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Catch onto the en-suite craze.

Byline: By Yvonne Jones

En suite is the interior design buzz word right now. Everybody wants one.

People with large homes go as far as to attach an en-suite bathroom to every bedroom. But what if you are pushed for space?

En suite fever has driven most of the leading bathroom manufacturers to create items that fit into a limited area. If you have a slot the size of a wardrobe, you can rest assured someone will make a bathroom suite to suit.

With the contemporary emphasis on aesthetics, a great deal of effort has gone into making even the tiniest of bathrooms look attractive too.

The smaller the space the greater the need to plan effectively, and measure accurately. With meticulous planning a tiny area can be transformed from an unfeasibly cramped tardis to something compact but perfectly functional.

A company called Aston Matthews (0207 226 7220/ offers the ultimate in Lilliputian bathroom fittings. The Ergo Range has a corner loo and handbasin that can be slotted into 1m of wall space - perfect if you decide to convert the cupboard under the stairs into a second loo.

A segment of a bedroom can also be sliced off to make way for an en suite of this size.

The Aston Matthews WC costs pounds 210, and the basin pounds 140, making it an affordable proposition. There's also a choice of stainless steel and mirror corner cabinets from pounds 116.

Ideal Standard's space-saving range (01482 346 461/ makes use of every available inch. Loo seats can be angled to the left or right to fit snugly into your particular space. There are also compact corner basins (pounds 79) for sneaking into a tight space, corner close-coupled loos (pounds 360) and a 120cms bath (pounds 272).

B&Q's (0845 222 1000/ Barcelona option starts at pounds 239.00 and includes a WC and basin conveniently styled for a modest area, but still boasting some panache.

And if you don't have room for a conventional shower tray and enclosure, then consider tiling the entire area, making a wet room.

Wedi Systems (visit for stockists) provides an innovative selection of wet room essentials plus some very stylish options for tiled walk-in showers.

Yvonne, one of Wales' leading interior designers, trained at the Royal College of Art. Her designs and a broad range of products can be seen at the Chameleon Interiors showroom in Cardiff. Tel: 029 2037 1277.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 25, 2005
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