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A Step-by-Step Guide to Fitting an Ensuite Bathroom

The ensuite bathroom used to be considered a bit of a luxury but as the cost of home renovation has dropped and the fitting solutions have increased the ensuite has become the new design essential for any modern home. Here is your essential guide for creating your perfect luxury ensuite.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Fitting an Ensuite Bathroom | UK Lifestyle Blog

Seek permission

If you are adding an en-suite to your home and it requires an extension the first thing you will need to do is get planning permission, even if it the work won’t affect the actual boundaries of your home. This should be pretty straightforward but it essential before you put any plans in place for your new ensuite that this permission is sought to save time and money later.

If you are simply utilising other space from within your house no permission is required and you can get straight to the exciting bit – planning your new ensuite.

Make the most of your space

If you are creating your ensuite by borrowing space from another room the chances are it is going to be quite compact. You can maximise the use of the space by choose fixtures and fittings such as showers and cupboards that mount onto the wall, leaving the floor space clear. You could also choose to have the door open outwards to add more usable space to the ensuite or leave the door off completely for a more open planned look.


When designing the look of your ensuite there are a few things you will want to do. Firstly you will need to decide what facilities you want to include in your ensuite and whether these work with the room – a bath for instance may not be appropriate for the space that you have created. Play around with fittings such as the shower, sink and toilet to see find the best positions for the shape of space you have available. Then finish it all off with a neutral colour palette to give the illusion of space as well as keeping it looking fresh and clean.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Fitting an Ensuite Bathroom | UK Lifestyle Blog

If this feels too daunting you can always leave it to the experts. There are many companies offering complete design and fitting solutions either off the shelf or bespoke. You can have everything from a traditional wet room to shower pods designed and fitted for you.

Keep it light

Your ensuite will benefit from as much natural light as possible so you may want to consider adding a window, even if it is an internal window. If you can add a window it will not only provide more light it will prevent the room from becoming too damp and smelly.

If a window is not possible, consider using LED lights to make your ensuite look bright and inviting. You could put lights around mirrors or vanity cupboards or if it is safe add candles for a romantic feel.

An excellent finish

With the hard work done it’s time to add the finishing touches to your ensuite. Even if you have had it professionally designed there’s nothing more satisfying than putting your own personal touch to your private sanctuary. Choose accessories that flatter the colour scheme or if you want to really break the rules go for a statement colour such as red to really make your room stand out.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Fitting an Ensuite Bathroom | UK Lifestyle Blog

2018-01-08T03:33:16+00:00 April 22, 2017|Home Decor|

6 Hacks to Imrove and Refresh Your Bathroom

There are two main rooms in the home people usually choose when they are considering a renovation project. One is the kitchen, and the other is, you guessed it, the bathroom. You might wonder why this is. Typically, short of adding an extension, upgrading these rooms is the best way to add value to your home. It’s also one of the first rooms in the home that potential buyers will judge. It won’t be one of the first rooms they see, but you can bet they’ll be paying a lot of attention to your bathroom.

Does it look modern? Are the fittings old or new? Has it been kept clean? Of course, selling your home isn’t the only time that your bathroom will be judged. Guests will have a look at it too, and that’s why most people make it their priority for renovation.

6 Hacks to Imrove and Refresh Your Bathroom | UK Lifestyle Blog

But before you start looking in the catalogues and searching for ideas, you need to read reviews to get a peer based idea of what it will cost, how long it will take etc.. Bathroom renovations are expensive. If you’re going for the full overhaul, you should expect to pay nothing short of a few grand. That’s why we’re going to tackle the best bathroom design concepts, starting with the cheapest.

Add Some Accessories

Different accessories in your bathroom really can glam it up and make it look a lot more stylish. You might add some candles or incense. These will make your bathroom smell wonderful and give a soothing atmosphere when having a night time soak. I love this idea, and I’m sure you do too. The best part is that these candles will probably only cost a few pennies. But they’ll completely reinvigorate the room. Alternately you might add a bowl of potpourri for beautiful scents and added colour.

Other accessories can be added to the walls of the bathroom. For instance, you can buy some lovely pieces of pottery to hang on the walls for a little touch of decoration. Again these will give a touch more colour and look stunning if your bathroom is a light shade of cream.

Install a New Shower Pump

This won’t add much to the look of your bathroom. But it will make your showers a lot more pleasant. You’ll get a bathe that feels terrific with water cascading down your body. If you’re tired of your shower emitting a drizzle early in the morning this is the upgrade for you. It’s a little more expensive than the accessories we mentioned but well worth the cost, believe me!

