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How To Renovate Your Bathroom Step By Step

The most widespread improvement homeowners do in their houses is refurbishing their bathrooms. This is popular because of the reality that bathrooms have turned out to be more than simply a place for hygiene. Numerous people rest in the bathroom and observe it as a private retreat.

To make sure we only serve expert advice in this article, we asked experts for their opinions such as and other bathroom fitters.

Consideration to Make When Renovating Bathroom


There’re so many choices to think about at the time you’re renovating your bathroom, however, the conventional rules have evolved a bit. People are now embracing all types of various ideas in their bathrooms, such as chairs and different items of furniture. The most crucial thing to note of before going into any job is the actual area you have. You need to ensure the organisation is greatly functional.

Openness and Material

Other than taking into consideration the functionality, additionally, think about openness. In case it’s not too congested, it will appear larger. One way of achieving this in a flourishing way is by fixing up the best layout. Another idea is to watch out for are the materials which can simply be cleaned and maintained.

Having all the top-quality materials and products accessible for your bathroom, you may really turn into an exceptional room. It may turn out to be more than simply a shower, a sink and a toilet.


Renovating your lovely bathroom can become extremely costly, but it will all depend on what you opt to do. If you’re just intending to effect small improvements, maybe adding brand-new fixtures or maybe a brand-new vanity top, then you may keep the prices below £1,000. But, an entire bathroom renovation may cost up to £10,000.

Renovating the Bathroom

Make Your Sink And Bathtub Look New

One great approach is to let your bathtub and sink appear new minus buying brand-new ones by having them re-glazed. You may change the colour from that antiquated avocado to a natural looking white by just re-glazing over the current tub or sink. Adjusting out the faucets and hardware can cause a big difference too. Less expensive choices that look fabulous can be located at home improvement shops everywhere.

Add A Wicker Chair

If you got an extra area in the bathroom, bringing in a wicker chair or a beautiful display case may additionally add a subtle touch. If you’re attempting to come up with a mood of a powder room, these alternatives will add few characters.

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Before and after: from tiny en suite to supersized shower

Enlarging their cramped and dated bathroom and ditching the tub finally gave the owners the spa-style super-luxe shower room they'd always wanted

Le-Mare-makeover-split supersized shower

The owners bought their house knowing that they could make a big difference to what was already there and create the sort of home they’d dreamed of.

‘When we moved in, the house had a bathroom you really wouldn’t want to spend too much time in, and a tiny en suite,’ they say. ‘We were keen to improve the property, so we decided to extend the master bedroom and en suite. We had a good idea of what we wanted the new shower room to be like, but in order to make the most of the space, we employed an architect to help us draw up the plans.’

The pair already had a great local builder in mind to carry out the project. ‘We knew him before and had inspected his work, so we were confident it was up to scratch,’ they say. ‘He did such an amazing job.’

The new en suite is much bigger than it was and, as it’s only the couple that use it, they decided to treat themselves by recreating a hotel spa look, with plenty of natural stone and mirrors.

After SAH July 17 p86 Le Mare supersized shower

‘We’ve always liked Villeroy & Boch bathrooms,’ say the owners. ‘And as we’re not planning to work on this room again for a long time, we splashed out on our sanitaryware. We also chose gorgeous tiles that are different sizes, but all made of luxurious grey stone.’

Rather than having blinds, the couple added opaque glass for privacy. For a similarly fuss-free look, the shower fittings were kept very streamlined. ‘We looked hard to find a shower with as little chrome as possible,’ they say. ‘And we chose a glass shower enclosure because we wanted it to look almost transparent when you walk in.’

Shower cubicle SAH July 17 p86 Le Mare supersized shower

The one thing the couple had kept from the previous bathroom was a radiator. ‘Now it has a lot more space around it, so it’s more effective,’ they say. ‘And because everything else is neutral, we treated ourselves to bright hammam towels to add bursts of colour.’

Towel rail SAH July 17 p86 Le Mare supersized shower

The plumbing is hidden by a false wall, so the owners built in a handy shelf for shower essentials.

Recessed shelf SAH July 17 p86 Le Mare supersized shower

To complete the scheme, the couple added two mirrors to throw light around the room. ‘It’s a fairly cheap way of making the space seem larger,’ they say. ‘And it’s easy to get pieces of mirror glass cut to size at a local merchant.’

Vanity unit SAH July 17 p86 Le Mare supersized shower

Want to see another hotel-chic bathroom makeover? READ: Before and after: from dark loft to hotel-style en suite

‘It’s a luxury to have this much storage,’ the pair say. ‘We’ve got a drawer each, with the inside of one divided into sections for toiletries and make-up.’

