Five Concepts to Consider as You Remodel Your Master Bathroom

A modern residential bathroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Because many of our clients use their bathrooms for relaxation, a clean, uncluttered space is key to their enjoyment.

You spend hours every week in your master bathroom. From a quick shower on the way to work to a relaxing evening bath to soak away your aches and pains, your master bathroom is a haven in your busy life. Everyone wants a bathroom that is a reflection of their personal style, as well as delivering comfort and convenience. When the time comes to renovate or upgrade your master bath, it is vital to plan every detail to make sure you get the most from your “getaway” space.

Here are five things you need to keep in mind as you plan for your home remodel.

1. Layout

One of the most important things you need to keep in mind during a renovation is floor space. When you redo your bathroom, you have to think about where the plumbing is currently running. While you could move the commode or shower, for example, it will add cost and time to the project. The key is to take advantage of the space you have and let the new layout serve your needs.

After remodel: full custom master bathroom

Many of our homeowners have upgraded their bathroom showers to steam systems, body sprays and personal showers.

2. Lighting

It is easy to overlook the importance of lighting in your bathroom. However, think about how important it actually is. Many people rely on bright lighting to make it easier to apply makeup or shave while having lighting that can be dimmed makes for a more comforting, spa-like atmosphere when relaxing in the bathtub. During your renovation think about how lighting should factor into your plans.

About half of our renovated master bathrooms have totally eliminated the tub.

About half of our renovated master bathroom clients have replaced their bathtubs with multifunctional high-end showers.

3. Ventilation

The right ventilation will not only make for a more comfortable showering or bathing experience, but it can keep your space in better shape. A ventilation system will prevent moisture from ruining your paint or pulling the wallpaper from your accent wall. Make sure that you include a ventilation system in your renovation--it will pay off on a day to day basis as well as saving you money on future repairs.

For tub lovers with available space, freestanding tubs are the choice for enjoying a soothing soak at the end of the day.

4. Stylistic Elements

If you want your master bathroom to have that spa-like atmosphere that you crave, you need more than just a tub and toilet. Adding some stylistic elements to this room will make it much more appealing and help show off your own personal style. While the flooring and wall coverings may be your top concern, there are more items to think about during your renovation. Consider decorating options that add form as well as function--such as high-end countertops, a modern towel rack, and perfectly-chosen accessories.

The most popular materials for shower walls are porcelain and ceramic tiles.

5. The Future

While your first concern is probably how your master bath will serve you today, it is important to think about the future too. Will you be staying in your current home for many years? If so, you may want to consider elements that will age with you. For example, if you’re planning for a family in the future, making the room child-friendly can be important. Or, if you’re nearing retirement age you might want to add a few safety features that can make it easier to continue enjoying your home for years to come. On the other hand, if you plan to move in the next few years, perhaps you’ll want to think about what would help your home sell. Think about upgrades that add value.

Carrera marble shower

For the ultimate in luxury, high-end showers can have twin programable shower heads and stone wall coverings such as the Carrara tile shown.

While there are many different options you can choose from when you redo your master bathroom, the key is to create a space that truly rejuvenates you. The most important thing to remember when renovating or upgrading your master bathroom is that you do not have to do it all alone. If you’re inspired to make a change in your master bath, reach out to us at The Buckingham Group. We are excited to work with you on your Tulsa master bath renovation.

 

"Thank You" to our Tulsa area clients and the Houzz readership.

 

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