Whether you are building or redesigning, one of the most important additions to a home is a spa master bath. It not only increases your home’s value, it adds value to the quality of your life by providing a sanctuary for shutting out the world, reducing stress and restoring vigor.
Creating such a space doesn’t necessarily mean spending a lot of money, although elaborate designs can easily reach six figures. Regardless of your budget, you can achieve great results by incorporating the following seven elements into your bathroom design:
Clean – Most professional spas are clean, neat and organized and there’s no reason why you can’t do the same in your master bath. Find a place for everything, from make-up to cotton balls and shampoo by adding cabinets, shelves, drawers and separators.
Space – The bigger, the better when it comes to spa bathrooms. That means high ceilings, big windows and plenty of room for relaxing.
Light – Soft light helps create a calm mood. Think about adding adjustable light switches, or adding light in unexpected areas such as around the tub or under cabinets.
Warmth – Nothing feels more spa like than being enveloped in warmth before, during and after you bathe. Luxurious touches include towel warmers, radiant tile, steam jets and heated shower seating.
Color – Remember that a spa should be a sensuous experience, so all aspects of it should cater to the senses, including your color choices. Opt for neutrals or soothing or warm colors such as blue, green or yellow.
Nature – It is a proven fact that natural elements such as stone and wood are beneficial to your health, as they do not omit any toxins into the environment. By going green in your home spa, you are promoting health.
Spa tub – Of course, no spa bath would be complete without a spa tub, a place to rest your body and soul. If space is small, consider a corner whirlpool tub or if you have plenty of room, a step down spa or soaking tub.
The powder room, or half-bath, is becoming a more and more popular feature of modern homes. These stylish compartments exude hospitality, providing house guests with a convenient, well-appointed washroom close to the main entertaining area.
If you are thinking of adding a powder room to your home, then you will need to know the basics of powder room design. Although there is always room for embellishments that reflect your personal style, below are the standard features of a powder room.
‘Commode’ is simply another name for the toilet fixture. Powder rooms always have a toilet so that guests can relieve themselves in a room separate from the family bathroom. This allows homeowners to keep the family bathroom private. Because powder rooms are typically small, a low profile toilet or round, small tank toilet can make more sense in a powder room rather than a larger, oval toilet bowl.
The term ‘vanity’ refers to a bathroom unit consisting of a sink or washbasin set into a countertop which rests on a stand or cabinet beneath. In the later case, the term ‘vanity cabinet’ may be used. Sometimes the term ‘vanity base cabinet’ is used to distinguish a vanity cabinet that houses a sink basin from ‘vanity wall cabinet’, a bathroom storage unit not meant to house a sink. Vanity cabinets are useful because they provide space in an otherwise small room to store things like tissues, toilet paper, towels etc. Vanities can also serve the function of concealing plumbing pipes.
With powder room vanities, sink type can vary widely, from raised vessel sinks to oblong or oval undermount sinks. While the vanity is a feature found in most powder rooms, because space is often limited in a powder room, the vanity may be omitted altogether in favor of something more compact like a pedestal sink or a wall mounted sink.
A wall mirror is an essential part of any smart powder room design. A mirror placed flush against the wall (powder rooms typically do not have medicine cabinets) over the sink will go a long way when guests want to tidy up. Mirrors also make a room seem bigger which is particularly appropriate in small-sized powder rooms.
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