Wet rooms are completely waterproofed bathrooms with a shower area at the same level as the rest of the floor. The biggest challenge with these designs is ensuring everything is waterproof. The next step is luxury and comfort, which can be added through under tile heating.
Julia Ostapenko, digital marketing specialist for Warmup, explained that wet room designs are becoming increasingly popular in aged care and retirement village design because of their versatility.
“It is an entry-level shower and can be custom designed to be any size to accommodate wheelchair access, with or without glass screens or three walls and a curtain, and handles can be installed where needed.”
The added benefit of underfloor heating is warmth. Not only does it heat the whole space, but it also helps dry the floor quickly, which reduces the risk of slips. The heat is controlled by a thermostat and can be programmed to maximise ease of use and efficiency.
Ostapenko advises designers to allow enough space in the shower to install a chair or seat later-on. She also suggests Channell drains, as they remove the odd, four-corner slope from tiled showers.
“Channell drains offer a more effective and comfortable alternative without the risk of a puddle of dirty water around a slow drain.”
Ostapenko assures designers that underfloor heating for showers is not expensive to install and cost-effective to run. The running costs are comparable, and often less than, fan heaters. Once installed, the thermostat can be programmed to turn on and off as required, maximising cost-effectiveness and heating efficiency.