WHERE SHOULD I SPLURGE ON A BATHROOM REMODEL?

SOLUTION ONE

If you are looking for your bathroom to be spa-like splurge on steam shower or soaking tub

SOLUTION TWO

If you are looking for the visual “wow” factor splurge on tiles

SOLUTION THREE

If you are sharing and want everyone happy splurge on creating a custom layout and space

SOLUTION ONE

If you are looking for your bathroom to be spa-like splurge on steam shower or soaking tub

If you are trying to rival your favorite hotel or spa experience spend the money on a luxurious soaking tub or a soothing steam shower. If you can, do both!

Not everyone is a “bath person” but those who are love nothing more than to be chin deep in water infused with a bath bomb that can wipe away any memory of a subway, toddler meltdown or high-pressure business deal. For those of you serious about your bath experience look for a bathtub that is at least 18″ deep (standard tubs are 14″-17″ deep).

Next is to decide on a style. Drop-in tubs are good for conserving space. They can be placed in a corner flush against a wall. A free-standing tub will act as a showpiece and will need a little more room. If you crowd a freestanding tub next to a vanity or linen closet it will lose the visual impact most people choose this option for.

Not a tub person (or you are and want both)? A steam shower is a great option if you are a speaker, singer, athlete or just a person who could use a relaxing spot to clear your mind. Steam showers have health benefits as well:

  • helps stiff muscles
  • detoxing
  • skin rejuvenation
  • opens up nasal passages
  • reduces stress

If you are adding a steam shower make sure there is room for a bench to be built in or a chair to sit on. 

SOLUTION TWO

If you are looking for the visual “wow” factor splurge on tiles

If you want to really impress with your bathroom spend the money on amazing tiles.

The first surface to consider is the floor. The larger your floor space the larger the pattern you can select. From there you can design borders and inlays to really feature the tile and make the work look custom.

Consider the material as well. It is not recommended to put a glossy marble in a bathroom where there is a lot of movement and bare feet.

Next surface to consider is the walls, starting with the shower. First, you should only splurge here if you have glass walls to your shower and the tile design can be appreciated. If you have a shower curtain than the floor is the area you want to spend your time and money. A great option for a glass shower is to do an inlay tile design on the largest wall. Another option is full slabs of stone for each wall. The seams are reduced and the look has a huge impact when you walk in the room. 

If you are splurging on an amazing tile for both the floor and the walls make sure that they coordinate. If you do not trust yourself shop in a series with options that are selected to look good together. Otherwise, color tones and pattern can help you narrow down the best matches.

SOLUTION THREE

If you are sharing and want everyone happy splurge on creating a custom layout and space

Sometimes what will bring the most joy out of a bathroom is when everyone is happy. If you are designing a bathroom that multiple people will share, whether it is siblings or spouses, sometimes the best option is to consider how the bathroom will be used.

For siblings sharing it can be as easy as partitioning off the toilet from the sink so that someone can brush their teeth while someone else uses the facilities in private.

Planning for spouses can be more complicated. You will need to sit down and plan what each person’s priorities are. It could be a water closet (separate room for the toilet), a separate vanity to get ready, custom storage options, extra large shower, etc. Make a list of everything you both want out of the space and then do a draft. You each get to slide an item over and create a master list of your essential items in the order of how much you want them. This way you both get your high priority items and will likely have to both make sacrifices too.

Custom cabinets are great solutions for utilizing every square inch and personalizing your storage.

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