Designing Your Dream Master Bath
If you’re having a custom home built, or perhaps just remodeling your current home, one of the most exciting designs you could take upon yourself is that of your master bath. Thought of as a private getaway for most couples, or overworked moms at the very least, the master bath is often a place where a higher budget is given when it comes to design and decorating. It’s one of the few places you can shut the door and get away from the kids, and one of the few places you can completely relax in silence.
If you are looking for some tips and ideas for your own master bath redesign, you should consider the following. Planning isn’t always as easy as it seems, especially when you discover what things costs, but following a few guidelines will help you get the most for your money.
Formality – The kind of master bath you want may depend upon how formal or informal your home is. A country bath is quite different from a Victorian or modern style bathroom. The formality of your design will determine whether you use stone flooring, a fancy selection of hardware, even your color scheme.
Cost/Budget – It goes without saying that your budget will highly influence the choices you make in your design. Get the most for your money by compromising on what is least important to you. Decide first what you cannot live without, whether it’s a double sinks, heated floors, granite countertops, a whirlpool tub or a shower big enough for the entire family.
Bathing Preferences – Everyone is unique, and so are our personal habits when it comes to bathing. Some of us prefer showers, while others must have a bath available – and a luxurious one at that. Most master bathrooms have both a shower and a bath, but even then, there are many options to choose from. Double massaging shower heads, a whirlpool bath, old fashion
ed claw foot tub… the choices are almost endless.
Privacy Needs – Depending on where on the floor plan your master bath is located, you may need to take privacy into consideration. Many people like to leave bathroom windows unveiled to let natural light in, but with houses built so close together these days, that’s almost impossible. However, with the use of glass blocks or other building tricks, you can still get privacy without completely blocking out all the light and beauty of the outdoors.
Space Considerations – Planning your new bath will be tricky if you are short on space, so it’s important to sketch out a little diagram of what you’d like to be included before you start ordering materials. If space is no option, your decisions will be what to fill it with. Consider a large walk-in closet, a seated vanity in between double sinks, or his and her toilets. When space is not an issue, you can truly create the master bath of your dreams.
By: Joe Cline
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