Retirement Living


Client Brief

We have had the privilege of working on many of the houses in Courville Close over the years, and therefore Mrs H brought us in to revamp her downstairs bathroom which had been unusable due to a broken shower and leaky pipes since she moved into the property 12 months earlier.

Although an active lady in her mid 70’s, Mrs H wanted the bathroom to be suitable for the long term so, having seen a neighbours bathroom which we had done 2 years earlier, liked the idea of an open wetroom should access become more problematic in her later years.

To make the room completely waterproof, we sealed the walls with 12mm waterproof wall boards and tape and did the same for the floor area around the shower tray. This time using the 10mm waterproof backer board, again from Abacus. Whilst adding a little increased expense to the job, the long term benefits of using this board rather than wood based alternatives is huge. In short we can guarantee that the client will suffer from no long term water damage to the walls and floor, which as many people know is both inconvenient and costly to put right if this does happen.
To keep the room easy to clean and maintenance free, we swapped the close coupled WC, with all its bends and open gaps, for a neat compact back to wall wc pan. We partnered this with a compact 45cm basin with semi pedestal and hung a stylish HIB mirror above this. I use the HIB mirrors in the majority of my bathrooms, as the inbuilt demista pad is a brilliant feature, particularly in small wetrooms such as these.

To make use of the awkward space underneath the stairs, we built a storage cupboard with shelving. To add that little bit of luxury and to importantly aid the drying of the floor, we installed underfloor heating in all areas of the room.


Products Used

Geberit Sigma Concealed Dual Flush Cistern and Flushplate
Britton Compact Back to Wall WC pan and soft closing seat
Ideal Standard Concept Space Arc 45cm Basin with semi-pedestal
HIB Liberty Mirror 40cm with Demista Pad and LED lighting
Smedbo Grab Bar
Ideal Standard Easybox Slim BI Thermostatic Shower Valve with Idealrain Shower Kit
Ideal Bathrooms Essential 1110mm x 500mm Towel Radiator in White
Roper Rhodes Grey Marble Laminate Worktop
HIB Cool White LED Fire Rated Showerlights
HIB Hush Inline Wall Mounted Fan
Abacus Wetroom Tray and Installation Kit
Vitra Elegant Antrasite 500 x 500mm Floor Tiles
Vitra Elegant White 400 x 250mm Wall Tiles
Vado Mono Basin Mixer
Thermonet Underfloor Heating and Thermostat