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Overwhelmed by 2020? Create an At-Home Spa with these Bathroom Remodel Ideas

2020 has been a challenging year. According to the American Psychological Association, 2 in 3 adults say they have experienced increased stress over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Self-care has never been more important, but it can be hard to find the time, and options to leave your home for stress-reducing activities — like a spa day — are limited, due to safety precautions.

With that said, why not create a spa experience right inside your home? Now is the perfect time for that spa-like bathroom remodel you’ve been wanting!

Not only can you unwind by taking a relaxing shower or bath, but by making the space more inviting and comfortable, you can bring ease to everyday tasks, like getting ready in the morning. Below are a few ways that you can turn your bathroom into a tranquil retreat.

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Build a Separate Tub and Shower

If you have the space, install a separate bathtub and shower as part of your bathroom remodel. This is the ultimate indulgence when it comes to pampering yourself and self-care! Doing so allows you to pick more unique shower and bathtub options, like a soaking tub or steam shower, for example. It also provides the opportunity to bring in some additional aesthetics. A beautiful freestanding tub can be a focal point of a bathroom, as can a shower with ornate tilework. 

Additionally, if you enjoy taking a bath and your partner enjoys a shower, you can both get ready at the same time. A few things to keep in mind:

  • By keeping your shower and bathtub close to each other, the cost to install water supply lines and waste systems will be lower, if they’re on the same wall.
  • Check that both your hot water heater and your water pressure can handle a big bathtub’s demands.
  • Freestanding tubs come in all different shapes and sizes, even if your bathroom footprint isn’t huge, a separate tub still might fit. 
  • There are a lot of different fixtures and amenities to add, like a rain showerhead, dual showerheads, and jets. 

Introduce Neutral Paint and Simple Decor

When it comes to your spa-like bathroom remodel, it’s important to evoke a feeling of relaxation. You can easily do this through paint and decor selections.

  • Choose paint colors that are neutral and calm – not bold or bright.
  • Mix textures to introduce some variety (e.g. floors, backsplashes, shower tile, etc.). Just remember to keep them all within the same color scheme.
  • Add fresh or faux flowers and candles. This will add sophistication to the space.
  • Create storage solutions to stay organized and tidy. Give a home to towels, washcloths, etc. 
  • Install lighting on multiple switches or dimmers, so you can adjust the light levels depending on what you need and your mood.

Bring Ultimate Luxury with Heated Floors
No one likes cold tile, especially in the winter! Instead, step out of the shower or tub onto a warm floor.

Ceramic and stone tiles are ideal for bathrooms, and also ideal for heated floor coverings. And, while heated floors can be expensive, they are affordable in smaller areas, such as bathrooms! Discuss with your contractor the best heating source/option for your bathroom – there are electric and water-based systems.

Are you interested in learning more about our bathroom remodels and how we can uniquely transform your space into a spa-like oasis? Or perhaps you have another project in mind that you’d like to discuss? We’d love to hear from you!

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To tub, or not to tub. That is the bathroom remodel question.

Is a bathtub the right option for your bathroom remodel?

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When remodeling a hall or master bathroom, some homeowners have elected to remove bathtubs in favor of enclosed shower stalls. A variety of factors from lifestyle preference, to resale value, to safety concerns have contributed to this trend. But a growing number of homeowners are adopting a hybrid approach that allows them to keep their bathtubs, while also incorporating a low or zero threshold shower. The bathroom featured here is a good example of this hybrid approach.

While there is no right or wrong answer, whether or not to maintain a bathtub in the space is an important question to consider when planning a bathroom renovation. If your family members enjoy a regular, or even an occasional soak in the bathtub, then the answer is most likely “Yes”.

At Custom Craft, when we meet with clients to plan a bathroom remodel, we ask numerous lifestyle questions like this to learn how you currently use your existing space, any frustrations you are experiencing, as well as your goals for the new space. By taking the time to fully understand your needs, we can better deliver a renovated space that will provide long-term satisfaction.

As always, if you have any questions on a planned bathroom or other home renovation project, feel free to reach out to us at 610-584-0665.


Considerations for your bathroom remodel

Rainshower-Bath2When discussing bathroom design with our clients, storage needs are inevitably brought into the conversation. Most clients have concerns about the lack of storage space in their current bathrooms which leads to messy, cluttered counters among other challenges. Not surprisingly, in nearly every bathroom we design, additional storage space is a major design objective. Here are a few storage options to consider for your next bathroom:

  • Cabinetry above vanity
  • Custom drawers and cabinets with electric receptacles
  • Tall storage units
  • Open storage spaces

Features for the Shower

An often overlooked, but critical area for storage is around the shower and tub. Corner shelves are commonly used, but a better option is a storage niche if budget allows. A niche is more costly since it involves additional labor and materials. With that said, the cost is offset by the ample benefits they offer including more convenient access to bottles of cleansers, space efficiency, and aesthetics. From a designer’s perspective, a niche also allows for more creativity within the tile design.

Benches for larger shower areas, or foot ledges in smaller showers, are also on the must have list. A few other must haves are grab bars for current needs or planning for the future. Fortunately, the grab bar style, size and finish options are not as limited as they were at one time. It is very likely that you can find a style that compliments the plumbing fixtures that will be used.

For plumbing fixtures, more than one shower head is often desired. If more than one person uses the shower, preferences may differ. One family member may want a rain shower mounted to the ceiling or wall to provide a spa-like experience, while another may prefer a hand shower on a slide-bar which gives more flexibility. The latter also comes in handy for cleaning the shower.

As for shower doors, there are numerous options. Depending on budget, there are standard sizes with finish options or there are custom sizes using framed or frameless doors and panels.

Another consideration is a curbless shower. The advantage of this style is that it reduces the risk of tripping and falling while entering or exiting the shower. Regardless of age, many homeowners are selecting this style of shower because of its clean, streamlined look.

More Bathroom Ideas

For more bathroom design ideas, please view our Houzz Bathroom Shower Organization Ideabook. This should inspire you for your upcoming project. As always, if you have any questions about your bathroom remodel, please do not hesitate to contact us at (610) 584-0665, or via email at: