Rainforest White tiles.
To give the boys plenty of storage, we decided to use fitted furniture, which enabled us to neatly fill the area between the door and the window. To give the bathroom, a complete luxury feel, we used a glass mosaic splashback behind the basin, below a bespoke large mirror which in turn was positioned below a lit canopy.
As is usual with our designs, we used minimal tiling. By using a gloss white paint for the majority of the walls, it keeps the room light and airy.

Products Used

New Ensuite

Geberit Omega WC Frame and Omega Flushplate
Laufen Pro Rimless Wall Hung WC
Ambiance Bain Akido 600mm Basin Unit in Chenarge
JIS Newark 1200mm Stainless Steel Towel Radiator
Stuart Turner Monsoon Universal 2 Bar Pump
Thermonet Underfloor Heating with Thermostat
Abacus Wetroom Tray and Substrate
Crosswater Mike Pro Thermostatic Shower Valve
Vessini Fixed 250mm Shower Head and Arm
Merlyn 10 Series 110mm Shower Screen
Hansgrohe Logis 70 Single Lever Basin Mixer
Treverkever Woodeffect Ash Porcelain Tiles 1200 x 200mm (Floor)
Vitra Rainforest White Matt 600 x 300 Porcelain Tiles (Walls)
Gemini Persia Mosaics 300 x 300 (Recess and Wetroom Step)

New Bathroom

Geberit Sigma Concealed Dual Flush Cistern and Sigma01 Flush Plate
Ideal Standard Concept Space Back to Wall WC
Carron Quantum 1700 x 700 Carronitted Bath
Aquadart Venturi 6 Bath Screen
Mira Galena 9.8Kw Electric Shower in Slate Finish
JIS Ashdown 1250 x 520mm Stainless Steel Radiator
Adora Fusion Mono Basin Mixer
Adora Fusion 2 Hole Bath Filler
Roper Rhodes Slimline Fitted Furniture in Washed Oak
Roper Rhodes Minerva Washbasin
Hansgrohe Focus 70 Basin Mixer
Treverkever Woodeffect Ash Porcelain Tiles 1200 x 200mm (Floor)
Vitra Rainforest White Matt Porcelain Tiles 600 x 300 (Walls)
Gemini Zambia Glass/Slate Mosaics (Basin Splashback)


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