A stylish bathroom in the eaves of a Tudor cottage

A stylish bathroom in the eaves of a Tudor cottage
July 3, 2018 Richard Hibbert

Owners of a 400 year old cottage in Long Melford, Suffolk wanted to update their bathroom and future proof it for their older age.

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Our client’s bathroom, in the eaves of their Tudor property, had been installed some years before and was in need of an update. The existing bathroom furniture including a bath, a basin, a toilet and bidet was a bit squeezed into the small space and the gaps between furniture created dust traps making it hard to keep clean. As well as updating the bathroom, and making better use of the space, our client wanted to future proof the bathroom so that it would be accessible for them in future years.


The first change we proposed was to replace the bath with a large built in shower. Because the shower is under the eaves, a custom made shower enclosure from Aqata was required. The shower offers a nice, big space and the shape of the enclosure, following the eaves, creates a unique feature for the room. We suggested a Hansgrohe Raindance shower and a Keuco shower basket which includes an integrated squeegee to make it easy to keep the shower clean.

In order to create more space in the room we were able to replace the toilet and bidet with an Aquaclean shower toilet that does the job of both. We built in a stud wall to house the cistern and frame and to hide the soil pipe improving the room’s presentation and avoiding gaps for dust to collect.

The existing vanity unit was updated with a stylish Villeroy & Boch Subway 2.0 two drawer unit, ceramic basin and Focus 100 mixer tap with a Hib illuminated mirrored cabinet above and square magnifying mirror.

We removed the original clay quarry tile flooring and replaced them with aesthetically pleasing and easy to clean, Karndean Solis tiling in ‘Opus’. The Karndean flooring has improved the acoustics upstairs and is a hard-wearing solution.

The Zehnder Subway heated towel rail in ‘Beige Quartz’ is another addition to the room which not only makes the room look more contemporary but is practical as well.

To ensure that the bathroom is accessible when our clients get older, we added nice looking accessories including a built in shower seat and Keuco grab rails in the shower and by the toilet. The addition of a stool, will also allow our clients to sit rather than stand in front of the basin and illuminated mirror.

“This bathroom now feels cleaner, more accessible and up to date. In the process of updating this room, we have achieved a lovely new bathroom that will work well for our clients now and in the future.”

– Steve Clarke

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