When it comes to remodeling your bathroom, the process of narrowing down the options is daunting. Possibly you will not be able to do it all—no matter how much luxury you build into the space, there is always “just one more thing” you could add. That is why taking the time to seriously review how you use the space and setting goals for your remodel will keep you on track as you make important decisions about floor plan, fixtures, tile, colors and more.
While you are brainstorming ideas for your new bathroom, cut out pictures from magazines and learn about various bathroom design layouts to gain inspiration. This process will help visualize what you are looking for; also it will help your architect and the contractor guide you in the right direction that would be pleading to you.
The bathroom sanctuary is more than just a toilet, sink, shower and/or tub. The master bathroom, especially, is where you can get away from it all and unwind at the end of the day. It is a place to soak away your worries and daily stress, perhaps by candlelight or with soft music playing in the background. When you step out of the tub, your feet touch a naturally warm surface, and you can easily access bath linens. You step up to a vanity with a sink that pours water without splashing, and cabinets contain your appliances already plugged in – all these are luxuries that you can add in your bathroom. You could do this when you are not in a hurry, otherwise you could hop into the shower with the water temperature pre-programmed and go.
The master bathroom design is about function and setting a relaxing mood. Chances are, this room is shared and space allowances must be made for two. Master bathrooms and dressing rooms could be designed at the same time, since the dressing room often serves as the entryway to the master bath.
The following are some of the questions and considerations to ponder as you dream up your future master bath:
How many adults will use the space at one time?
What activities aside from usual bathroom fare take place in this room?
Do you want to incorporate a dressing room?
Do you prefer to take a bath or shower?
Would you rather have more counter space or two vanity sinks?
Do you have enough space or do you want the bathroom to be larger?
What features are currently in the bathroom that you would like to remove?
What features would you like to add to your new master bath?
Are there enough electrical outlets to suit your needs?
Which areas need better lighting?
What type of storage would you like to have?
What color scheme do you prefer?
Spacious Showers. Today’s showers can include body sprays, rain shower heads, hand showers, multiple shower heads, therapeutic lights, seats, and infinity drains. A step-in shower without a curb (Roman style shower) is safe for people of all ages. Some individuals are choosing to bundle the shower and tub in a “room,” by placing the freestanding tub in the center of the shower zone. The room’s dimensions can be 6 x 8 or 6 x 9 feet. “The tub floats in that shower space and it looks very sculptural of the completely tiled area within the master bath.
Deep soaker tubs. Tubs are optional in the master bath. But if a good soak is how you like to unwind, you can add bubbly with today’s effervescent tubs and those featuring heated air jets that emit warmth and bubbles. These are replacing water-jet Jacuzzi tubs. Also, tubs are less likely to be positioned in a corner where they take up valuable square footage. Tubs are smaller but still made for two. You might want to consider a separate water heater for the tub if you use it often.
Separate toilet rooms. Hiding the loo behind closed doors within the master bath gives everyone more privacy, especially when the space will be used by more than one person at a time. Ventilation and lighting are key in this closed off space, and it is nice to a dedicated vanity with storage if possible.
Vanity privacy. Dual sink vanities gain privacy when a shelving unit is posited between the sinks.
Sink style. Under mounted sinks offer a sleek look and make counter top cleanup a cinch.
Heated floors. Nothing says luxury like stepping on to a warm, tile floor. Radiant heat can be placed below tiles for a reasonable price or radiant heat mats that do not use a lot of energy are an option for specific areas in the bathroom.
Other considerations. A natural color scheme will create a timeless, peaceful environment, from fixtures to tile. Recycled glass tiles are “here to stay,” according to Perrin, and placed sporadically throughout the bathroom, they provide interest without making the space busy.
Other features to consider:
Cabinets that look like furniture pieces with footed legs and antique detail.
Tile that scales the entire wall, borrowed from European design
An upholstered chair or loveseat.
Television or stereo system built into cabinetry or behind the mirror in the case of the TV.
Heated towel racks—or, as an alternative, a warming drawer that would be installed in a kitchen can efficiently do the job of warming linens in the bathroom.
Expanded windows and skylights to let in natural light
The use of Japanese-style screening in walls separating the toilet and rest of bathroom so the space feels open yet private.