a.k.a. “How to get the most out of your master bath.”
You’ve decided on a renovation of your 5-piece master bath (shower, bathtub, toilet and two sinks). But what should you do? What can you do? You need ideas? Good, because we’ve got them for you.
We’d like to say first off, that this goes much smoother if you give a call so we can get a feel for your tastes. What works for you may not work for another. There’s only so much research you can do online before you decide to get involved with someone who does this day in and day out (like we do), but here are some ideas to get you started in the right direction.
1-What are you going to do with the toilet? We’d recommend hiding it. That could mean it’s own room, a half wall, or just out of sight. Try to keep discretion in mind and what you plan to do about it.
2-Go with a spa shower. Unless you’re a regular bather which most of us don’t have time for, save the space and use it to go with a larger shower. That means a 4×6 area (or even 5×7) instead of the typical 3×3 space. You can do a lot with the extra square footage. Such as dual heads, steam, body jets, the whole works. Not only will you use it on a daily basis, but it can be a truly elegant centerpiece of your master bathroom. If you add in a seat (which is great for ladies shaving their legs) it can be ready for use in your old age as well, because of the more universal design standards and thinking ahead.
3-Lighting. Look at where it’s coming from. A skylight? Natural light from the window? Beautiful fixtures that you’ve incorporated into the design? Make sure there’s plenty of it because nothing is worse than a cave for a 5-piece bath. This is also a good place to save money since higher priced fixtures aren’t any better, you’re just paying for a more artistic, or different, look.
4-Counter Space. Your vanity countertop usually gets a lot of use. Will your sinks (or vessels) be side by side? Or on separate vanities? How much space will each of you need? Are you thinking tile or natural stone? Try to avoid a lot of grout lines here and keep the space open for your use.
5-Speaking of Space, what about storage? Cabinets, closets, racks, how much space do you want in the immediate vicinity? A good company can help you with design ideas that can be practical while looking great at the same time.
And we can’t finish without mentioning… Don’t go cheap. And we mean this for both labor and materials. Dealing with one of the most used (and important selling points) of your home, the master bathroom, shouldn’t be left to amateurs or cheap materials that won’t last. Aside from the kitchen, this is the place to invest. And the last thing you’ll want to do is to have to do it twice. Have it done right the first time.
Since everyone asks, here’s another bonus tip. Budget for the unexpected. Aside from the $200+ per s.f. (a very ROUGHT estimate) needed for a full renovation, try to have a 20% (to 30%) buffer in your budget for when you decide on a change at the last minute, which hopefully won’t happen, lol.
Questions? We’re just a phone call away and happy to assist. Contact us so we can help you out with whatever you may need.
We offer residential home, kitchen & bathroom remodeling services in: Texas