lf space is at a premium, it may be worth considering abandoning the idea of a bathtub completely in favour of a shower room in a small house or flat. It is also a compact solution if you want a second bathroom. A self – contained cubicle takes up barely one square metre of floor space. As well as in the bathroom itself, there are plenty of other places where a shower can be installed: the corner of a bedroom, possibly behind cupboard doors; in an unused alcove; at the end of a corridor; even under the stairs. lt’s no good installing a shower into such a tight corner that there’s no room outside the cubicle to keep towels or to undress or dry yourself, so allow a minimum of 70cm square close by.
Look at the sizes of shower trays and enclosures carefully before buying. It may be tempting to fit a very small one into a tiny area but make sure it is big enough to use comfortably. Don’t be afraid to climb inside the enclosure in the showroom to see how it feels.
Water and electricity make dangerous partners but, used properly, can be perfectly safe. Light bulb holders in bathrooms must have extended covers to avoid the possibility of electric shocks. If fittings are likely to get wet, make sure you choose those which are enclosed. Pull-cord switches are the only safe type to use in a bathroom. The only sockets you should ever have in a bathroom or shower room are shaver points which have such a low cut-out point that the chance of getting a shock is virtually nil. Large electrical appliances, such as wall heaters or washing machines must be permanently wired into a sealed socket and positioned out of reach of anyone using water.