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En-Suites in Attics

There are three things to consider when planning an en-suite in your attic conversion.

  1. The space it will take up

  2. The power, or lack of it, in your water pressure.

  3. The height of your roof.

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A typical attic en-suite consists of an electric shower, tray, glass door, toilet and basin in a small room with Velux window and light.

Let’s look at what to consider:

  1. The space it will take up
    The ideal place for an en-suite is tucked away in the corner beside the new stairs where it won’t take space from the attic room. But, unless your roof is very high it won’t fit there, although a simple toilet and hand basin might. The alternative is at the end of the room along the neighbours’ wall. In this location the floor space will be around 8 feet by 3 feet.
  2. The power, or lack of it, in your water pressure
    Because the cold water tank in its new location will be lower than the en-suite fittings we can’t take the water supply from there. We have to break into the mains supply before it reaches the tank so we are relying on the house having very good water pressure or else the shower and taps won’t work very efficiently. The alternative is to install a ‘negative head’ pump and draw hot and cold water from the hot press to the attic. This adds considerable expense to the cost of the en-suite.
  3. The height of your roof
    You should have a reasonable height in the attic if you want a shower installed. You need to be able to stand comfortably in the stall without the risk of banging your head on the ceiling. And the glass door needs a decent ceiling height to open and close. Sometimes it’s necessary to have a ‘made to measure’ door, failing that a shower curtain might have to do. The en-suite waste pipes should ideally have a short run to exit the house and connect up with the existing bathroom pipes on the outside wall.