We’ve been designing and installing bathrooms and en suites in Bath for the past 14 years. Featuring quality fittings and finishes, here is a selection of our designs with tips and ideas for your own bathroom renovation.
A new bathroom is a fusion of ideas from a client’s brief and our knowledge of design and products. Using 3D visuals and samples, we show how the space will look and feel. Along with the bathroom suite, we arrange lighting, flooring, storage, heating and decoration. Once the design is agreed, we complete the installation using local trades and suppliers.
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 when planning your bathroom. For a family home, you should retain a bath for children and grand children, if for no other reason. If you want a shower as well, there are several ways to achieve this even in a small space. Below, you can see how we fitted a bath and shower and you can read more in our wet room design project.
Wall Hung Suites
For bathrooms and en-suites, we recommend a wall-hung basin and WC, because it gives the illusion of space and is easier to clean. Similarly, wall mounted taps give full access to the deck, so there are no awkward fixtures to scrub around.
Electric Underfloor Heating
Underfloor heating frees up wall space and provides welcome warmth underfoot. For a small area, an electric system will be cheaper and easier to install. A loose wire design allows you to route the heating wires around obstructions, whereas a heating mat is more restrictive; fine for uniform areas but less flexible to negotiate odd shapes. Both are set in resin with a feather finish to provide a flat surface for a vinyl floor; less of an issue if you installing porcelain or stone.
Think about the practicality of your shower for convenience with style. A niche is a neat solution for storing 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. A little more expensive than tiles, they avoid grout lines and are very easy to 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 on lighting options. We install at least 2 circuits in a bathroom design; one to give plenty of brightness for every day tasks, and a second for 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. But with some imagination, the pipes can be hidden without obvious boxing.
In the shower below, the short 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 Bathroom Wastes
Here is another partition that you would hardly notice. It acts as a feature wall whilst concealing the pipework behind.
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 specification.
- 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 a gas or oil supply, so electric heating may be the only option. When you hear of an electric shower, you probably think of a basic white box with scalding or freezing water dribbling out at low pressure. Rest assured that designs have moved on and for a little more money you can find some fantastic models. Below we used this slate unit with chrome knobs teamed with 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 installed a wainscoted lower half, which also acts as a spashback for the basin. All pipework is neatly hidden away with accessible isolators for our clients. Note how the wall-mounted WC makes the small space feel more spacious, because more of the floor is visible.
Bathrooms and En Suites
We hope you’ve seen some ideas for bathrooms and en-suites to inspire your own refurbishment. In essence we do everything for our clients from initial design through to final completion. If you think you need some help with your project, please read more about our bathroom design service.