Most people have got a shower in their bathroom. But how many people go the whole way and install a fully functional wet room?

What is a wet room? Basically, it's a whole room that has been waterproofed, and includes its own walk in shower. This provides a great sense of space and luxury, and also means that you don't have to worry about stepping into dangerous shower trays. A wet room is also great for people with limited mobility.

Wet rooms are also a great design option for houses that are designed with odd shaped rooms. They are always made bespoke, and so can be designed to perfectly fit whatever space you have available, from a massive open room, to an unused closet space. At a minimum you need to have a space that is around one meter square. There really is no maximum - this is only dictated by the space you have available, and how much you want to dedicate to a wetroom.

Waterproofing wetrooms is the most important thing you must think about during both the design and construction phase. It's vital that your wetroom is completely waterproof, as even the smallest leak can do real, and really expensive, damage to your house. Usually wet rooms are waterproofed by tanking, a process in which the room is lined with a waterproof membrane. You can tank a room with just one membrane, but it's often best to use a dual layer membrane for extra security.

DIY wet rooms are a great project, but you should only undertake this work if you are very confident of your skills. As mentioned above, if you get something like the waterproofing wrong and spring even the tiniest leak, you will cause a lot of damage to your home, which will be very costly to repair. If you aren't fully confident in your skills but are determined to go ahead, it's a good idea to hire professionals to do some of the work for you, for example the plumbing. Perhaps the biggest benefit of doing your own DIY wetroom is that you can save a lot of money on construction costs.

Wet room maintenance is essential if your wet room is to stand the test of time. Fortunately, one of the best things about wet rooms is that they are really easy to clean and take care of. Pick the right kind of tiles, and you don't really need to do much more than wipe them clean. It's always a good idea to invest in good ventilation to assist with this, and to prevent your wet room from getting damp and growing mold.

Overall, I would very highly recommend a wet room as a great investment. It will add a lot of value to your home, if you ever come to sell. A wetroom will also add immeasurably to your quality of life as you use and enjoy it on a day to day basis.