Vanity unit drawer SAH July 17 p86 Le Mare supersized shower

‘We love the shape of this basin mixer,’ say the owners, ‘and we’ve echoed it in the shower controls, so everything ties together.’

Mixer tap SAH July 17 p86 Le Mare supersized shower

The couple are so happy with their newly supersized shower. ‘You can’t keep us out of here now!’ they say.

Get the look

Buy now: wet room panel, £1,076; Venticello loo, £457.50; Venticello stone grey vanity unit, £953; and Venticello basin, £670, all Villeroy & Boch

Buy now: Bernina grey floor tiles (60 x 60cm), £66 per sq m; Bernina grey wall tiles (15 x 60cm), £57 per sq m; Bernina mosaic tiles (30 x 50cm), £64 per sq m; and Bianconero glossy white tiles, £53.80 per sq m, all Villeroy & Boch

Buy now: Zuchetti brass hand shower, £93; Zuchetti single lever basin mixer, £338; and Zucchetti chrome thermostat, £412, all The Sunbury Bathroom & Tile Company

Buy now: mirrors, £250 each, Knights Glass

This bathroom makeover originally appeared in Style at Home, July 2017.

Image credits: Colin Poole

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Shower room ideas to help you plan the best space

If you're thinking about ditching the bath and going for a bigger shower, read on for all the shower room ideas you will need

A shower room is a fantastic way to save space in a small bathroom. Removing the bath and building a large shower enclosure will give you plenty of room to move around, making the area look bigger than ever.

Every bathroom, no matter how little, can be transformed into a beautiful shower room. Intelligent design will mean you can enjoy a comfortable space the whole family can use – plus, clever storage solutions will create a clutter-free haven, where everyone can move around freely.

Whether you’re converting an attic or are fed up with a tightly squeezed in bath, we have all the shower room ideas to help you plan your scheme.

Prefer a wet room? READ: Wet rooms – the essential guide to creating the perfect space

Spread out in style

Large en suite shower room shower rooms Colin Poole

Image credit: Colin Poole

This room has more than enough space for a bathtub. But if you have a bath elsewhere in the house, sometimes you just want a shower room that’s stylish, practical and pretty. And this one definitely ticks all of those boxes. Using the full width of the room means there’s plenty of space to walk into the shower without the need to move any doors or screens.

Get the look
Buy now: similar rainwater shower, £99, Bathstore

Don’t let an attic constrict you

Attic shower room shower rooms William Goddard

Image credit: William Goddard

Attic bathrooms can be notoriously tricky to fit a shower into because of sloping ceilings and head heights. But there are ways to make it work. Just check out this stunning shower room with wood-effect tiling. The shower has been mounted as high as possible, and the beam is a feature rather than a hindrance. A sleek screen keeps the space feeling as open as possible.

Get the look
Buy now: tiles, Porcelanosa
Buy now: shower valve, The Tile Barn

Add a little bling to your shower room

Gold shower fittings shower room shower rooms David Parmiter

Image credit: David Parmiter

Turn an all-white shower room in to something special with glamorous gold tiles and shower fittings. White is great in a compact room as it makes everything light and spacious, while gold adds an instant warming effect.

Get the look
Buy now: similar gold metro tiles, £7.95 per tile, Walls and Floors

Be elegant with marble

Luxury stone shower room shower rooms Rachael Smith

Image credit: Rachael Smith

The natural veining of marble makes for a stunning backdrop to a walk-in shower. Go for a large-scale tile for the best effect and choose varying colours to create a beautiful patchwork. Using the same tiles from floor to ceiling makes the shower look almost seamless. Here, a small step has been added to accommodate practical drainage, but in fact it only adds to the luxurious feel.

Get the look
Buy now: similar marble tiles, Mandarin Stone

Pick a cool pattern

Compact shower room mixed tiling shower rooms Colin Poole

Image credit: Colin Poole

This room shows just how significant an impact your flooring can have. The pattern adds loads of character to this space and helps to define the shower area, with its plain white shower tray. Marble wall tiles pick out the grey tones of the flooring, too, and add a luxury feel to the scheme. A full-length mirror at one end is great for reflecting light and making the room feel larger than it is.

