If you’re thinking about adding a wet room to your property, there are lots of considerations you need to think about, including cost, safety and regulations. Here’s our Simply Wetrooms guide on building that perfect wet room of your dreams!
A wet room is a perfect solution for most properties. Whether you’re looking to convert an existing bathroom into a wet room, adding a second showering area, modifying an en-suite or have a need of an easy access showering solution for someone less abled.
Wet rooms are versatile. They can be created in the most smallest of spaces where you would struggle to install a traditional bathroom. And when properly water proofed, they do away with a lot of the equipment you would need for a more traditional shower room or shower unit in a bathroom.
For example, with a wet room there is no need for a shower tray and screens, as when a wet room is created successfully, the water will all drain via sloped floors into a waste gully.
Perfect for people with limited mobility, such as wheelchair users, a wet room will have no “lips” or raised bases allowing a wheelchair to pushed directly underneath the shower without the need for ramps or complicated raised ramps.
Even if the wet room is not for a disabled user, then it can add real “wow” value to your home, and can help increase the properties values as well as adding other real advantages.
The Wet Room Floor – The Key To The Perfect Wet Room Installation
If you’re building a wet room from scratch as a conversion of a separate room or creation of a new room, then you’re going to need to factor in costs such as structural changes. The key to any wet room is the floor. For new wet rooms, this will involve the floor creation, whereas adapting an existing bathroom will involve levelling and sloping the existing floor to allow the correct drainage.
First select where you want the drain gully to be. This needs to be the lowest part of the wet room floor and the rest of the floor has to slope to that location so that the water drains away.
When selecting where you want the gully to be, think about where the drainage away from the wet room is, as you’ll need to plumb into that for the waste water.
As all of of the drainage including the gully are underneath the floor level, ensure that you have plenty of space for all of your plumbing needs, not only your shower but also a basin, wc and bidet should you be fitting these as well. Wet rooms are built for simplicity and therefore all piping should be well covered under floor level.
When planning your floor, you’ll also need to consider access to water pipe access to the equipment in the wet room, so make allowance for that as well.
If you’re installing an electric power shower, or other electrical equipment, you’ll need to factor these into the plans.
Tanking – Essential Water Proofing Of Your Wet Room
When you have the plans created for your floor, the next key aspect of wet room installation is the tanking (also known as water proofing). Water proofing is essential where, unlike a bath or a shower tray where the water is contained in a singular area and then removed through the plughole, in a wet room the water covers the room.
A good tanking kit is therefore essential to water proof your showering area. Here at Simply Wetrooms we provide two different types of tanking kits – a paint on tanking kit and a membrane type (our Orca tanking kit).
A membrane tanking kit offers advantages over a paint-on variety in that they are 100% guaranteed to create a seal. You can see where a membrane tanking kit has been installed, making it easy and simple to ensure that it’s been fitted. With a paint-on tanking it, it’s easy to miss areas or not create a perfect seal if not used correctly.
Paint on tanking kits also take time to dry, normally 24 hours, whilst also add labour time to the installation with the painting required. Membranes are installed and then can be tiled on immediately, a great advantage if you are time restricted and need to turn around an installation quickly.
We do provide both options as we understand that a tanking kit can be expensive, especially in a larger wet room area. You just need to make a decision based on your budget and the area.
Choosing Sanitaryware For Your Wetroom – Basins, Bidets and Toilets
Unless you’re installing a wetroom which is purely a shower room, then the chances are you’ll also need sanitaryware within your wetroom.
It’s common for wet rooms to be created in small spaces, so when looking for sanitaryware you need to consider the space available. Think about installing smaller units, with a compact basin and toilet which are wall mounted rather than having pedestals which take up room.
Toilets with concealed cisterns can also be used to save space.
We have a great selection of basins and toilets which are ideal for smaller areas, check out our full sanitaryware range!
