How to add an ensuite bathroom to a small bedroom

Convert your bedroom cupboard into an ensuite

Are you thinking about adding an ensuite to your home? If you think you don’t have enough space for one think again! An ensuite can be built into the smallest place in your home to provide you with that much-needed second bathroom.

This is an example of a customer who wanted to add a second bathroom to their Victorian home but didn’t have enough space. They desired a private bathroom where they could shower without interruptions.

They decided to put the ensuite in their smallest bedroom, which previously housed an empty cupboard. To save space, they first chose a sliding pocket door. This improved the flow and accessibility to the ensuite and bedroom.

Handmade cabinets were chosen that complemented the aesthetics of their home. To make the most of the available space and provide much-needed storage, a wall cupboard and sink unit were custom-built. A small towel rail was installed, which was tucked in on the wall by the door to take advantage of the available wall space.

To give the ensuite a modern feel, a concealed shower was installed. Allowing the owners to move around in the shower with ease without bumping into the taps and changing the water pressure.

I also used Classi Seal®, a flexible waterproofing solution that ensures no leakage, because leaky shower trays are the number one call back for shower installers.

If you live in the Staffordshire and Cheshire area and are considering installing an ensuite, please get in touch. You can call us on 07533 097 634, send us an email at or learn more about our services

Are bespoke fitted wardrobes worth it?

Are bespoke fitted wardrobes worth it?

Are you weighing up whether bespoke fitted wardrobes are worth it? You know traditional free standing furniture will make your room look clunky and smaller but you can’t decide whether you can justify a bespoke option? You’ve contacted a ‘big name’ supplier for costs and nearly fell off your chair? Sound familiar? According to Which nearly one in ten people choose an independent joiner/carpenter rather than a big brand for their fitted wardrobes.

Bespoke fitted wardrobes

Here are six reasons why you should invest in bespoke fitted wardrobes and why you should use a local joiner/carpenter.

1) More cost effective

One of the main reasons customer opt for a local joiner/carpenters is the cost. Because they offer bespoke solutions they are more likely to provide a solution that meets your budget. Sometimes you don’t need to invest in costly carcasses that big brands supply which can keep your costs lower. Also, smaller firms don’t need to invest in expensive advertising so this cost is not passed onto the customer. Making buying your fitted wardrobes from a local joiner/carpenter far more cost effective.

2) Better design and installation

Local joiner/carpenters provide a totally bespoke unique solution to suit to your needs. This means you are not limited to a certain design or fit and can benefit from a more precise fitted wardrobe that is designed to your specific requirements. Whether this is floor to ceiling wardrobes to maximise the space or being sympathetic to period property features, you can design a solution that’s right for your home. Local joiner/carpenters also rely on word of mouth so they are more likely to offer better quality and service to ensure repeat business. As a local joiner/carpenter I take pride in my work and have a passion for creating unique designs. This offers my customers a better choice when it comes to finding a solution to their bedroom storage needs.

3) Optimise space and make your room feel bigger

When purchasing fitted wardrobes from a local joiner/carpenter you are not buying from a catalogue or showroom. These will be designed specifically to your needs. This means better organisation and space saving for you, especially in bedrooms that require creative solutions to fully maximise on space, such as making use of awkward corners or alcoves. A local joiner/carpenter can adapt shelving and hanging rails that meet your wardrobe needs, so if you want higher hanging space or prefer more shelving this is easily adaptable.

4) Add value to your house

Research shows that adding good quality fitted wardrobes will add value to your house. So, if you are thinking about selling in the near future and are worried about investing in fitted wardrobes, these are actually more likely to attract potential buyers. If in the future you do decide to sell, fitted wardrobes will give you the edge over other sellers, where buyers are looking for storage solutions when considering purchase. A local joiner/carpenter is likely to offer a better quality solution to meet your needs.

