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Can anyone help with wet room ideas?

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Used2bthin Mon 17-Jul-17 10:25:53

I'm thinking more along the tiling etc lines as the actual plans are not my call ( disabled adaptations ) we will be given the option of choosing tiles and fittings though other than the shower itself.
I think it has to be non slip tiles or are there other flooring options?
And the same on walls? I want it to be a calming atmosphere but it is likely to be quite dark, possibly no windows due to where it's being fitted.

Used2bthin Mon 17-Jul-17 10:28:02

I guess we will need spotlights or similar as it will need to not be too dark for safety - but light tiles /walls may be better I think ? I have started looking on pinterest but my ideas keep changing and I want something that won't date any time soon.

LizzieMacQueen Mon 17-Jul-17 10:35:27

My preference would be for dark floor tiles and light wall tiles, that'll make the space look bigger and the dark floor tiles will hide a lot of grime!

Used2bthin Mon 17-Jul-17 10:43:56

Thanks LizzieMacqueen. Sorry I have somehow put this thread up twice!
Good idea on dark for floor and light for walls. I'm thinking larger tiles probably. I need to go and look for ideas on colour etc but there seems to not be many places with wet rooms on show near me.

GreenTulips Mon 17-Jul-17 10:50:32

I love the one wall for a shower with a glass screen in front - so walk in walk out type thing

Look up dress blue linear tiles - there's other colours but they are different and won't date they do floor tiles asweel so you could contrast

(Oh and look up blue tooth mirror!!)

GreenTulips Mon 17-Jul-17 10:51:05

Fresh blue linear!!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 17-Jul-17 10:55:29

I love the one wall for a shower with a glass screen in front - so walk in walk out type thing

Definitely go for this unless you plan to have nothing in your wet room at all, as everything gets soaking! I've had a proper wet room and I wouldn't have one again as the water goes everywhere without a screen! So no towels kept in there, or make up bits , NOTHING!

Used2bthin Mon 17-Jul-17 10:56:45

Ooh thanks will look those up. No screen at all for safety which I think has me a bit confused as to whether to have different tiles round the shower bit ( also thinking we will need to be careful or it will be slippy and wet for ages after when using the toilet bit but I'm sure it's factored in/good drainage etc)

trevortrevorslattery Mon 17-Jul-17 10:58:41

You can get a wet room flooring system which just goes in as a one-r rather than having tiles.. your bathroom fitter should be able to give you details of what's available.

Used2bthin Mon 17-Jul-17 11:05:04

Just saw your post DameDiazapam! That's what I was worried about ! I think it needs to be screen free though due to safety issues ( child with aggressive outbursts and one of the reasons our upstairs bathroom isn't working for us)

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 17-Jul-17 11:06:08

What about a shower curtain?

Used2bthin Mon 17-Jul-17 11:06:18

Interesting Trevor, I've not seen that . I think we will be offered whatever is the most cost effective then will decide whether to pay the difference to have something we like more

GreenTulips Mon 17-Jul-17 11:06:37

Look at tile designs - some have a splash of colour in a line down wards to break up the patter

Some tiles in line have 'you might like' or 'complements' tiles so you can split them up

Can you give us a diagram?

The floors aren't meant to be slippy - are you disabled? What about a shower bath instead of wet room?

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 17-Jul-17 11:07:40

Otherwise you will be wiping the whole room down after every use of you plan to use the loo in the during the day. And get the BEST extractor fan budget allows if there aren't windows.

