What is a Wet Room? Learn more about this new design trend
Wet Rooms are bathrooms that combine spaces into 1 wet zone space. Some designs separate the tub and shower area from the water closet and sink with a glass panel, other designs allow the entire bathroom to become a wet zone by providing water friendly materials on the floor and walls.
Kid (or pet) Friendly
Wet Rooms are a great space to have with kids or even pets because they allow a tub within a shower. Kids can splash away and parents can relax knowing that the walls are being spared. Clean up has never been so easy.
In a typical guest bath home owners are left with the decision to choose between a tub/shower or standing shower because there is not enough room for both like you would find in a master bath. With a wet room you can have both. A tub within a shower takes just a few extra feet of space.
Layout and Design
Function over Form is the name of the game in a wet room. Drainage becomes the most important issue in a wet room and improper planning can lead to a variety of issues down the road. Hiring a Bathroom Designer for a space like this can set your mind as ease as they take all the guess work out of laying out all the designs and details for your contractor. Hiring a certified professional to do the work is also worth the investment, as the floor’s gradient needs to be right, drains need to be correctly positioned, and the floor’s depth needs to be properly calculated. Floors can be sloped with water exiting the wet room through a high-performing linear drain or center drain. Just because function is the top priority doesn’t mean design has to suffer. It’s possible to install stylish and highly functional wet rooms in your home that give you the same feeling as a luxury hotel.
Most wet rooms are tight on space and sinks are placed close to the wet zone. To prevent water from damaging vanity cabinets its best to choose something that is wall hung/ freestanding and made of materials that can withstand water like concrete or porcelain.
Wet Rooms tend to be associated with a more contemporary style but that is hardly the case. Many designers have taken this design trend and tailored it towards their clients aesthetics.
If you are planning a bathroom remodel and like the idea of a separate tub and shower, think about creating a wet room and get both.