With the change of season, it is just the right time to do an in-the-house addition project like a new en-suite in a bedroom space. The en-suite is a big item regardless of how you present it, so it can be tough to get it into a small bedroom without knocking down walls. After all, the en-suite includes the toilet, the sink and a shower or bathtub system. How can we make those three features fit in a bedroom without moving the walls?
The smallest en-suite’s typical dimensions run about six feet square, that is six feet by six feet. That allows 18 inches for each feature, including a toilet, vanity and shower stall. Assuming the plumbing is reasonably close at hand, say under 15 feet from the soil pipe, installing an en-suite would involve framing walls, doorways and shower or bathtub stall in a dedicated corner of the room. If the total square footage of the room is 100 square feet or greater after the new walls are installed, the project is a go. If it is less, then perhaps the idea should be shelved for another time and place when an en-suite would actually fit.
Of course, you could put bathroom fixtures inside a spare closet if one exists in the bedroom. That would eliminate the need for a carpenter to create walls. If you do not have a spare closet, then bring in a contractor to do an estimate before the project ever gets a go-ahead. It must be both physically possible to install new plumbing and it must not break the budget. A contractor may cost money, and all you may get is an estimate, but it would give you a place to start. After the contractor has rendered his opinion, it is time to deliberate. That is not just because the en-suite will take money, but it will also disrupt your life for a few days. If you have made a decision, discuss with the contractor what kind of fixtures you would like in the en-suite.
Many products will work wonders in a small bathroom.
Recessed medicine cabinets
Any of these features would fit nicely into an en-suite. Recessed medicine cabinets take up as much space as a picture hanging on a wall. Console sinks stand on a single pedestal or some similar non-obstructive object. This allows great space for your legs. Another option is a floating vanity, and that is the basic vanity cabinet suspended from the wall. The weight hangs on the wall rather than running down the cabinet to the floor. It allows greater room for your feet. A single shower stall would work wonders in a small space because it takes up approximately half the space of a full-size bath.
If you are concerned about adding yet another appliance to your hot water heater supply, an en-suite may be better served with an independent hot-water supply, but where would the space come from for that? Fortunately, tankless water heaters offer a solution. Tankless heaters heat the water as it travels through the pipes. That means no water heater is required.
For instance, electric shower-heads have automatic switches controlled by the flow of water. A tankless system takes up only a small space.
Note: Jim writes for JT Spas, who are the largest independent retailers of discounted bathroom furniture, including steam shower cabins, whirlpool baths and vanity units in UK & Ireland.