There’s no doubt about it: an ensuite is a wonderful thing.
If you wake up in the middle of the night, the bathroom is only a few steps away. It can also be a nice private space, especially if the main bathroom of the house has been overtaken by your kids. Your ensuite can be a private luxury just for you, always kept neat and tidy, a little bolt hole from the world.
However, an ensuite is also a rarity. Despite their undoubted use, they are not a common occurrence in most family homes. Or at least, not originally - many ensuites are adapted after the initial purchase. The money spent on the remodel and installation is then usually made back, via an increased sale price when it’s time to move on.
There are very few downsides to an ensuite. If you like the idea of one to the point of being serious about making the change, then there’s a few things you need to know.
- You Will Lose Space In The Bedroom
To create an ensuite, the space has to come from somewhere. Sometimes, there is a hall or closet space that can be utilized, but most of the time, the space comes from the bedroom itself.
If you have a large bedroom, then this won’t be a problem - you can sacrifice a few feet in exchange for the bathroom of your dreams. If space is at a premium, it might be trickier.
- You Can Make An ensuite Work In A Small Space
Any plumber worth their salt will know how to arrange a space so you can have the ensuite you want without risking feeling cramped. There are ways and means around space problems. You could choose just to have a bathroom and sink installed, for example, or go for more compact units so you can make more use of the space. If you’re determined you want a shower, then you really only need one square meter of space to be able to do it.
It’s also worth considering floating units, which can make a small area feel more spacious. Talk to the plumber who is doing the work and ask for their recommendations; it’s unlikely it will be their first time trying to make a small arrangement work.
- It Will Take Longer Than You Think
This isn’t to dissuade you from doing it, of course - but be aware that the work required for an ensuite installation is not a quick process. It can seem surprising that it isn’t, given it’s such a small area, but there’s a lot of effort that goes into making it work. You have to mark out the space, create walls, add tiling, do the plumbing… so make sure you’re prepared for at least seven to ten days for the work to be completed.
It might be possible to do some of the work yourself (such as tiling), but don’t be tempted to try the plumbing or wall creation yourself. Sometimes, you do need a pro, but at least you’ll get a working and safe ensuite out of it!