Adding An En-suite To Your Home

Have you ever wished that you didn’t have to wait until the bathroom was free before you could use it ? Well you are not alone! We all like our own space and more and more people are using some clever ideas to achieve just that.

Let’s assume you have a good sized bedroom where you are happy to give up some of the floor space to an en-suite. If that’s the case, you have already ticked the first box!

En-suites can be constructed in various shapes and sizes . The most popular is the three sided en-suite in the corner of the room. This makes the most of the floor space . An internal size of approximately 1.5m x 1.5m would actually make a very useful space. The shower is generally best positioned in the corner and a curved (or quadrant) shower tray is definitely the most popular shape.

Next to the shower on one side could be the toilet and on the other side the hand basin.. Your next concern is how easy the plumbing and drainage will be. If your drainage is at the rear of the property and you are creating an en-suite at the front of the property, is it still possible? The answer is yes! There is a clever device called a macerator and its purpose is to receive waste water from various sources (such as toilet, basin , shower, bath) and pump it to an exit point .

Normally the waste pipe of a toilet is quite large because it has to accept a large volume of water with ‘solids’ during flushing. With a macerator, the waste water is received behind the toilet and engages with a high speed impeller/ blade. This converts the solids in to a medium that is easily pumped through a small diameter pipe to a different location. The macerator waste pipe is generally no larger than 32mm (often less). This means it can be installed in floor joists or pumped upwards and over ceilings before connecting to the soil pipe.

You will need to seek the advice of a licensed plumber about this but in most instances there is not a problem.

if you are concerned about lighting in the en-suite because there is no window, there are several answers. The most obvious answer is to install recessed down lights in the ceiling. You could also incorporate an illuminated mirror or cabinet over the basin. Another clever trick is to use a solar light. These smart gadgets are basically a flat LED panel that is installed in the ceiling . Inside the ceiling space is a cable that is run to the roof tiles/ slates . On the outside of the roof is a small solar panel. During daylight hours, the sunlight provides the energy to light up the LED panel on the ceiling giving the illusion that the room is illuminated naturally.

You will need to make quite a few decisions with respect to the style and size of your en-suite fixtures and fittings but your local bathroom specialist will be able to assist you with this so that you can maximise the space. Wall hung basins and toilets will certainly help conserve space .

Once you have made the decision to go ahead with the project and chosen your contractor, you should have a beautiful ensuite in under two weeks. Then you will say to yourself “Why didn’t I think of that sooner” !!