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Designing Wet room/level access/easy access showers within existing bathroom:Info Icon

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    Before measuring your existing bathroom identify the following items: What is the floor type? Concrete or timber? If it is timber – which way do the joists run? (This will be the opposite way to which the floorboards run) What is the position of the existing drainage?

    1. Soil vent pipe/Soil stack pipe?
    2. Position of toilet, wash hand basin and bath waste pipes and where they drain to?
    3. Position of manhole outside if the facilities are already on the ground floor.

    Position and width of the door – also measure the clear opening width of the present door to make sure that when you are considering what work needs doing that you ensure that you will be able to access them from outside the room

    • Is there the ability to widen the doorway, if necessary, and if not what impact does that have on whether you can proceed with adapting your existing facility or whether this means that you need to look at alternatives?

    Where is the window, if there is one,  and how big and high is it?  

    • Do you need to consider protecting the window recess with a bespoke shower screen to prevent water damage from the shower?
    • Will the window impact on where facilities can be fitted?
    • Where is the electric light and is it already vapour proof or does this work need including with the provision of the shower?
    • Where is the electric light switch? Is it accessible or does it need changing so that you can use it independently and safely?
    • Is there suitable ventilation within the bathroom or do you need to include an extractor fan in the scheme?
    • Is there any heating in the bathroom? Is it suitable for the new purpose? Can the existing central heating system be extended to provide appropriate heating or do you need to provide a wall mounted electric heater that is/is not linked to the extractor fan system?
    • Note the type of walls in the room – this is essential when considering fixing of handrails and wall mounted shower seats and again if the walls are not suitable you will need to consider other options such as floor to floor rails or static/mobile shower chairs
    • Note any load bearing walls – this is particularly important where you have separate toilet facilities next to your bathroom and are considering knocking through to create more space. Supporting load bearing walls will incur increased costs but does not mean that the work cannot go ahead.

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