Master Bathroom as a Personal Spa


Can your master bathroom become a personal in-home spa?

The features often associated with a spa, like natural stone, tile and wood to provide organic solidity, glass to mimic the element of water and spaciousness and illumination from both naturally available sunlight and artificial lighting created from LED fixtures, remain high on list of what people desire in a master bathroom.

A popular kitchen and bath trade magazine recently asked designers to share their thoughts on how storage and other design elements that make master bathrooms unique, personalized and modern.

How can storage make a master bathroom unique and special?

Typically storage will consist of cabinetry both in the form of vanities with drawers, shelving in the form of niches formed within the cavity of a wall and tall lockers that can be up-fitted with any numbers of features from pull-outs to toiletry racks similar to the spice racks found in your kitchen.

Aside from the features, however, the single most important element that makes it special is the quality of the cabinet. The construction and materials used to fabricate the storage should be built to last and easy to use over the life of the bathroom.

What are some go-to elements you use to make a bath personal and special?

My number one go-to is the curbless shower. Most homes are constructed with showers that have a curb for you to step over. Yes, they’re designed to hold the water in, but there is a better way to achieve it. A skilled tile installer knows how to manipulate the floor to create a slope directly the water to the drain. This eliminates the need to hold water inside the shower floor space.

Additionally, most of my bathrooms designs incorporate ADA requirements for future aging considerations. A wheelchair will easily access a curb-less shower.

What current trends are you incorporating into your master bath design?

The Infinity Drain. Is an essential part of the curb-less shower. It’s a wonderful new invention that catches drain water from the sloped shower floor into a slender, hidden channel at the lowest point of the slope. Call it a long, narrow drain that typically runs the along the entire width of the wall, but the beauty of it is, it can be somewhat hidden because the channel itself can have a pocket where the floor tile can be laid into it. This almost completely disguises the drain as simply part of the tiled floor.

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