Sometimes, building an extension really isn’t an option and you have to work with what you have. This is a build where a customer has managed to squeeze in this downstairs cloakroom. A 4 day under-stairs cupboard to cloakroom conversion illustrating steps taken. Being a small room it was imperative to use light-coloured decor and furniture to make the room feel bigger and less claustrophobic, also using accented lights would help enlarge the room.
Proposed time frame to complete this project was over a long 4 day weekend.
Work brief: Move a stud wall 600mm to create a bigger floor area, fit a new door, re-arrange plumbing and other pipework, fit Calypso’s Fitted Furniture, new lighting, flooring and finally decoration.
Moving on up the property ladder was an exciting prospect. Having fully renovated their first house our clients weren’t afraid of getting stuck into new projects and finally settled on a fairly run down three-bedroom Victorian semi-detached house.
“We knew the house needed renovation in order to create a home for our growing family”
Starting with the kitchen, then the bedrooms, living rooms and finally the upstairs bathroom, the house was renovated. However there was always a small issue: “We felt only having one bathroom wasn’t enough and wanted the upstairs area to be our private area. When guests came round they had to go upstairs to use the bathroom, not really ideal for privacy”!
The first thing was to decide where to locate a downstairs cloakroom, and having read lots of articles on small bathrooms our clients agreed on the most logical place, under the stairs. However, the area was currently being used as a shoe cupboard and was too small, so it would mean pinching space from the kitchen. Researching, they found most of the small bathroom blogs/posts really didn’t say much about conversion or alteration projects, they tended only to state the obvious while showing websites images which were either too cramped, too dark or didn’t include fitted furniture.
A CAD program was used to create the required floor plan and provide a visual image of the finished project. It also indicated accurately the sizes required to make the project work.
“A CAD render was the best way to see our vision”
Luckily most of the critical requirements for a cloakroom were already close to hand. Hot and cold water feeds were well located, the soil pipe was the other side of the external wall, and a previously blocked up window could be reopened thus saving time and money by not having to have any major building or plumbing work done.
Being a small room it was imperative to use light-coloured decor and furniture to make the room feel bigger and less claustrophobic, and using accented lights would also help enlarge the room.
Choosing furniture from the Calypso range, the Chiltern Clay Grey design seemed to tick all the boxes. This was in keeping with the traditional feel but with a modern spin which the house had been completed in so far. Slimline units at 218mm deep were a must in such a tight space.
A Faro 500 LED mirror was chosen for its subtle lighting, fitting perfectly above the basin and in the small area available. It’s LEDs easily produce enough light for the cloakroom, and running costs are so low it can be left on to act as a hallway light. With a few small trinkets added to inject the homely feel, our clients are more than delighted and impressed that our Calypso fitted furniture fits snugly in such a small space.
“Calypso Tip” before you start:
Referring to ‘Part M’ of the building regulations through the online planning portal will help immensely, keeping you in line with current legislation and also providing you with extra knowledge. Your local building control departments are generally approachable and friendly, and are happy to give general guidance over the telephone or by email to ensure you are keeping within the guidelines. They may also outline the requirements of disabled access, drainage, ventilation and the ‘two door’ rule.
Getting a CAD render done will really help with the visual design, and the accurate measurements they automatically produce will help the build to go smoothly.
Get quotes on everything and keep them to hand. To avoid costs running away with you, stick to the original plan!