En-suite design


En-suite bathrooms and shower rooms tend to be the personal space of just one or two users and, as such, they often demand a totally different design approach to that of say a family bathroom.

Lets look at the entrance – the door – sometimes the brief for an en-suite includes “don’t worry about a door – this one is never shut”. This can be a great help when space is limited and, whilst it may be fine for an en-suite, it is hardly a feature that your guests would appreciate if applied to your main bathroom.

“Very minimalist” is another request we often get “like our hotel bathroom in Greece last year – just a loo, a basin on a plain marble top and a shower – that’s it – dead easy to clean & no clutter!”

Well there never will be any clutter when Ryanair have finished with you will there? – and all you have is the contents of two small toilet bags to leave lying around!

Contrast this with your en-suite at home with a spare bale of toilet rolls, a six pack of shower gel & 3 months contact lenses – not to mention the toilet duck and the plethora of pills and potions that seem to invade most bathrooms.

So an objective approach is needed, one that takes on board and doesn’t suppress the motivation for making changes in the first place but one that also looks out for, and pre-empts, any problems that might be caused if the quest for the Greek bathroom is not tempered with a degree of practicality.

Storage therefore is vital if an en-suite is to be anything other than a showpiece and, apart from the aesthetic benefit of a tidy room, there is something quite satisfying about ‘a place for everything and everything in it’s place’. Before this can happen however you do of course need to create ‘the place’!

We always ask about the importance of a mirror – i.e is it used for wet shaving and or the putting on of make-up? Both operations require the mirror to be easily accessed and very well illuminated.

For wet shaving the mirror must be over the basin if a daily clean-up ritual is to be avoided and for make-up some nearby eye-level storage is vital.

And then there is the shower and all the questions that this poses :

  • Can you reach a towel without getting out of the shower and dripping water all over the floor?
  • Is there somewhere for gels and shampoos that doesn’t involve a precarious balancing act?
  • When the shower has just been used will the next person be ‘paddling’ whilst on the way to use the loo?
  • When covered by wet towels will the ladder radiator be man enough for the job?
  • In the quest for ‘as much power as the shower in Greece’ has the availability of enough water been addressed?