5) Better lead times

Using a local joiner/carpenter means you can enjoy your fitted wardrobes much sooner! The average lead time for big brands can range between one to two months with most customers reporting that fitting took longer than planned. According to Which the most common problem customers found getting their fitted wardrobes was due to parts or pieces being damaged. A local joiner/carpenter make every wardrobe in their local workshop which drastically reduces lead times, and because they are made locally damages are unlikely and delivery is quicker, meaning you get your fitted wardrobe much sooner.

6) Better service

One of the best reasons to use a local joiner/carpenter for your bespoke fitted wardrobes is that they offer a better overall service. Experienced joiners/carpenters can come up with creative solutions to match your exact needs and specifications that you just won’t get from big brands. They can work around your existing layout and décor and can create a wardrobe that really fits your room. With skilled joiner/carpenters all work is carried out to a high standard with the flexibility to meet your needs, offering you a better service.

Looking for a local Joiner/Carpenter in Staffordshire and Cheshire

I offer joinery & carpentry services across Biddulph, Congleton, Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme and surrounding areas. If you are looking for a joiner/carpenter in your local area to design and install your fitted wardrobes then get in touch today by giving us a call on 07533 097 634 or email us at Check out our customer reviews here to see what our other customers are saying about us.

Looking for small bathroom ideas?

We have 5 top tips to get the most out of your small space.

When it comes to remodeling a small bathroom, it can be hard to know how to get the most out of the space. If you are looking for small bathroom ideas that will make your whole space look bigger, we have five top tips to help you achieve this.

1) Colour matters

Small Bathroom ideas

Colour matters when designing a small bathroom and it’s the easiest way to make your small bathroom look and feel bigger. You don’t have to keep it magnolia, using soft blues and soothing greens are not only great for reflecting natural light from the window, they are also great for people who are seeking to enhances a bit of wellbeing and tranquility to their home. If you want to add value to your property then blue is the colour for you! According to Homes & Gardens, this colour could add 1.3% to the value of your home!

Don’t just think about the walls, opting for a lighter colour shower curtain, or glass shower doors will allow for maximum light in your small bathroom.

2) Chose the right cabinets

Small Bathroom ideas

Storage is key to keeping your bathroom looking clutter-free. Keeping things off the floor will ensure your bathroom looks and feels much bigger.  Before you start your project it’s worth thinking about what kind of storage you need.  Bespoke units are great for utilising awkward spaces especially if you don’t have much room to work with.  Bespoke cabinets are also made to fit perfectly into your room instead of trying to get off-the-shelf bulky units to fit. Another tip is adding a shelf into the shower and elevating your towel rail to free up that much-needed floor space. 

3) Go slimline

Small Bathroom ideas

In a small bathroom renovation, it’s what’s behind the scenes that matters as well.  There is absolutely no reason why you would consider putting bulky toilets and sinks in a small space especially when there are slimline units available from most bathroom suppliers! In a recent small bathroom renovation, we used a slimline concealed toilet cistern and a compact sink along with tailor-made bespoke units to give that much-needed space without compromising on design.

4) Use a sliding or pocket door

Sliding and Pocket doors

Another option when looking for small bathroom ideas is the door which is a feature that is often overlooked. Adding a sliding or pocket door can really change the use of space and is not as expensive as you may think. There are two options when considering a space saving door. The first is an exposed sliding door which is a great option if you don’t want to knock down your wall but still want to enjoy the benefits, however, you do have to leave wall space free to allow the door to slide.

The second is a pocket door which slides into a frame built into the wall. Although both options save on that much needed space, installing a pocket door gives you even more wall space either side of the door. A pocket door can be added for as little as £400.

5) Choose the right bathroom fitter.

As with everything, it is worth doing your research when choosing a bathroom fitter. Small bathroom renovations can be tricky, especially if you need bespoke cabinetry, so you need to look for someone with the right skills to do the job. Online reviews are a great way to check out how reliable, safe and suitable your bathroom fitter is. At Heritage Joinery we get lots of reviews on rated people that give our potential clients that peace of mind they are looking for.

If you want to create that tranquil bathroom that you have always dreamed of then give us a call on 07533 097 634 or check out our services. We work within the Staffordshire and Cheshire area.

Just remember a small space can still deliver the bathroom of your dreams, with the right design!