Focusing on the Wet Area When Remodeling Your Bathroom
Wet rooms have been around for ages—but have skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years. At Pacific Bath Company, we’ve found ourselves completing more wet room renovations every year—and are particularly fond of the idea of a stylish, one-room shower area that’s safe and accessible, and that keeps water contained to one, easy-to-clean area.
The benefits of a wet area are many. However, perhaps the most attractive perk of a wet room renovation is the value it can add to your home. If you’re considering a wet room remodel in the near future, take a look at what this renovation entails and how this trending home improvement project can transform your space into an all-around better bathroom.What Makes a Wet Room Different?
The wet room of a bathroom is a separate but open area that’s meant for bathing, showering, and getting wet. The layout of the space can vary according to the fixtures and products inside—but in general, the wet room houses a shower area, a tub, and is covered in high-quality materials that are waterproof and designed to get wet. This means that wet rooms are built to be leak and water-damage proof—unlike other bathrooms, where mold, mildew, rust, other issues can cause quicker deterioration of your bathroom areas.
Another important distinction of a wet room that separates it from a normal, traditional bathroom is the flooring. In a wet room, there is no separate area to step into the shower or bathtub, and no steps or shower trays, or other partitions that break the floor up into levels. This makes the bathroom area much more accessible than traditional rooms where you have to climb into a shower area. In many cases, a bathtub replacement is performed on a traditional bathtub in favor of a walk-in tub. In other cases, a walk-in shower will replace a traditional shower or bathtub conversion instead.
Designing Your Wet Room Layout
As we mentioned before, the wet room is a space that’s customized to suit you and your specific needs. This means that the layout of your wet room will differ greatly from others according to what your goals are. Some usual distinctions that homeowners use to design their wet room layouts include:
- A shower floor that curved on a downward slope towards the drain.
- Uninterrupted floors and a zero-entry, walk-in shower area.
- A tub-to-shower conversion for a shower-only space.
- Slip-proof floors, even when wet.
- A glass partition or enclosure to separate the shower and tub areas from the rest of the bathroom.
- Easy-access points of entry for wheelchair and walker users, and grab bars, railings, and other ADA-approved features.
- A wet room that does not separate any part of the bathroom area—and includes the toilet, sink, shower, and tub areas in one open space.
- Custom sizes and shapes for large, small, and irregularly shaped wet room areas.
Remodeling the Wet Area with Pacific Bath Company
The most important aspect of remodeling your bathroom—whether you’re converting it into a sleek and stylish wet room or have other plans—is to hire an efficient, capable, and professional contractor to transform the space appropriately. The right contractor will consider your budget, your preferences, and functionality needs when designing your new bathroom, and will back the remodel with solid warranty plans that protect your investment for decades to come.
Pacific Bath Company is proud to be one of the highest-rated remodeling companies in the Pacific Northwest. We take pride in every remodel we complete—matching our customers with top-of-the-line Kohler products and customized designs. We’ve adopted a truly personalized approach to bathroom remodeling that results in perfect bathroom transformations made exclusively for you and your needs.
If you’re considering remodeling your bathroom, our expert team of installers at Pacific Bath Company would love to share more details about our services with you. Give us a call to speak with an agent over the phone now, or fill out our online form to request a free, no-obligation pricing estimate in your home.