This article shows how we helped a customer in Leeds with their narrow en suite.

Project Date: May 2018

Project Price Range: £1,000 – £9,999

My wife and I hired Chris to squeeze an en-suite into our (rarely used) dining room to facilitate its use as a guest room.

The project was completed on schedule, and within our budget. Chris and his team clearly know their business. Projects like this typically encounter one or two issues along the way which could not have been forseen – this was no exception, but these were resolved creatively, professionally and without fuss. We are delighted with the quality of the work, and would have no hesitation in recommending Chris and his team to others.

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How we helped our customer


Our customer wanted to know whether they could add an en suite into the corner of their room…..

… we helped them refine a plan that would work in their space. (The original plan was to also add a kitchenette but this plan was later scaled back for various reasons.)

Once the planning and procurement had all been sorted, installation could begin….

Prior to installation

We started by getting set up, covering things that would get REALLY dusty or damaged otherwise….

Project managed installation

We then started the installation of the en suite which included the tight project management of the following trades:

  • Labourers
  • Joinery
  • Plumbing
  • Electrics
  • Plastering
  • Painting & decorating
  • Tiling
  • LVT floor fitting
  • Cleaning up!

Also, at the same time we also managed:

  • Waste disposal
  • Tile procurement & deliveries
  • Bathroom suite procurement & deliveries
  • All general building materials

Oh, and we also organised the local council to come and certify the work…

The end result

We re-used the existing Dado rail and matched the paint colours to ensure the en suite complimented the existing room.

The en suite was positioned & sized appropriately, and various compromises had to be made in this respect, notably making it only 76cm wide internally (the width of the smallest shower tray).

Inside the very narrow en suite, we squeezed:

  • An electric towel radiator is controlled by a timer.
  • A wall-hung basin.
  • A wall-hung toilet with a concealed cistern.
  • A shower enclosure with bi-fold door, thermostatic shower & vented fan to control the steam.

Careful planning was required as the room was so narrow:

  • We used wall-hung fixtures (WC & basin) to keep the floor space clear to give a sense of space.
  • We chose a basin with a short projection so that it would be functional but would not obstruct users of the en suite from passing it.
  • We used the new stud wall to conceal the toilet cistern, meaning that the toilet pan protruded out less into the room than would have been necessary otherwise.
  • We used a bifold shower door that opened into the shower enclosure to avoid it clashing with any other fixtures.
  • We carefully planned the arc of the door so it didn’t clash with the radiator or basin.

Want to do your own?

There are many things to consider when adding an en suite.

This installation threw up a few challenges relating to drainage and ventilation, but that is why careful design & planning by an experienced fitter is invaluable.

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It will help you with your project if you are thinking about doing a similar job.


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