Of all the rooms in the house which have undergone a change in perception, the most striking difference has been in how designers view the bathroom. The bathroom has ceased to be a place where function is the sole priority and has been transformed into a place where comfort and relaxation are paramount.
Homeowners with bathrooms which are less than stellar have an eye on luxury to create the bathroom of their dreams. Since even a small bathroom can greatly benefit from an upgrade, is it any wonder that bathroom renovations comprise almost 80% of all remodeling projects?
High-end renovations don’t necessarily need a wrecking ball to create a luxurious bathroom. With the right plumber, even a few simple upgrades can transform a bathroom.
The newest trend in showers these days is glass enclosures: the glass opens up the room to make any bathroom seem larger. Niche shelving in the shower creates judicious storage space. Walk-in showers cater to an aging population. Steam showers, a luxury once confined to the spa, can now be had in the comfort of one’s own bathroom.
Baths are now often freestanding or have a stone surround. For the individual who enjoys comfort, a deep soaker tub with a fireplace or flat screen tv are viable options.
Walls and floors
Tile for the walls and floor can be anything from glass mosaic to oversized marble squares which are honed to prevent slipping if they’re on the floor. Tile often covers an entire wall, reaching all the way to the ceiling. Radiant heat floors can keep the whole room warm for added comfort.
Task lighting and layered lighting make a dramatic difference in the ambiance of the bathroom, while at the same time providing illumination. LED strip lighting, chandeliers, recessed lights, sconces and drop lighting are all making an appearance in the bathroom, depending on the needs of the room and whims of the homeowner.
Windows are bigger than ever, and for the bathroom which doesn’t have an outside wall, skylights can be added to bring in the natural light.
Vanities are no longer pressboard entities of a foregone age. Instead, the savvy homeowner who wants a unique vanity has turned to repurposed antique dressers and tables. Even butcher block can make an appearance as a vanity top.
Dramatic fixtures and hardware round out the luxury bathroom. Specialty knobs and hardware which has never seen the inside of a big box store create a one-of-a-kind bathroom which caters to the needs and whims of a homeowner with distinctive tastes.
With more options than ever before, homeowners are remodeling their bathrooms into places of opulent comfort and inspired convenience. The modern bathroom, no longer the cold, damp places of the past, have burst onto the remodeling scene and are here to stay and be enjoyed by all. If you’re considering a bathroom remodel, give us a call.