1. A Glass-enclosed, Walk-in Shower
It’s not a surprise that glass-enclosed, walk-in showers are such a big trend. They look elegant and they add a lot of functionality without occupying a lot of visual space. There is also a comfort/safety component to these larger, sleek showers. Installing a shower that has no lip makes it easier to step in and removes tripping danger—especially for mature adults. And if you’re thinking ahead about Universal Design, you can add additional features such as built-in seating that matches the walls along with elegant-looking grab bars.
2. An Elegant Soaking Tub
Stand-alone soaking tubs have become increasingly popular in the last few years. If you want to create a comfortably beautiful spa-like space where you can relax at the end of the day, a stand-alone soaking tub can be very inviting. In addition to looking great, these beautiful tubs are much more compact than the bulky whirlpool tubs homeowners installed years ago.
3. Windows and Coverings
The windows and coverings you include can make a world of difference in your bathroom remodel. On the one hand, you’ll want to ensure privacy so that you can enjoy your solitude in comfort. On the other hand, if you’re fortunate enough to have a nice view from your master bathroom, you may want the ability to easily open shades to let you enjoy the scenery. Either way, you’ll want to let in as much natural light as possible to make the room feel open (and larger).
4. Concealing the Commode
While the design of toilets has come a long way over the years, some people simply don't like having to stare at a commode when they are getting ready for work in the morning or winding down their day in the evening. For that reason, it's become increasingly popular to conceal the commode in a separate space of its own. The footprint of your existing bathroom may determine whether this is feasible for you or not. One thing to consider is that you don't have to create a separate room for the toilet. Having a wall—or even a half wall may provide the look you’re after. In the image here (from a recent Master bathroom remodel) you can see that we were able to “hide” the commode off to the side of the shower.
5. Finishing Touches
Sometimes the delights are in the details. Adding finishes touches can make even a ho-hum bathroom beautiful and comfortable. Think about the tile in your shower. You can make it simple and sleek, or you can get adventurous with multiple colors or even patterns. The same goes for the fixtures you install for your sinks, tub, and shower. You may even want to include multiple showerheads—or a detachable shower head that allows for showering while seated. And for an added touch of luxury, you may want to talk to your remodeler about putting in a steam shower.
There is no need to settle for a boring bathroom! Your personal taste—and your budget—are the only things that should constrain you. We invite you to visit the “Bathrooms” section of our Project Gallery for ideas and inspiration.