Before and after: a layout rejig creates a bigger, brighter bathroom
The owners stole space from the spare room to create their ultimate rest room
Things had to change in this couple’s three-bed Victorian house in the Cotswolds when their daughter came along. ‘The bathroom was very small and gloomy as it didn’t get any natural light,’ says the owner. ‘All it had was a shower, but we needed a bath for our baby girl.’
‘We decided to gain extra floor space by knocking down a wall into our spare bedroom and incorporating its window,’ she adds. ‘This would give us the space we needed for the essential bath. Then the rest of the layout was determined by where we could position the bath, as there was only one place it could go.
Image credit: Colin Poole
We wanted the room to be light and relaxing and feel spacious, so we stuck to a simple palette of white walls complemented with natural materials.
‘Be sure to double-check your measurements,’ says the owner. ‘I miscalculated the dimensions for the basins. But I was fortunately able to make them fit by installing them lengthways and now I actually prefer the look!’
Knocking down the wall into the spare bedroom gave us extra space and the light made such a difference,’ says the owner. ‘We spent around £5,000 on the plumbing, electrical work, plastering and tiling, but it was all so worth it.’
‘The room has such a calming atmosphere now and is the perfect place for us to unwind. Our daughter enjoys splashing around at bath time, too!’