Future proofing your bathroom by adding a stylish wet room

10 Top Tips For Future Proofing Your Bathroom

When it comes to making changes to your bathroom, it’s a good idea to be forward thinking and plan ahead. So regardless of whether you have a multigenerational household, a growing family or are looking at retiring soon, future proofing your bathroom space with an eye on your current and future situation makes economic sense. While it may sound complicated to cater for a multitude of needs, it can be done correctly and you should end up with a stylish and functional space that should not cost much more than a standard refit.

A design layout suitable for everyone

Keeping you family situation in mind, think about who lives with you now and how things may change in the future. Are you living in your forever home and planning to remain there until your own old age? Will you possibly be caring for an elderly family member in the future? Do you have a family of young children and 2 lively dogs? Will your children return to live with you after they have finished university?

Taking these scenarios into consideration will allow you to get the layout and accessories right as part of the design. Remember that any changes or additions down the line will incur further installation costs, so it is a good idea to include them now.

Product designs to consider

The product designs now available for multi-generational living means that specialist pieces will work in harmony with other fixtures and that standard items can be adapted for different needs.

Future proofing a modern bathroom with a walk-in shower and wall-hung toilet and basin

Install a level access shower enclosure or wet room

When it comes to future proofing your bathroom, level access showers and wet rooms make a great addition to any bathroom and are suitable for the whole family regardless of height, age or mobility. If you are a dog-lover, they are also very convenient when it comes to washing your four legged friends! Level-access showers are fitted with modern shower trays that are so slim that they can be flush fitted to the bathroom floor, giving a wet room look with simple fitting and plumbing requirements.

A tanked[1] wet room split by a glass panel provides step-free easy access to washing, and also minimises the risk of leaks, protects plaster walls from mould and insulates the space, helping to cut energy bills. Big glass panels can easily be kept clean by using a squeegee to ensure that no water drips are left on the glass, crucial in our very hard water area.

[1] Tanking – What does it mean? The whole process involves making your walls, floor and ceiling robust enough to deal with water exposure. That’s what tanking is – proofing the surfaces that will be laid with tile or paint.

Thermostatic showers

A thermostatic shower will regulate water temperature by mixing the hot and cold water to your pre-selected temperature and maintaining that temperature for the duration of your shower. The thermostat reacts instantly to any changes in the pressure or temperature of the water supply by re-adjusting the mix of hot and cold water so there are no risks of scalding, or freezing, if the toilet is flushed or a tap turned on elsewhere in the house.

Stylish grab rails

White obtrusive plastic grab rails are a thing of the past in modern bathroom design. There are many stylish and functional designs to choose from.

A good example is the L-Shape Shower Riser Rail from Hewi. It is in front of you should you need to hold on, but a stylish addition to any modern wet room or level access shower. If you would like more detailed information about grab rails, then you can read about them here.

Wet room featuring L-shaped support rail with shower head holder

Wall-hung shower seats

A shower seat is a helpful addition for anyone in the family who requires additional support or has mobility issues. There are a range of modern wall-hung foldaway shower seats that will look great in a contemporary bathroom. If this is not a requirement within the next few years, then this type of shower seat can always be fitted at a later stage providing you have a solid wall to which the seat can be fixed. More information about shower seats can be found here.

Storage

To ensure you have adequate storage that is suitable for multi-generational living, look for multifunctional furniture that can be moved or added to as your household’s requirements change. Modular pieces offer flexibility. You could, for example, place cabinets next to either side of a washbasin or use individual wall-hung cabinets to suit individual needs. Bench seating and storage cubes can provide each family member with somewhere to put things. Built-in laundry baskets will also free up floor space.

Taps

Single lever taps

Single lever taps have one lever to control the flow of water. Turning the lever to the left will provide hotter water, whilst turning it to the right will provide colder water. The advantage of a single lever tap is that you can leave it in the position once the ideal water temperature has been established. It just needs to be raised for the water to flow.

Single lever taps are a popular choice in bathrooms as they are easy for everyone to use from young children, the elderly and less able. They can easily be operated using the palm or side of the hand, making it easier to use for those with limited mobility in their hands.

Mixer taps

Mixer taps have hot and the cold water come out of the same spout. They can come with audible clicks and water saving functions to improve your water efficiency. They also have the advantage of being easy to use by all members of the family.

Basins

A wall-hung basin can really help a wheelchair user in that there is no pedestal in the way. Another advantage is that the basin can be installed at a height that is particular to the end user.

Toilets

Toilets are another area of consideration. While raised-height models or a wall-hung version mounted slightly higher are easiest to use, those with quiet flushes for night-time use or infrared sensors on flush plates provide extra convenience.

The majority of modern toilets have removable seats that can be taken off for a complete clean making them more hygienic and easy to maintain. Back to wall toilets are also easier to keep clean and more hygienic because there are no gaps to hide germs and dust.

Underfloor heating

There are many benefits to underfloor heating, when it comes to bathrooms:

  • The floors are kept dry reducing the likelihood of slipping and falling.
  • Steam and condensation are greatly reduced.
  • There is no need for a radiator, thereby freeing up wall space for grab rails if required.

Lighting

Think beyond the obvious ad consider the lighting. Good lighting added in the right places is important. Lighting at wash points, plinth lights and illuminated shelving will help to boost visibility in potentially dark nooks. Sensor lighting, which turns on when you enter the room and off when you leave, can be very useful.

We’re here to help

So if you are looking into future proofing your bathroom space in a practical way, taking your current and future situation into account, we can definitely help you. Simply click here to email us or give us a call on 01784 44033.