ENSUITE DREAMS

En-suite bathrooms are fashionable – and beneficial in more ways than one.

Creating an en suite bathroom in your home doesn’t just bring the one obvious benefit, it gives you a triple return…value, convenience and resale appeal. And, even if you don’t think you have the space, never say never because there are methods and styles to suit every house. “Customers’ needs are varied so we always find bespoke solutions, depending on the age and size of a house,” says Inspired Bathrooms & Kitchens Managing Director Mike Lloyd. “People should never be fearful that giving up a bedroom to add an en suite will mean losing value on your house because it won’t. In fact it will enhance the value of the property because it will make it attractive to an even wider market.

“When families buy a new house today, one bathroom is often not enough because they want their own spaces, so even if you have the best house on the road, if you’ve only got one bathroom your house isn’t as appealing. Add an en suite and the sell-ability increases.” Mike says there are three main options when it comes to accommodating an en suite bathroom. With a modern construction, dividing stud walls can simply be physically moved to create the necessary extra area within a bedroom. Or, where that’s not possible, existing rooms can be carved up to reduce the size of one bedroom in favour of another without taking away the overall bedroom count.

Alternatively, if the bedrooms are large enough and services allow, you could create an en suite within the existing space by adding a bathroom ‘pod’ in a corner, by running one straight along a wall or to the side of a chimney breast. “A corner en suite will usually be 50p-shaped and, if space is limited, you can add one by taking just 1.5m off each wall,” explains Mike. “That steps you into a shower, toilet to your left and basin to your right.

“If you go across a wall, you can slice off as little as 900mm in depth and 2.4m in length from the room, we have a galley-style layout and we incorporate a sliding pocket door so you don’t have a door swinging in and out.” Crucially, Mike says the key is blending the en suite into its new surroundings. “We do it gently and with consideration, so for instance we match skirting boards and coving or we’ve even created one behind existing built-in wardrobe doors so you step through the wardrobe and into the bathroom! “Inside the en suite can be as modern or traditional as you want it to be, but outside it should look like it’s always been there.”