Wall And Flooring Upgrade

How much this costs will depend on how big your bathroom is. But I expect it will be somewhere in the low hundreds. It’s the easiest way to completely alter the entirely look of the room without a lot of work. Don’t forget when you’re painting that different colours have various effects. If you want the room to look grander, try a lighter colour or paint the whole room a beautiful cream. Contrasting colours like black and white also makes rooms look bigger. Or, if you want your bathroom to be both comforting and stylish a rose red will create this effect.

For the bathroom floor, you may not have the money for a complete upgrade so try this. Add a layer of epoxy resin to the floor. It will give any floor the look of clear glass or even running water. The effect is tremendous, and it is certain to dazzle both guests and buyers.

Extra Class

If you want to add a little extra class to your bathroom without too much expense, why not buy and install a bathroom bidet? The bidet is a French device for use after using the lavatory. A bidet has been shown to be a lot more hygienic than using toilet paper, but that’s not why you should buy one. The bidet is a device that is always linked to wealth and fortune. Somewhat surprisingly, they don’t cost a lot at all.

Upgrade Your Shower or Bath

Or you could upgrade your bath. If you have a small bathroom, one possibility to consider is choosing a new corner bath. This conserves space and is very stylish. Other people prefer a vintage porcelain tub that stands on four legs. It’s entirely your choice, and it’s perhaps one of the most expensive changes you can make to your bathroom. Alternatively, if you don’t have room for a bath, you can upgrade your shower enclosure for a quick refresh, which will give your bathroom a completely different look.

Steam And Clean

Then again, if you have it in your budget, and you want to make a big change add a sauna. A good sauna installation will cost just over a thousand, but it’s worth it and something I’m currently considering This will add tremendous value to your house and do wonders for your skin whenever you use it. It might be the most expensive option on this list, but it’s certainly one of the best. It’s likely to save me money in the long run, considering the amount of spa days I go on!

2018-01-08T03:33:32+00:00 March 12, 2017|Home Decor|

5 ways fixtures can give your small bathroom a boost

When you buy the house of your dreams, it’s usually the living room, kitchen and bedrooms that receive the most attention. If you don’t like the look of a bathroom suite, it’s easy to say: “when we move in we’ll change it”. However, when it finally comes to the re-design and it doesn’t feel like you have much space to play with, what do you do? Hopefully, today’s post should give you a few ideas on how the fixtures and fittings themselves can play a huge part in giving you that spacious feeling in a tighter bathroom. 

5 ways fixtures can give your small bathroom a boost | UK Lifestyle Blog

Walk-in shower enclosures

These are a fantastic space-saving solution, but they’re so sleek and stylish that I’d recommend installing one even if you have a huge bathroom. There are dozens of different types of shower enclosures you can choose from too, so you’re bound to find one that fits in with the overall look you’re trying to achieve. To increase the feeling of space even more, use the same tile across the whole room, with limited trimming on the shower itself. 

Wall-mounted toilets

The common problem with fitting the toilet is that it’s a bulky item, and you need to allocate space for the central pedestal and water tank. However, wall-mounted toilets conceal all of this behind the wall, so if you have the capacity to do this, it creates a far cleaner and contemporary look – you can even have the flush button ‘flush’ against the wall.  

Box-off your sink

Most people think that the only way to save space with sinks is to opt for tiny water closet sinks or corner styles, but this isn’t the case. Instead of saving space, think about using the space of a normal-sized sink in a different way. Have a unit built in around the lower section of the sink to be used as storage for towels and toiletries. It won’t take up any more room, but it will have a huge impact on practicality.

Or be unconventional

If you don’t want to go with traditional, then don’t! There are far better shapes conducive to the space available that the sharp edges of a box. Rectangular areas can be difficult to incorporate into small spaces, so instead, swap the corners for curves. Go with ovals and tear-dropped shapes, so that the sink unit glides in and out of the wall. It will look stunning, and save on square feet. 

Don’t be afraid of ‘custom-made’

If you have any recessed areas in your bathroom that you’re having difficulty finding a use for, it could be worth investing in a custom-designed unit. You have to maximise on the space that’s available and make it work for you and your family. It could be anything from shelves to full units, but if it’s tailor-made for a space that would otherwise be left completely bare, it’s unlikely you’ll ever remove it, making it worth the initial cost.

Do you have any more space-saving tips for readers?

2018-01-08T03:33:36+00:00 January 8, 2017|Home Decor|
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