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

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

    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.

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    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

    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.

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    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.

    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.

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    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.

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

     

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