A luxury bathroom may seem more like a necessity these days. As the pandemic forced many of us to stay at home for long periods of time, the bathroom became a sanctuary, a place to recoup with a long soak in a hot tub. It also gave some homeowners the opportunity to take a closer look at their existing bathroom and assess what works well and what doesn’t and consider a bathroom remodeling or renovation project.
Clients now expect a thoughtful execution big on functionality as well as beauty, which translates into more subtle colors; more storage; open, walk-in showers for greater accessibility and ease-of-use; and floor-to-ceiling glass for drama as well as improved visibility. Features such as floating vanities and large tiles help to create a more expansive atmosphere, especially in smaller spaces. Beauty will always be a goal in spa-like bathroom design, while ensuring that luxury does not compromise functionality.
Higher-end hotels have put a lot of thought and research into bathroom design to pamper customers and gain a competitive edge in a highly-competitive industry. That may explain why so many bathroom renovation clients express an interest in making their bathrooms more “like a nice hotel” to create a more enjoyable experience.
There are a number of new bathroom features that have become popular in response to current trends in design as well as enhanced, pandemic-inspired hygiene:
Today, the bathroom has moved front and center as the must-have remodeling project for many homeowners interested in rethinking and updating their homes. No longer an uninspiring space relegated to just personal hygiene, a custom bathroom can be an energizing as well as contemplative personal spa that will enable you to relax, rejuvenate, and get ready to face the world again.
Some other popular features finding their way into bathroom renovations of all sizes include:
Remember that room off the kitchen with the washer, dryer, toilet, and sink? That’s disappearing fast. It’s being replaced by the improved powder room to make guests feel pampered, not put out, forced to use what looks like a utility closet. New designs include features such as custom vanities with pull-out step stools and dramatic vessel sinks that look like they belong in a high-end hotel.
The latest in bathroom design is increasingly sophisticated, creative, and even technologically advanced to meet growing client demand for the latest in convenience, safety, and comfort. All of this comes at some cost – how much or how little depends on the client’s wants, needs, preferences, and desires.
Some might say, “Wow, but this is just a bathroom.” And while that may be true to some extent, it’s important to remember that the bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the house. It’s where you start and end your day. What that experience is like often dictates how positive or negative your entire day is. That’s why you want to make whatever time you spend in the bathroom as pleasurable as possible.
The custom nature of the bathrooms we are talking about here is unique design work, where all of the details matter and can make or break a bathroom experience. Bathroom renovations are one of the top home renovation projects. These are spaces and fixtures you use constantly and have not only an impact on how your daily experience, but also have a major impact on resale value. Bathrooms are one of the first things people look at when they walk through during an open house.
It helps to look at a bathroom renovation not as an expense, but an investment. You are investing in the quality of your home, your daily life, and the resale value of your house. Your bathroom is the most personal and private space in your home – don’t you want the best you can afford?
Regardless of the size of your bathroom or your investment in it, there’s no question that bathrooms are increasingly being transformed into private retreats, designed to offer all the modern conveniences in a spa-like environment. Working with a bathroom design specialist and a good design/build team will help you get the most value out of your investment and the most enjoyment out of your bathroom.
To learn more about the home renovation design process, please read our eBook, “Expert Design Tips to Improve Your Home's Form and Function.” And if you are ready to speak about your next renovation, please schedule a home renovation discovery session.