Smart 1 Tap Hole Basin and Semi PedestalProduct on sale
Penthouse Basin and Semi PedestalProduct on sale
Barcelona Back to Wall WC, Soft Close Seat & Concealed CisternProduct on sale
Penthouse C/C WC Pan SetProduct on sale
Choosing sanitaryware placements in your wet room
When it comes to fitting your sanitaryware in your wet room, it’s important to remember that, especially in a smaller wet room, water is not going to be shielded in the same way as a traditional shower room or cubicle.
Although you can purchase shower screens for your new wet room, if room is at a premium, you may choose not to. Therefore, ensuring that your toilet and basin is not in a place where they will be soaked everytime you use the shower is important.
Although wet rooms offer that practicality when it comes to cleaning, the last thing you want to be doing is spending time regularly keeping things dry!
We offer a range of wet room screens ideal for any sized wet room, with prices starting from as little as £134!
Tiling your wet room
After you have your floor former, tanking kit and sanitaryware installed, you need to consider tiling your wet room.
Modern tiles provide a range of advantages, including being water proof (with a choice from resin, porcelain and ceramics) as well as range of tiles specifically providing non-slip properties which are important for your floor coverings.
Remember! Whatever wall covering you’re using, we would strongly advise tanking the walls as well. This is even more essential when your wet room is at the side of another room… the last thing you want is for water to get through into plaster and plasterboards, which could involve costly future repairs.
Other Factors To Consider
When you have go to this stage of your wet room creation, there are other factors you need to think about:
- Lighting. Often, wet rooms are created in a room where natural lighting is not possible. Therefore, having a strategy for lighting is essential. We always recommend discussing plans with a qualified electrician who can work with you to install spot lights and other light fittings, such as lighted mirrors.
- Heating. When installing a wet room, heating is a big factor. There are a few options which include having an individual electric radiator which is not part of your current heating system, a radiator which connects to your heating system or even underfloor heating. If you’re looking at underfloor heating, it’s important to factor this in before your installing your flooring and flat former so as to ensure that it does conflict with piping and drainage, as well as keeping it away from electrics!
- Ventilation. Wet rooms can create a lot of steam, and in a small compact wet room, it’s difficult for the steam to evaporate, especially if it’s a room that has no natural ventilation. Having a simple extractor fan can resolve this issue quickly and cheaply!
- Accessories. Adding accessories to your bathroom can bring that finishing touch and complete your bathroom. Simple things such as towel hooks and rails etc. are quick and easy ways to create space in your wet room. Check out our full range of bathroom accessories.
Do I need planning permission for a wet room?
Chances are, probably not. However, if you’ve got water and electrics close together, they may be subject to building regulations. Check with your installer to confirm this, and they will advise if regulations are in place, what you will need to do.
So how much will my new wet room cost?
The price will depend on the scale of the job. If you’re simply converting an existing bathroom, and not moving any plumbing or electrics, than installing a wet room could be relatively cheap. We provide wet room kits (floor former and tanking kits) from as little as £235, depending on your floor former size requirement and choice of tanking kit.
Rhino Floor Former with 10m Orca Tanking Wet Room Kit£492.25 – £561.78 inc. VAT
Rhino Floor Former with 5m Orca Tanking Wet Room Kit£389.89 – £458.59 inc. VAT
Rhino Floor Former with Defence paint on Tanking Wet Room Kit£257.76 – £326.09 inc. VAT
Marlin Floor Former with 10m Orca Tanking Wet Room Kit£555.11 – £690.78 inc. VAT
Marlin Floor Former with 5m Orca Tanking Wet Room Kit£452.75 – £588.42 inc. VAT
Marlin Floor Former with Defence Paint-On Tanking Wet Room Kit£322.90 – £447.77 inc. VAT
Factor in installation costs, and perhaps changes to existing drainage.
To find out more about how much your ideal wet room would cost, why not give us a call today on 0845 139 0385 or contact us via our contact page. We can walk you through all of the equipment you need and the costs involved.