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To properly answer this question, let’s first examine what a wet room consists of and what makes it different from a standard shower cubicle.
If you search online for the definition of a wet room you will get many variations in the suggestions but all of them will contain these features, or wording that suggests them:
While it does imply a bathroom (i.e. more sanitary ware than just a shower cubicle), nowhere does it state that there are minimum dimensions. In fact, a simple basic shower room with a toilet and wash basin could qualify as a wet room if the above specifications were incorporated.
If somebody mentions “wet room” in conversation, the picture that immediately jumps into the minds of most people is a spacious bathroom area, probably an image from one of the glossy home décor magazines. Glass screens restrict the water soakage area while contemporary accessories and fittings emphasis the luxuriousness of the space. It is quite a challenge to duplicate that total effect in a tiny space.
One of the distinct pleasures of using a wet room is the ability to walk around the entire bathroom and shower area, using it as a single integrated space. That does require a certain minimal amount of space to work well. However, a small space can be transformed visually when the basic shape lends itself well to the wet room concept.
In a typical en-suite shower room, the shape may be a very narrow rectangle with the shower cubicle at one end, a toilet at the other and a wash hand basin in the middle. There is not a great deal you can achieve with that layout. Removing the shower tray and shower door may be nice but delivers no great advantages.
On the other hand, consider a square shape where the shower cubicle presents an obstacle or intrusion of sorts – either a wall that forms the side of a conventional tile and tray construction, or perhaps a quadrant shaped glass construct in a corner. For example, a frameless floor to ceiling glass panel, separating the shower area from the toilet and wash basin, immediately opens the space up and brightens the entire area. This is an example where a wet room definitely works well in a small space.
Not every small space benefits from being converted into a wet room. Square shaped floor plans lend themselves better to a wet room than narrow rectangles. However, there may be compelling reasons, such as providing accommodation for the physically handicapped or some other practical requirement that outweigh aesthetic considerations. The fact is that any space can be converted into a wet room. The only question is do the benefits justify the cost?
We have written a very useful guide for architects and designers who are considering planning a wet room. Feel free to download The Architect’s Wet Room Design Guide – Inspire and delight your clients while avoiding leaks and common problems.
Japanese Bathing Meets UK Wet Rooms!
26th July 2018
My client bought a range of Wet Room Unislope Systems from our local retailer, Bathworks. We struggled to find anyone to come to site and take responsibility for the waterproofing until we came across Wet Room Materials. They were willing to stand over their tanking system and more than helpful throughout all stages of the installation from site survey and room preparation to installation. A 10 Year no leak fully insured warranty gave me the confidence that we were dealing with a professional organisation. I would highly recommend these guys and will certainly be using them going forward.
Steven Quinlan | Director | Citius Limited
I have honestly found, Wet Room Materials to be an easy and reliable company to work with. Whether it be a one wet room residential project, apartment block or a gym; they ensure there are no installation problems and we don’t have to worry about leaks. They take care of the specification and advising us on correct build ups and preparation. On a recent project we were able to buy their Unislope System p from our bathroom show room retailer and they subsequently came to site to tank out the bathrooms. It was a time sensitive job and The Wet Room lads worked through the evening and into the weekend to ensure we completed the project on time. I have no hesitation in recommending Wet Room Materials. They are a pleasure to deal with.
Noel Geraghty | Director/Founder | NGS Mechanical Services
In Bright Designs, we understand the importance of specifying a reliable waterproofing system for bathrooms. We have worked on a number of projects with Wet Room Materials over the years and I can honestly say that their waterproofing installation service offers complete peace of mind for us and our clients. The Wet Room Materials Team are there throughout all stages of the project from site survey and specification to installation. More importantly they also give us a 10 year no leak guarantee. I also like the fact that they will handle communication with the client and contractors in terms of delivering a high-quality installation which allows me the head space to focus on other aspects of the build."
Alan Burns | Director/Co-founder | Bright Designs. B Arch, B Sc Arch, MRIAI.