Used2bthin Mon 17-Jul-17 11:07:48

Yes, shower curtain could work and that's something we can fit later on if needs be. It's mainly for dds use so won't be much in there but we will use the toilet bit and will need towels etc

Used2bthin Mon 17-Jul-17 11:10:16

Thanks green tulips. Dd is disabled so it's for her use mainly. She is unstable on her feet so it needs to be non slip so that's good to know.
No diagram yet as it's early days but getting ideas as we want to pay to make it how it works for us so want to think it through well after previous bad choices

GreenTulips Mon 17-Jul-17 11:17:56

So look at grip handles and a shower seat (I had one outside its fab) look at safety glass or plastic screens

Consider underfloor heating - it's a mat put under the tiles you use and electrical switch and isn't expensive - will dry the floor quickly

Look at maybe a 'bench' 'step' I don't be know what it's called! Under the shower to sit on -

Used2bthin Mon 17-Jul-17 11:20:38

Thank you will check all that out great to have ideas. I think they will fit a seat for her but I will look ahead of time as it may be we can pay the extra for one that will last longer iyswim. Would love underfloor heating although not sure if we will be allowed that. Will definitely ask though.

BubblesBuddy Mon 17-Jul-17 12:06:12

Look at the Bette floor for wet rooms. They match tiles and have about 22 colour options. They are a better solution as the drainage is straightforward and no grout. German idea - so it works!!!

Used2bthin Mon 17-Jul-17 12:09:17

Great thank you will check that out!

GreenTulips Mon 17-Jul-17 12:15:19

It's quite cheap!!

Used2bthin Mon 17-Jul-17 13:05:35

Thanks for that- I wonder if in fact it will turn out cheaper than radiator under the circumstances actually!

Used2bthin Mon 17-Jul-17 13:17:24

Looked up fresh blue linear- like this? If so I like it!

Wingedharpy Tue 18-Jul-17 03:41:05

We converted our small downstairs loo into a wet room at the end of last year so am happy to share my views if they may help.
Similar to you, though not the same, we did ours for use by someone with a disability.
Tiles on walls - we opted for large, light coloured tiles with a matt finish the rationale being less grout to go manky and no background gloss to show up those pesky watermarks (very hard water here).
We did put in some border tiles to break it up a bit because we have quite high ceilings.
Paintwork is white in order to keep the room light.

The floor gave me sleepless nights when it came to choosing what to have.
I was leaning towards non slip tiles but my plumber advised against it as he said the grout on floor tiles is the weak area and if the grout fails you have water seeping into your floor and being on the ground floor, you wouldn't necessarily know about it until it caused major problems.
Suffice to say, he worried me enough that I went with his recommendation of wet room vinyl called Altro - See www.altro.co.uk for colours etc.
A shower former set in concrete (?)goes down first.
This has a gentle slop in it and the slope directs the water to the drainage hole.
The floor fitters then put down some sort of screed and laid the vinyl over the whole room, forming curves at the corner of the room and going up the wall slightly to about skirting board height.
There is a narrow white strip which covers the join where the wall tiles meet the flooring.
My main concern was that it would look like an institution type of floor but in reality it looks gorgeous, is very safe to walk on when wet and is very practical.

I also lost much sleep over what to use to stop the whole room from getting soaked.
Because it is a very small room, a fixed shower screen wasn't an option.
I looked at the possibility of a fold away screen (or 2) - See www.outasight-vb.com but the logistics of it wouldn't have worked for us, so I ended up with a shower curtain which was made to measure (those high ceilings were the problem). I got one that was weighted, thick and heavy etc so it doesn't flap about when wet and stick to your body.

We did fit underfloor heating (thanks to Mumsnet!) but DH wanted a radiator (thank God) and as we couldn't agree which we should have, we had both.
Personally, I find the underfloor heating is useless at heating the room, though I suspect we don't use it properly, but it does take the chill off the floor (just about) and helps it dry out a bit.
The radiator keeps the room very cosy.

A stainless steel toilet roll holder fitted inside the shower area doubles up as a steadying grab rail/handle once the loo roll is removed while showering and a curved towel rail fitted round the radiator serves the same purpose once showering is complete and the curtain pulled back.

We have spotlights too for brightness and a reasonable extractor fan though the room does have a small widow in it.

Good luck with it all.

HipsterHunter Tue 18-Jul-17 08:16:38

I feel like I was told when doing my bathroom not to get spots in bathrooms because the steam can get up into the spot and into the cealing space.

Defo go for UFH and a heated towel rail.

Get the best extractor fan you can.

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