Post by Wetroom Materials
For many of us, our loft space is a dark and eerie room to keep the seasonal decorations and cob-web covered boxes of ‘stuff’ – but have you ever thought of giving it more of a purpose? Converting a loft into a wetroom is the ideal way to expand functional living space as well as adding value to a property; or even better, converting the attic into a bedroom with an ensuite wetroom (depending on the size of space you have to work with of course).
There are several benefits to having a wetroom in a loft conversion, but it’s crucial that it is installed correctly the first time in order to avoid facing problems down the line. The quality of the installation should come first, and this all-important rule should not be sacrificed to save costs or hit targets. Installing a wetroom is a job for the professionals – so if this isn’t you, then we highly recommend you find someone who is.
A loft conversion with a wet room is the perfect way to increase the value of your property. Houses with multiple bathrooms are attractive to homeowners, especially if it means not sacrificing other purposeful areas of the house.
Of course, an extra functional room in the house is always a bonus when it comes to converting the loft, increasing the number of rooms and making your home bigger. This extra space is likely to reduce the arguments common during the morning rush, with another shower and toilet for use in the household.
Some types of loft conversions don’t require any planning permission, especially if you are not extending or altering the roof space. It is important that you check you fit within the limits and conditions before you dismiss the application for planning permission, but generally, a loft conversion is a permitted development.
By waterproofing and tanking one of the major areas of your home that is susceptible to leaks and damp – the loft and roof – you are significantly improving the quality of the overall structure of the property.
Wet rooms don’t have many fitting and fixtures, which makes them extremely easy to keep clean. Instead of shower enclosures with framework and runners that are known for collecting grime, wetrooms are fully tiled with a single glass frame divider which is much easier to clean.
See our guide on how to clean and care for your wetroom.
As well as the practical value, adding a wet room to a property will give it a ‘wow’ factor – especially with a whole extra floor. This will improve your home by providing a stylish and sophisticated look where you can enjoy spending your time, and leave a great impression on your guests.
On average, a loft conversion that involves no structural changes to the exterior costs around half of the price of an extension. Extensions are more expensive because they involve constructing a space from scratch, but using your existing loft space means you can keep costs down whilst creating a whole new space.
If you would like to do more with your loft space by turning it into a wet room, we can help. We offer a large range of wetroom kits and bathroom products. We also provide a nationwide installation service with our official contractor Advanced Wetrooms – who will be able to fit a wetroom in your loft space.
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 WM | Wetroom 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, WM | Wetroom 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 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 WM, 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 WM | Wetroom 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 WM 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.