No Bathtub? We Did It, Too.
We thought removing the bathtub was risky. What will we do when we have grandchildren sleep over? Won’t we need to change it back when we sell the house?
We’ve been vindicated. In a recent release from the National Kitchen and Bath Association it was reported that more and more, homeowners are foregoing having a bathtub in the master bathroom, in favor of having an enlarged shower stall. Good news for us.
And…shower stalls are becoming more and more elaborate…..sophisticated multi-setting shower heads or “rain heads,” 2 in a stall to accommodate showering with a friend…ceiling lights with changeable settings…built in shower chairs and benches. Frameless shower doors are the rage now, no messy curtains or sliding door tracks anymore and glass block is passé. Lots of natural light is big…sky lights, additional windows…light, bright and airy is avant garde. Statistics show that master bathroom remodels now, across the board, are more important than remodeling of other bathrooms, including powder rooms. Surely their return is much better.
We need water-saving devices – shower heads, faucets and toilets. Bear in mind our new law, effective January 1, 2014…that requires us, when we remodel, to have low-flush toilets and faucets. For new toilets and vanities, comfort height now has surpassed the lower height models of the past. Install Universal Design (accessibility) features…smart for you now and for later, and for when you sell. Can we ever do enough forward thinking and planning?
Single sinks in master bathrooms are yesterday’s way…maintain harmony and increase efficiency with 2. Brushed nickel and chrome are the most popular finishes. Very few homeowners opt for brushed bronze any more.
Other materials that are now “IN?” Ceramic or porcelain floor tiles and vanity tops of quartz. They last a long, long time, and maintenance is e-a-s-y. Allow for lots of storage when you plan your space, there can never be enough for bathroom linens and other supplies.
If you want a tub and the most modern master bathroom go for a free-standing one that’s more spa-like than tub-like…with feet, spray jets and other feature amenities to spoil you.
For 2014, gray color schemes are in vogue, just out-performing the 2013 favorites…bone and beige with white and chrome trim. If you’ve got the space, install a steam shower…so much nicer in your own home rather than at the gym or club.