Get the look
Buy now:
Patisserie Sucre 2 floor tiles, £74.70 per sq m, Fired Earth
Buy now: similar ladder storage, £115, Maisons du Monde

Do it the country way

Country shower room shower rooms David Giles

Image credit: David Giles

Shower rooms are often seen as more modern than country. But this beautiful scheme manages to achieve a country-chic look without compromising on contemporary comforts. Limestone tiling, plus plenty of wood finishes bring elements of the outdoors inside and create a relaxing space that has nature at its heart.

Get the look
Buy now: similar limestone tiles, Topps Tiles
Buy now: similar basin, £69.95, Victorian Plumbing

Style with graffiti

Graffitti shower room shower rooms Alison Hammond

Image credit: Alison Hammond

This sleek shower has been given a cool update with Banksy-inspired tiles. Sure to be a talking point, these tiles are anything but dull and add loads of colour to a neutral space. Grey floor tiles offer an easy-to-keep-clean option that doesn’t interfere with the arty wall.

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Buy now: tiles, £16.38 per tile, Tons of Tiles

Think outside the box

Grey brick tile shower room shower rooms Jamie Mason

Image credit: Jamie Mason

We all know how popular white metro tiles are, but for those of you who want something a little warmer, grey could be the colour for you. Grey looks great with wood and also lends itself well to colourful accents, such as the yellow here. In terms of the shower, the key to its success is its position. It’s a relatively narrow enclosure, but clever planning means there’s a roomy feel to the shower area and therefore also the entire room.

Get the look
Buy now: similar tiles, £15.99 per sq m, Tile Mountain

Use every bit of space

Wood panel shower room shower rooms compact Colin Poole

Image credit: Colin Poole

Want a cloakroom shower? Consider a wet room design that takes advantage of even the tiniest of spaces. Without any need for a shower screen or shower tray, you will easily be able to squeeze in a shower. Other clever tricks include a space-saving basin and a recessed shelf that keeps all the potions you need easily to hand. Walnut-effect boarding also makes an interesting departure from ever-popular tiling.

Get the look
Buy now: walnut-effect boarding in MDF, Richard Russell
Buy now: 3D handrinse basin, QS Supplies

Indulge your senses


Image credit: Mark Bolton

If you like a sauna, you’ll love this gorgeous shower room. The marble bench offers the perfect spot to sit and enjoy the benefits of all the steam accumulated after a long wash. A combination of a rainwater head and handheld fittings mean you have all the showering options you need, plus it makes it easy to keep a large enclosure like this clean.

Get the look
Buy now: similar marble tiles, Stone Store

Create a stylish en suite

Pale tiled en suite shower room shower rooms Rachael Smith

Image credit: Rachael Smith

This en suite benefits from a generously proportioned shower. But that’s not a given in a compact space like this. With the door opening near to the enclosure, many people might assume it’s impossible to have a spacious shower. So this is a great example of what you can do with a relatively small corner. If it won’t work facing one way, try pointing your shower in another direction until you get the spacious design you crave.

Get the look
Buy now: similar shower screen, Soak

Go for dramatic black

Black tile shower room shower rooms Jamie Mason

Image credit: Jamie Mason

Choose striking black tiles for the ultimate contrast to white bathroom fittings. Pick an assortment of sizes and styles, from high gloss to slate effect. The shower area has been marked out with small rectangular tiles and these have been broken up with larger-format neutral tiles to lighten the space and avoid it looking too ‘heavy’.

Get the look
Buy now: similar tiles, Topps Tiles

Enhance a narrow room

Narrow shower room shower rooms 2 Jonathan Gooch

Image credit: Jonathan Gooch

This is another great example of the good use of a compact space. The shower, loo and basin are all right next to each other, yet this room doesn’t feel at all small. A bath wouldn’t fit in here, but because the shower enclosure runs from wall to wall, it is far larger than a standard cubicle. Mosaic tiling creates a hotel-style feel and recessed shelves mean there’s no need for unsightly storage racks.

Get the look
Buy now: similar mosaic tiles, £23.25 per sq m, Victorian Plumbing

Mix light and dark

Marble shower room shower rooms Fraser Marr

Image credit: Fraser Marr

Choose a combination of light and dark tiles for a balanced look in your bathroom. Using black marble tiles on the walls looks fantastic but also offers a happily practical benefit: water stains and limescale will be almost invisible. If you want to cover a large space, marble-effect tiles made out of porcelain offer a budget-friendly option that looks really realistic.

Get the look
Buy now: similar tiles, Tons of Tiles

As you can see, shower rooms have the potential to be stylish and glamorous spaces. But we have one last piece of wisdom to share – buyers do like there to be at least one bath in a home, so a shower room is best for second bathrooms or en suites. Good luck with your shower room planning!

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