Before and after: separating the bath and shower creates a luxury bathroom

A designer found space for a bath and a shower cubicle, without making the room feel cramped

bathroom renovated with printed tiled flooring white window and bathtub
(Image credit: David Parmiter)

The bathroom wasn’t working for the family living in this five-bedroom Edwardian semi in Hove, near Brighton. 'With the over-bath shower, we always ended up with water all over the floor,' says the owner. 'We needed a separate shower, but I couldn’t work out how to fit one in. I also didn’t want any pipework to be visible, even if it meant reconfiguring the plumbing.'

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The owner found The Brighton Bathroom Company online and liked its gallery of projects. 'The company’s designer visited and quickly tuned in to what I wanted,' she explains. 'She sourced the elegant ball-and-claw-foot bath, which was our starting point, for a good price.'

bathroom with white walls and printed tiled flooring

(Image credit: David Parmiter)

Avril swapped an over-bath shower for a roll-top tub and a walk-in shower positioned where the basin and towel rail used to be. ‘The new layout has made the room feel twice the size,’ she says.

‘I wanted the room to be modern, but it had to relate to the house’s Edwardian character,' says the owner. Her dream roll-top bath is integral to the scheme.

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Buy now: JIG Bisley cast-iron bath, £1,056, 
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Buy now: Bath painted in Farrow & Ball Railings estate eggshell, 
£60 for 2.5ltrs, B&Q
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bathroom with white tiled walls and printed tiled flooring

(Image credit: David Parmiter)

A platform defines the shower area and hides all the pipework. The loo was slotted in next to the shower, separated by a barely-there glass partition. Its frameless design keeps the look open.

I would never have thought about having a sound system installed, but the designer suggested it and now 
I spend many happy hours relaxing in the bath with my favourite music filling the room!

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Buy now: Ionic by Merlyn walk-in wet room clear glass panels, from £258, Victorian Plumbing


bathroom with led lamps and printed tiled flooring

(Image credit: David Parmiter)

‘I wanted a statement feature, so chose patterned floor tiles,’ says the owner. ‘Although the design is bold, 
the muted colour means it doesn’t overwhelm the room.’ LED lights
the step at night-time.

bathroom with printed tiled walls glass jar and bottle

(Image credit: David Parmiter)

The floor tiles have also been used to finish the recess in the shower.

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Enquire online: Cement tile Mod. 229, from £60 per sq m, Demosaica

room with curved tap white sink and glass bottle

(Image credit: David Parmiter)

Wall-mounted taps keep the washstand surface free for daily essentials.

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Buy now: Vado Kensington wall-mounted  three-hole basin mixer tap in chrome and black, £252.20, QS Supplies 
Buy now: Mirins Copenhagen Aromotherapy hand wash, £15, Life Story

bathroom with printed tiled flooring and white bathtub

(Image credit: David Parmiter)

Another inspiring makeover: Before and after: switching things around in this bathroom made space for a shower

The project took five weeks and cost £11,286. 'We had some problems laying the underfloor heating because of existing pipework, but generally the project went very smoothly,' says the owner.

'It's the one room in the house with a lock 
on the door, so with music and candles 
it’s an oasis for me!'

Thea Babington-Stitt
Managing Editor

Thea Babington-Stitt is the Managing Editor for Ideal Home. Thea has been working across some of the UK’s leading interiors titles for around 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.