Coming clean with bathroom design
by Eric Phillips
There’s a nationwide bathroom dilemma. If the room where you get spruced up is beginning to look washed up, then a remodeling project might be the solution. According to professional remodelers around the Triangle, today’s homeowners view updating their bathrooms as an investment more than a cost for a room that gets used every day.
In fact, bathroom remodeling has given new license to indulging in design options in the one relaxing room where pampering is encouraged. And the journey begins with the experience in mind.
Whether it’s rest and relaxation, entertainment and solitude, or a better environment that’s also kind to the environment, these design trends offer a little bit of everything for the right results.
For many consumers, the bathroom in today’s modern home has become the one room where people can escape and relax. It offers privacy and space to seek refuge. It’s no wonder that more homeowners have introduced spa-like design elements to turn their haven into a heaven.
Amenities are limitless, with design options that include heated floors, steam showers and towel warmers. Rather than stealing away for an expensive vacation, consumers are spending where it counts by transforming their own master bathrooms into the exquisite retreat of a hotel spa.
Complimented by a soothing color palette, custom cabinetry, oil-rubbed bronze fixtures and ambient lighting, a spa-themed bathroom exudes luxury. In return, each day can be an escape.
Speaking of escape, today’s homeowner also tends to spend more time in the bathroom these days as well. This means a rising demand for piping in more than just hot water. What the real technology gurus want from their bath design is entertainment.
In a high-end hideout, today’s market offers everything from flat-screen televisions and hidden refrigerators to CD and DVD players and fog-free mirrors.
For those with no room for a bulky TV, modern technology has introduced digital ones that are hidden behind a mirror and are visible only when turned on. From wi-fi to sci-fi, bathroom options have gone high-tech for high impact.
Making less of an impact on the environment has seeped into bathroom design as well. By incorporating environmentally friendly materials, recycling fixtures and going green while getting clean, the modern bathroom has experienced an evolution.
From stain-based concrete floors and refinished tubs to recycled glass tiles and solar-heated water, bathroom design is offering options that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are energy efficient.
Fixture designs also have progressed to include toilets that use less water, tankless water heaters that don’t waste energy and ventilation systems that promote cleaner air.
When considering a bathroom remodel, get your feet wet by visiting a design center or seeking a consultation. With no obligation but the sharing of information, it’s the best start to a happy finish.
Eric Phillips is vice president and general manager of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of the Triangle, a full-service remodeling company in Apex. To learn more, call the company at (919) 821-9005 or visit www.dreammaker-triangle.com.