Before and after: from tiny en-suite to supersized shower room

Enlarging their cramped and dated bathroom and ditching the tub finally gave the owners the spa-style super-luxe shower room they'd always wanted
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  • The owners bought their house knowing that they could make a big difference to what was already there and create the sort of home they’d dreamed of.

    ‘When we moved in, the house had a bathroom you really wouldn’t want to spend much time in, and a tiny en-suite,’ they say. ‘We were keen to improve the property, so we decided to extend the master bedroom and en-suite. We had a good idea of what we wanted the new shower room to be like, but in order to make the most of the space, we employed an architect to help us draw up the plans.’

    The pair already had a great local builder in mind to carry out the project. ‘We knew him before and had inspected his work, so we were confident it was up to scratch,’ they say. ‘He did such an amazing job.’

    The new en suite is much bigger than it was and, as it’s only the couple that use it, they decided to treat themselves by recreating a hotel spa look, with plenty of natural stone and mirrors. A winning bathroom idea to make everyday routines feel more luxurious.

    Supersized shower room makeover

    En suite bathroom toile and grey handleless vanity unit with mirror above

    Image credits: Future PLC/ Colin Poole

    ‘We’ve always liked Villeroy & Boch bathrooms,’ say the owners. ‘And as we’re not planning to work on this room again for a long time, we splashed out on our sanitaryware. We also chose gorgeous tiles that are different sizes, but all made of luxurious grey stone.’

    Rather than having blinds, the couple added opaque glass for privacy.

    Shower with stylish glass screen

    Shower cubicle with grey bathroom tiles and glass shower panel

    Image credits: Future PLC/ Colin Poole

    For a similarly fuss-free look, the shower fittings were kept very streamlined. ‘We looked hard to find a shower with as little chrome as possible,’ they say. ‘And we chose a glass shower enclosure because we wanted it to look almost transparent when you walk in.’

    Grey tiled shower rail with glass panel screen and tall chrome towel rail

    Image credits: Future PLC/ Colin Poole

    The one thing the couple had kept from the previous bathroom was a radiator. ‘Now it has a lot more space around it, so it’s more effective,’ they say. ‘And because everything else is neutral, we treated ourselves to bright hammam towels to add bursts of colour.’

    Savvy bathroom storage shelf

    Recessed shelf in grey tiled shower

    Image credits: Future PLC/ Colin Poole

    The plumbing is hidden by a false wall, so the owners built in a handy shelf for shower essentials. A great solution in a small bathroom idea where less on show means the space appears bigger to the eye.

    Bathroom vanity unit with sink and wall mirrors

    Image credits: Future PLC/ Colin Poole

    To complete the scheme, the couple added two mirrors to throw light around the room. ‘It’s a fairly cheap way of making the space seem larger,’ they say. ‘And it’s easy to get pieces of mirror glass cut to size at a local merchant.’ Just one of the many great ways to make your bathroom feel bigger.

    Vanity unit drawer

    Image credits: Future PLC/ Colin Poole

    This bathroom storage idea makes the space feel effortlessly tidy and organised. ‘It’s a luxury to have this much storage,’ the pair say. ‘We’ve got a drawer each, with the inside of one divided into sections for toiletries and make-up.’

    Mixer tap detail in bathroom

    Image credits: Future PLC/ Colin Poole

    ‘We love the shape of this basin mixer,’ say the owners, ‘and we’ve echoed it in the shower controls, so everything ties together.’

    The couple are so happy with their newly supersized shower. ‘You can’t keep us out of here now!’ they say. Testament of a bathroom makeover well done.

     

     

     

    This bathroom makeover originally appeared in Style at Home, July 2017.

     

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