Before and after: from spare room to bathroom, see how this family gained luxury by giving up space

Take one spare bedroom and two tiny bathrooms, knock them all together and what have you got? A beautiful, spacious bathroom, that's what.

white wooden cabinet with mirror
(Image credit: Futuer PLC / Claire Lloyd Davies)

With two small bathrooms located one next to the other, but neither really suitable for a busy family home, the couple who own this house knew they needed to do something to fix their bathroom woes. They had big plans to extend out on to a flat roof, but when planning permission was denied they decided to do something drastic - sacrifice a spare room, and knock that together with the two miniscule bathroom areas.

white ceramic sink near white ceramic bathtub

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Claire Lloyd Davies)

They chose the bath first, then found traditional-style basins and a loo, followed by a shower fixture and enclosure that worked with all of the other elements. Period details - such as the wall panelling and metro tiles - add texture and fit beautifully with the Victorian house's heritage, while a vintage corner cabinet provides storage and character.

Shopping list

Bath, £649

Mixer taps, £209

Radiator, £329

Shower enclosure, £649

Basins, £139 each, all Bathstore

Metro tiles, £32.50 per sq m, Topps Tiles

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Paint, £55 for 2.5l, Farrow & Ball

Mirror, £195, John Lewis

Floor tiles, £39.89 per sq m, Topps Tiles

Maximising space was at the forefront of the design decisions here, so every advantage is taken - the under-sink towel rails and vast wall mirror, are a perfect example.

white ceramic sink beside white ceramic toilet bowl

(Image credit: Future PLC/Claire Lloyd Davies)

As the first item that the owners chose for their new bathroom, the claw-foot bath influenced the way that the rest of the space was decorated and finished. Raising the bath on claw feet does more than add a classic period touch, it's also a great design trick that enhances the feeling of space by increasing the visible floor area.

white ceramic bathtub with stainless steel faucet

(Image credit: Future PLC /Claire Lloyd Davies)

Two basins give the couple who own this house a vanity area each. Slim shelves have enough space for the essentials, but not so much that they look cluttered. The neat chrome rails keeps everything in place, too.

white ceramic sink with faucet

(Image credit: Future PLC/Claire Lloyd Davies)

Blue metro tiles were used to zone the shower area while toning in with the dark colours used throughout the rest of the bathroom space - chosen because the room was now large enough to handle deep heritage tones without appearing smaller. A barely-there shower screen means that the chrome heritage-style fittings stand out.

stainless steel faucet turned off

(Image credit: Future PLC/Claire Lloyd Davies)

The owners love their new bathroom, and so do we. It was absolutely worth giving up a spare bedroom for this luxurious space.

Thea Babington-Stitt
Assistant Editor

Thea Babington-Stitt is the Assistant Editor for Ideal Home. Thea has been working across some of the UK’s leading interiors titles for nearly 10 years. 

She started working on these magazines and websites after graduating from City University London with a Masters in Magazine Journalism. Before moving to Ideal Home, Thea was News and Features Editor at Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc and Country Homes & Interiors.