How to Create an Ensuite Bathroom

A well-designed ensuite can be a game-changer in your home, especially if you have a large family and you’re always fighting about getting time in the bathroom.

Not to mention an ensuite offers a relaxing, private space that is all your own. Because let’s face it, our bathrooms are our sanctuaries. They are the place where we get ready in the morning and unwind at the end of a busy day. 

So what should you do if you don’t have an ensuite bathroom in your home? Well, make one, of course!

In this guide, we’re going to talk you through the different considerations and how you can create an ensuite all of your own.

Determine where to locate your ensuite

First and foremost, you need to decide where your ensuite will be located in relation to your bedroom and other rooms in the house. You need to determine:

  • Whether you need to add space by building an extension
  • Whether you will be undertaking a loft conversion
  • If you will be converting an existing room
  • If you can add a partition wall in an already large bedroom

Once you know this, you’ll be better equipped to get planning underway.

Consider size and space

It’s important to remember that you don’t need a huge home to accommodate an ensuite. With careful planning and design, you can make even the smallest space into a luxury ensuite bathroom - even if it’s a small one! 

Think about your budget

You need to have a good understanding of where your ensuite will go and how it will be designed in order to give you a better idea of the budget. For example, building an extension is going to be more expensive than converting an existing room.

If you already have a strict budget in mind, this might affect how you design your new bathroom, how big it can be and how it will be furnished and decorated. Some of the things you need to consider in your costs include:

  • Materials
  • Labour
  • Tiling
  • Plumbing
  • Furniture, such as bath, toilet, sink, etc.
  • Extending or amending the space
  • Decor and storage, for example, paint, accessories, mirrors and cabinets

Because there is a lot to consider, you need to keep your budget in mind at all times when creating your ensuite.

Consider how it will impact the value of your home

If done right, an ensuite bathroom can increase the value of your home. However, you just need to be sure that ultimately you aren’t creating an ensuite that will actually reduce its value.

For example, if you’re turning an existing space into a bathroom when it could be used as a bedroom or office space, this might negatively impact the overall value of your home in the long run. So before you go through with any building work, make sure you’re confident in your decision, and you won’t regret it at a later date.

Find out if you’ll need planning permission

Depending on whether you’re going to need to build an extension or new partitioning walls, you might need to get planning permission in order to go ahead with your project. So before you start converting your home, you need to find out for sure if you need to apply.

If you do, you will need to gain building regulations approval and find out about any guidelines from your local council before you start. This will ensure that your new ensuite is legitimate and won’t cause you problems further down the line.

Find a designer 

Now you’re almost getting there. Next you need to find a designer who can put together an official plan for your project. You might have put something together yourself initially, but it’s always a good idea to get a professional design/blueprint drawn up to help out the construction teams when work begins.

Choose the right tradesmen

The final stage in creating your ensuite bathroom is finding the right tradesmen to do the work for you. It’s like you’re going to need a range of service providers, for example, plumbers and bricklayers. 

As such, you need to do your research to find local businesses that have great client testimonials and who can create the ensuite bathroom of your dreams.

After this, you can get an official start date in your diary and make your ensuite bathroom dreams a reality.


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