In Australia, a wet room is typically referred to an open bathroom, where the bathroom becomes one giant shower effectively. Now, this maybe not for everyone but if that design is done right the wetroom can be extremely functional.
You may think if you only have a small space that a wet room may not be feasible. Think again…creating a wet room can make the smaller bathroom appear much larger, and small wet rooms are actually really functional!!After all, If your room is small it will open it up allowing it to feel and become more spacious and useful.
From all the years of doing these types of bathroom renovation especially in Perth, it’s important to note that everyone has a different tolerance for excess water. A few drips to some may be a deal breaker so this is the bathroom I am most cautious about. These bathrooms below renovated in Perth locations where all brief on the pros and cons below and it’s important to be cautious about this design. You don’t have to use a shower screen but even a small one I would recommend personally.
- It has an open plan feel
- Allows for a more efficient use of the space which is often more visually appealing
- Wet rooms can make small bathrooms appear larger and we all know large bathrooms tend to look more luxurious
- Great for kids, elderly, wheelchair access needs etc as there is no recesses and shower trays or tracks to worry about step over
- A wet room design is generally a lot more ‘open plan’ so yes, splashes and steam can go everywhere
- Waterproofing is a lot more costly and labour intensive
- Drainage and tiling of the falls is crucial and something you want to be done by a professional
- There are some restrictions on where electrical can go i.e. power points / heated towel rails.
OTHER IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS:
- The fall on the floor is crucial to drainage and pooling. The gradients need to be spot on to ensure the fall is correct and the water is channelled from the shower and you have the ability to drain the entire room effectively
- Sufficient ventilation is even more important in a wet room to ensure the bathroom is able to dry out. Ensure windows cross ventilate and have adequate extraction fans. Ensure the extraction vents moist air outside not in the roof space – otherwise, this will cause problems in your roof
- Consider installing wall hung fixtures (basin /toilet) to add to the spacious feel and free up the floor. Not only will this look more visually appealing but will make cleaning even easier
- For the ultimate showering experience consider ceiling mounted shower fittings, along with multi-directional body jets fixed to the wall and if the wet room is large enough double his/her showers are ideal
Wetrooms look amazing. They allow you to incorporate a bath and walk-in shower when possible. It’s for me the crucial part of the renovation the fact you don’t have to have a shower bath makes a huge difference. In Perth, we have a lot of the traditional bathroom that have a shower, vanity and bath below is an example of how you can maximise that space if you want to have big walk-in shower and the traditional drop-in bath
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