If you’re looking to upgrade your bathroom, have you considered the benefits of a wet room or walk-in shower? The thought of transforming your bathroom into a wet room can seem a little daunting but wet rooms can be surprisingly straight forward projects. You’re taking all the clutter of a normal bathroom away and replacing it with a large shower room with maximum space, an efficient draining system and a brand new bathroom to add to the value of your home. What we love about wet rooms and walk-in showers is you can make them as simple or as glamorous as you want or your budget allows. So, how much do wet rooms cost and what do you need to know before installing one?
What is a wet room?
A wet room is a small shower room, usually accessed through a conventional doorway or through an opening marked by an acrylic panel, much like a wet room a walk-in shower is a sectioned version of the room, meaning you have an area dedicated to free falling shower water, but also a dry area that remains untouched by the water system.
What’s the difference between wet rooms and cubicle showers?
The shower element and function of walk-in and cubicle showers generally remains the same, as in they both consist of a shower head, shut off valve and/or taps and a draining system. However, whereas cubicle showers are contained to a small area of a bathroom and marked off by acrylic panels with a doorway that form a secluded shower enclosure. Wet rooms on the other hand take up a much larger space, instead of your shower being a small feature of your bathroom it becomes the main feature and use of the room. This gives any bathroom a luxury shower experience. Wet rooms normally feature some shelving for storage, a bench or seating, floor drains as opposed to a shower tray and a large shower head often with an additional hand shower too.
Not to worry either! You won’t need planning permission for a wet room, although it is a good idea to check out some of the regulations for installation.
What’s the difference between a wet room and a walk-in shower?
We wouldn’t blame you if you’re feeling a bit apprehensive about turning your whole bathroom into a shower space! If you want the look and feel of a wet room but with the practicality of a fully stocked bathroom then a walk-in shower could be the ideal solution for you. With a walk-in shower you can have a large shower enclosure that you simply step into marked off by acrylic panels. Walk-in showers open up the space of your bathroom and give the space a modern and minimalist look. You can have all the benefits of a wet room without compromising on the practicalities of a bathroom. You can still have a sink, storage mirrors, toilet but with a whole new look and feel to your space.
To put it simply, the difference between wet rooms and walk-in shower is that:
Wet rooms are about maximising space
Walk-in showers are about maximising practicality
How do I know if I want a wet room or walk-in shower?
In terms of your bathroom layout wet rooms are a great choice because they give you maximum access to your shower or bath without wasting floor space. Walk-in showers are great for large family bathrooms, no more showering in shifts and no more worrying about water damage. With your whole bathroom space now being shower space you are fully waterproof!
What is the cost of a wet room or walk-in shower?
There are four main components to a wet room or walk-in shower, they are; you, your bathroom, the shower curtain or panels, and plumbing.
Turning your bathroom into a wet room can cost between £4000-£12000 with an average cost of £8000. The cost of the wet room renovation depends on the size of your space and what additional features you have factored into your design. For example, if you decide to install under floor heating this will rank up your final cost.
On the other hand, walk-in showers have a slightly cheaper price tag. For a prefabricated walk-in shower (including the panel/partition and shower tray) you can expect to pay £500-£2000. The walk-in shower is a great alternative to the commitment of a wet room, you get the stylish convenience of a wet room without compromise on the daily needs of a bathroom. The cost of a new bathroom can vastly differ depending on what you intend on filling the bathroom with, in obvious cases a wet room may be less furnished than a standard bathroom, and therefore you may expect to pay less on furnishing and smaller items, however a walk-in shower bathroom may see expenses rise due to needing to install additional walls to create your walk-in shower experience.
How to choose the best design for my bathroom
There are lots of different styles, colours and designs for wet rooms, with easy-to-clean porcelain laminates for example. The key to choosing the best type of wet room is to pick one that best suits your space, style and budget. There are lots of different options and designs on offer, but you can expect to spend a minimum of £4000 for a wet room, with differing costs as the project goes on. Wet rooms have lots of advantages as well as disadvantages so it’s important to take the time to do some research and see what works best for you.
When designing your wet room you may want to keep things simple, as it’s intended to be an entire washroom you may want to focus on a feature wall, however all the walls will be required to be waterproof to avoid damage to your interior walls. For the best waterproof solutions to bathrooms see Bathroom Wall panels or shower panels, these are a waterproof alternative to tiling your bathroom, with less mess & a longer shelf life.
How does the shape of my bathroom affect my design choice?
An awkward shape of your bathroom will limit your options when it comes to choosing the perfect wet room design. An unusual or curved shaped bathroom will make it hard to ensure you’re using every square inch of space, but if you can place the shower exactly where you want it, then this is your best option.
If you’re up for the challenge of transforming your bathroom into a wet room then you can look to the many manufacturers of wet room units for advice on how much your new wet room or walk-in shower will cost. Once you’re prepared to make the move we’d recommend you ask for quotes from more than one supplier so you can compare costs. The key to a successful wet room and walk-in shower is to take the right precautions and consider the addition of ventilation. A good bathroom with a wet room can make a major impact on the look and feel of your property and will add value to your home.