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DESIGNING bathrooms & ensuites

From planning the layout to choosing products and finishes, Julian Owen summarises what you need to know to plan a zone that’s both stylish and practical
Durable and hygienic, a solid Staron counter top will infuse your bathroom with elegance. The covering is groutfree and therefore easy to clean. The material costs from £350 per m2. Right: Priced from £28.99 per m2, units in Gemini Tiles’ Palace collection are available in various sizes for use on walls and floors

Bathrooms are a surprisingly recent innovation. For centuries, a tin bath kept on a hook in the kitchen, an outside privy with a ‘guzunder’ and a washstand in the bedroom were considered perfectly adequate for an ordinary family. However, after the Victorians installed public plumbing and drainage systems, the convenience of moving such amenities inside the house was soon appreciated. It wasn’t long before these functional spaces presented a new opportunity to introduce a bit of luxury to the home. This zone also offers self builders and renovators the chance to get creative, thanks to the array of finishes and appliances available to transform the bathroom into a stylish area.

The basics

Deciding on the size, location and number of bathrooms is a crucial stage when putting together your new home’s floorplan. The traditional approach of one family bathroom upstairs and a WC downstairs has had its day. Ensuites can be squeezed into comparatively small areas, as it’s now popular for all bedrooms have access to their own bathing quarters, sometimes with no shared bathroom.

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Build It is Britain’s longest running self build magazine. Each issue is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Adding space & value to your period home - 10 must-see timber frame homes - The benefits of serviced plots for self builders - Stylish stoves & fireplaces