A wet room can significantly increase the value of a house. Installing a wet room means removing fixtures like baths and shower enclosures, and having an open shower head, a sloped floor and waterproofed, or ‘tanked’ walls that prevent damp and leakage. Wet rooms are ideal for quick and easy use, and can be rapidly cleaned. Moreover, wet rooms are able to increase the value of a property by reducing the potential for property damage, for their stylish designs, their enhanced safety, and their expansion of available space. While it is important to display some caution when installing a wet room, the benefits arguably outweigh some limitations.
1 - More Waterproof
A wet room is ‘tanked,’ which means that the walls and floors are lined with specially treated materials to prevent leakages into the structure of a house. This kind of waterproofing also means that a wet room is easy to clean, and that it will be resistant to mould. As a result, a well waterproofed room can mean that it is likely to last for longer with occasional maintenance, and will increase the structural value of a property.
2 - Makes More of Space
By removing fittings like large baths and shower enclosures, a wet room creates more space for decoration. A walk in shower that makes the most of this space means that you have the flexibility to add screens to prevent moisture from affecting sinks and towels, and can be removed from sight when not in use. Having more space means that a wet room is able to create a more minimalist design look.
3 - Adds a Stylish Finish
The minimalist effect of a wet room means that you are able to experiment with colour and a few fittings. Wall to wall shades and variations on blues and greens mean that you maintain a cool atmosphere, while all white wet rooms can result in a clean and modern finish. Adding murals and designs to tiles and flooring also means that you can create a functional space that can be used and cleaned in a straightforward way.
4 - Enhanced Safety
Value can be added to a property through a wet room’s ability to provide greater safety and customisation to buyers. A wet room with a walk in shower is particularly valuable for the elderly and the disabled, who do not have to install ramps or panels for shower enclosures and baths. Discreet handles can be used for extra support, and for avoiding slips. For the most part though, wet rooms can reduce trip hazards and clutter.
5 - Some Caution
While there are many benefits to having a wet room, it is worth being cautious. Wet room installations can be expensive, and should be explored as an addition, rather than a complete conversion to a standard bathroom. Having just a wet room can be problematic if a home buyer wants to have the option of a bath. As most properties have two bathrooms, it is practical, however, to convert one space to increase a home’s value.
About the author: Patrick Hegarty is a home improvement enthusiast who thinks well designed shower enclosure makes a bathroom.