We’ve been designing and installing bathrooms and en suites for clients in and around Bath for the past 14 years. Here is a selection featuring quality fittings and finishes, and offering tips and ideas for your own bathroom renovation.
We work very closely with our clients, producing 3D visuals and supplying samples for the bathroom design. The scheme covers everything; lighting, flooring, storage, heating and decoration. Once the design is agreed, we engage our trades and suppliers to complete the installation.
Clare and Paul, Bathwick, Bath.
Our bathroom is now not only aesthetically pleasing but ‘works’ – great lighting, storage and comfort. We would happily recommend Style Within for a hassle free project with great results.
You should think ahead 10 years to decide the sort of bathroom you want. For a family home, you should look to retain a bath. If you want a shower as well, there are several ways to achieve this even in a small space. Here, you can see one option in our wet room design.
wall hung suites
For bathrooms and en-suites, we recommend a wall-hung basin and WC to keep the floor as clear as possible; this gives the illusion of more space and is easier to clean. Similarly, wall mounted taps clear the decks for cleaning.
Electric Underfloor Heating
Underfloor heating frees up wall space and provides welcome warmth underfoot. For a relatively small area, an electric underfloor heating mat or loose-wire system is a good choice; a loose wire system allows you to route the heating wires around obstructions, whereas a mat is largely set in shape. Both are set in resin to provide a flat surface for the floor finish.
Features for a shower
Think about practical issues for your shower: a shower niche offers a neat space to store shampoos; a low profile or flush shower tray reduces the risk of tripping; a quadrant shower economises on floorspace in a small bathroom. If you want a rain shower, check that your water flow rate is adequate and that the waste can cope.
glass basin splashbacks
We fit glass splashbacks behind hand basins in bathrooms and en-suites. They are a little more expensive than tiles, but avoid grout lines and they are very easy to keep clean. You can have them in any colour you want; some suppliers will even print images onto the back of the glass.
Your electrician will advise yo on lighting options. We install at least 2 circuits; one to give plenty of brightness for every day tasks and a second with low-level lighting for night time visits.
Effective but unobtrusive storage is a must for a bathroom. Not only does it tidy away all your spare shampoo bottles and other detritus, it also allows you to “lose” pipes and wastes. The easy and cheap way of installing supplies and wastes is to run them on the surface, occasionally boxied in. But this can be disguised. Chat to your installer; be imaginative.
In the shower below, the short rear shower wall is actually a tiled partition with storage behind (you can just about see the hinge and cupboard knob). This hides all the shower pipework whilst providing substantial storage.
hiding pipes and wastes
In the bathroom below, the feature wall is actually a partition that you would hardly notice, concealing pipework for the bath.
diy bathroom design
If you are doing your own bathroom design, there are some basic things you can do to make the project a success:
- state your requirement – what do you need from your bathroom, including storage?
- write down what does and doesn’t work at the moment.
- make a montage of bathroom designs that appeal to you.
- research types and sizes of shower enclosures, sinks, WCs.
- visit showrooms, but remember that things will feel different in an open space.
- produce a floorplan to scale – could your bathroom door open outwards to make more space?
- produce an electrical and lighting overlay – is there enough light in the right place?
- confirm your decorative scheme – tiles, paint, splashbacks; obtain samples and create a mood board.
Having written your specification based on the above, you should then write a speification.
- obtain quotations from trades using your specification and drawings, making sure that they can do the whole job.
- ask the contractor to check that your water pressure is sufficient for a rain shower to work well.
- choose a contractor in whom you are confident and who you like – you will need to get on with them for several weeks.
Not everyone has the luxury of space so we’ve written a separate page on small bathrooms.
Not every property has the luxury of a gas or oil supply, so electric heating may be the only reliable option. When you think of an electric shower, you conjure up an image of a basic white box on the wall with scalding or cold water dribbling out at low pressure. However, designs have moved on and for a little more money you can find some fantastic models. Below we used this slate finished unit with chrome knobs teamed with the graphite tiles in this 70’s apartment.
It might be the smallest room in the house, but you can still make your cloakroom look special. In this understairs wc, our clients wanted a black and white scheme. We provided the separation using a wainscoted lower half, which also acts as a spashback for the basin. All pipework is neatly hidden away with isolators remaining accessible, and the wall mounted WC makes the small space feel more spacious.
Bathrooms and en suites
We have designed and installed bathrooms and en suites in Bath for over 14 years and are happy to share our experience. We hope you’ve seen some ideas here to inspire your own bathroom refurbishment. In essence we do everything for our clients from initial design through to final completion. If you think you may need some help with your project, please read more about our bathroom design service.