Nothing conveys and inspires thoughts of relaxation like the anticipation of a rejuvenating spa experience. The appeal of spa environments and treatments is timeless and universal. Both men and women and men enjoy the benefits and restorative effects of treating oneself to a little pampering and down time. Instead of going out to a professional spa, why not create a space for the ultimate spa retreat in the privacy of your own home?
Designing a private spa is easier than ever with innovative, cutting-edge products offering the gamut of basic to ultimate luxury bath experiences. Creating your retreat may involve a complete new bathroom design or renovation incorporating a multitude of special features. Alternatively, simply integrating pampering products into an existing space can provide a pleasing spa experience with a more budget-conscious focus.
A spa bath retreat is in essence an extension of your master bedroom. These two spaces together create a personal enclave and represent the most intimate of areas in your home. The experience should be one of sanctuary and a private retreat from the world. The design should reflect your taste and style while blending seamlessly with the décor of your home.
To maximize design and construction dollars, it is essential to create a bathroom design that is an enduring and ageless solution. Trends come and go, so careful selection of fixtures, hardware, lighting, colors, and materials ensures longevity. Although not always possible, the most efficient designs utilize existing locations for plumbing and electrical fixtures. This results in a reduction of day-to-day disruption and helps minimize costly rework. If a new design is not on your horizon, many spa-like experiences can be enjoyed with specialty products created for pampering regimens or beauty treatments.
An important privacy but space-hogging design is a wall-enclosed toilet room. Nothing else offers the same sense of privacy solitude, but a low wall can offer a moderate sense of privacy and not impact the space plan so dramatically. Would you like a bidet? Check out space-saving combo fixtures. Dual sinks are nice if the space is available and the plumbing is present. If not, perhaps a second counter and well-lit mirror area will suit the need and save space and cost.
Especially in renovations where square footage is at a premium, choosing to convert an area to a spa-equipped, enlarged and enhanced shower is a great option. Although a soaking tub or whirlpool looks great and is instantly a visual cue toward relaxation, the space may be better utilized for a more frequently used function. Larger showers, perhaps accommodating two, allow for features including rain heads, body sprays, and steam units. There are new electronic controls with customized settings to meet individual preferences. On a practical note, verify that available water velocity and pressure meet the performance requirements of the specific fixtures.
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