‘Wetroom ideas’ in your Google search history? Then you’ll love the gorgeous new shower room from Dickie Bert Interiors. Here, owner Kiki Cotts explains how she created it.
Wetroom ideas are a must if you want a breathtaking shower room. Kiki tells us how she and her family created theirs:
“Prior to the renovation, the space was poorly laid out and bland. There was a large storage cupboard and small landing next to the bathroom. When brainstorming wetroom ideas we had the vision to knock through to utilise this space. This lengthened the bathroom and made the most of the light and space. The shower was very small and at the wrong end of the room, away from the window.”
“We decided to undertake the project as, having renovated the rest of the house, the master bathroom was one of the final rooms. We wanted to create a relaxing but practical space to fit in with our busy family life. I’ve always felt the master bathroom of the house is such an important room. I was excited to get stuck in with the design and planning and coming up with wetroom ideas.”
“I played around with colours, textures and wetroom ideas”
“We visited a hotel and both loved the wetroom. So we knew that was what we wanted for the space. I created a mood board and played around with colours, textures and other wetroom ideas. I wanted to bring the outside in and green was the perfect colour. It has an emotive quality and the colour also symbolises renewal, perfect for a bathroom. I wanted the room to have a luxury feel to it, and what better colour than gold to accent the green?”
“I found a rich gold grout that matched the taps and shower, and the combination was perfect for adding that elegant touch. The room is narrow so I chose a zig zag pattern on the floor tiles to give the impression of a wider room, and we tiled floor to ceiling to add drama.”
“The process was not without issues”
“Despite all the brainstorming of wetroom ideas and preparation, the process was not without issues. The tiles we chose were very small so a great number were needed and as with all period houses, there wasn’t an even surface in the property. Our original tiler became overwhelmed by the magnitude of the job so we had to find someone to take over. This caused huge delays and ended up costing us extra but we were left without a choice. Our plumber was really accommodating and made himself available as and when we needed him.
“In order to prepare the area we wanted for the wet room, we used a levelling compound and installed an Impey wet-room floor membrane kit. We needed to create an incline so the water flowed into the drainage area – we did this by building up the floor around the Impey membrane then created a gradient around the drain.”
“The final space consists of a bespoke hand painted sink unit with twin basins, a toilet, a fitted shower behind a screen and a dip tub. We decided on underfloor heating around the sink unit which is a welcome addition on cold days.
“We had originally opted to just have the space as a shower room but I felt it was important that being the master bathroom it needed to include a bathtub. It was the right decision. My wetroom ideas paid off.”
“Only myself and my husband use the bathroom as the children have their own ensuites. In the morning rush, we often find ourselves using the space together, it works so well as a wetroom.”
“Play around with wet room ideas”
“My advice for creating a wetroom would be to be brave, create and play around with mood boards and wetroom ideas. Take inspiration from hotels, friends’ houses and magazines, and go for it.”
“My top tips when it comes to creating a wetroom? Do your research, plan the space well by playing around with different wet room ideas and create a budget and stick to it. Bathroom costs can spiral. Always get tradespeople to draw up an agreement in writing to include a timeline, a breakdown of costs and the final bill. I would also go so far as to get references from other customers if you’re spending a lot of money.”
Need more wetroom ideas? Check out Irina’s complete guide to wetroom bathrooms.