This small kitchen has been transformed into a stylish monochrome shower room

House layouts were made to be switched up
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  • One homeowner’s extension meant a change around of spaces, turning what was a kitchen into a shower room.

    Sarah Turner and her family were building an extension on a house they had bought back in 2018, overhauling their 1930s semi-detached house with a full-home renovation. ‘Absolutely everything needed doing, but we braced ourselves for the challenge, keeping the end goal of our dream family home in mind,’ Sarah told Big Bathroom Shop.

    The single-storey extension allowed the family to go from having one bathroom upstairs to also having a shower room downstairs. While small bathroom ideas are usually intended to compensate for size, this one was actually a lifesaver in a home with three children!

    ‘If money was no object, we would have done a double-storey extension and created an extra bedroom upstairs,’ says Sarah, ‘but you have to draw the line somewhere, so we extended out the back instead.’

    Shower room renovation

    Before

    Image credit: Sarah Turner

    Extending onto the back of the house meant what was a small, dated kitchen has now become part of a much larger space and allowed the family to include the much-needed shower room.

    The biggest challenge for Sarah was that they needed to stay living in the house throughout all the renovation work, with no kitchen or running water downstairs for over two months – and living without an oven for six months!

    After

    Image credit: Sarah Turner

    Can you believe this was part of that original kitchen space?

    Sarah knew early on that she wanted the shower room to be modern in style, since their family bathroom upstairs featured a more traditional design. After lots of browsing, she decided on a monochrome theme with white tiles and black fixings.

    The black shower door and tap from the Big Bathroom Shop were the first things she chose, with everything else built around those. ‘When it comes to my favourite bathroom product I’m torn between the shower and the tap, but I think the tap might just have the edge,’ she says. ‘I admire it every time I wash my hands!’

    Image credit: Sarah Turner

    The monochrome scheme has been given interest with a lovely bathroom flooring idea featuring small hexagon-shaped tiles. A rustic-look vanity with display space for towels is the perfect finishing touch.

    It may have been a long process but Sarah couldn’t be happier with how the renovation has gone. ‘My advice is to keep your eyes on the prize and decide early on what you’re prepared to compromise on and what you’re not,’ says Sarah.

    ‘It’ll be worth it in the end – even though you’ll want to kill anyone who tells you this when you’re eating microwaveable mash potato and going to the gym just to have a wash!’

    What do you think of Sarah’s shower room?

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