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Top tips for installing an en suite

There are a number of ways that you can make improvements to your home. Adding an en suite can be a very practical solution to the mad morning rush. It can also be great for when you have guests. Or if you’ve had enough of taking a trip across the landing to the bathroom in the middle of the night!

En suites are often squeezed into small spaces so it can take a little planning to make sure you’re making the best use of the space available. Make sure you seek advice from a professional at the planning stage to avoid regrets later on.

The total cost for an en suite is made up from the cost of materials, labour cost and VAT. These costs vary depending on the size and quality of the suite you choose. We will explore some options later in this article.

Benefits of having an en suite

Master bedrooms with en suites are becoming a common addition to any family home. Many new builds come with an en suite as standard and more and more people are choosing to install one in their homes. Once you’ve had one, you’ll never want to be without one again! Here’s why:

  • Additional space. If you have a growing family I’m sure you know the struggle of getting everyone up, ready and out of the door on time in the mornings! Having an en suite provides extra facilities for you to get ready whilst your children are arguing over who gets in the shower first.
  • It feels like a little bit of luxury in your bedroom.
  • It’s more convenient for those midnight toilet trips.
  • The addition of an en suite can add value to your home.

How much does an en suite cost?

I’m sure you can guess the answer to this one: it depends! There are a few factors that will influence the cost of your new en suite. The size of the room, your current configuration and the quality of the fixtures and fittings you choose.

As a very general overview, adding an en suite can be done in 1-2 weeks and cost from as little as £4,000 + VAT. Having one could add as much as 5% to the value of your home if done well.

How to plan for an en suite

Where will you put it?

First of all, you need to know where you going to put your en suite. Most commonly, cupboards and built in wardrobes are replaced with an en suite bathroom and these tend to work well. Maybe you will even take space from another bedroom, or in fact the whole of the box bedroom. Consider the space you’re losing. If you do put an en suite in place of a bedroom, make sure you weigh up which would give your house more value: the extra bedroom or an en suite.

If you do have a box room or small spare bedroom which doesn’t see many guests, it will probably make more sense for you to convert it to an en suite as you will get more use out of it.

What size space do you need?

As a guide you need to have a space that is at least 0.8 x 2m to accommodate a shower, basin and toilet.

If the space available is limited there are a few great ways to make the most of the space you do have:

  • Choose a basin that is wall mounted. The extra floor space underneath will create the feeling of a larger room
  • Choose a short projection toilet
  • Choose space-saving sanitary ware like corner showers and corner basins. When choosing a compact shower, though, make sure it is still comfortable to shower in otherwise you will be adding an en suite that won’t be used.
  • If you’re having a shower installed in your en suite, opt for one with sliding and frameless doors. The sliding doors save space and having no frames will create the feeling of a bigger shower.
  • Pop a mirror above the sink. It will reflect light around the room and make it feel larger.
  • Use light coloured tiles.
  • You could chose between the shower or toiler, whichever you can best do without.

We’ve spoken before about how much it costs to install a wet room. This could be worth considering if you don’t have a huge space to work with. By not having a shower tray taking up space there could be more flexibility with your space. Make sure you have enough room to put your toilet roll and towels so they don’t get soaked every time you shower.

What work will need to be done?

All the best en suites are kept as simple as possible. As the space is usually quite small, careful planning is needed to make the most of the space you have. You need to be able to comfortable move around and use the facilities. There’s no use having a bathroom where you have to sit on the toilet sideways because the sink is in the way!

Don’t forget to factor in the space needed for the bathroom door to open.

Plumbing: The plumbing is always going to be the main consideration when it comes to planning your new en suite. You should prepare yourself for a little disruption throughout the adjoining rooms if pipe work needs to be installed.

Your new bathroom will need to link up to your existing soil pipe. The closer to the soil pipe your en suite is, the better. You will be able to get rid of your waste water easily.

Lighting: Most en suites are installed within another room. They often therefore don’t have access to natural light. Install lighting which suits the space. Spotlights usually work best as you can have as many or as few as needed. They are also built into the ceiling so don’t take up any space.

If your en-suite has an outside wall you can always consider adding a window. This will take a chunk of your budget but would be both the investment for the natural light provided and additional ventilation.

Ventilation: Like every bathroom, en suites need to have good ventilation to avoid damp and mould. If your en suite does not have a window you will need to install a ventilation fan. This will remove the moist air from the room.

Do I need planning permission?

You probably won’t need planning permission to fit an en suite. However, there will be building regulations that need to be followed. This is due to the fact there are electrics in close proximity to water. As we all know, this’s not always a good mix! Get a professional in to carry out work involving electrics.

Building regulators will check the wiring, windows, ventilation and drainage comply. Some trades people can self-certify their work – they will be listed on the competent persons register. Be sure to check the register if your selected trades person say they can. There is a separate one for electricians here.

Our top tips

  • Always hire a professional who has experience installing en suites
  • Make sure you have someone come to your home when asking for a quote. You will never get an accurate price if they don’t see the space they are working with.
  • Make sure you buy sanitary ware that suits your space. There is no point having a fabulous shower that you can’t get into because there isn’t enough room to open the door.

Get in touch with us today if you are thinking about installing an en suite in your. Home. We would be happy to discuss your options with you.