Create a Master Suite that Fits Your Style
By Angela Kovalyak
If you are in the process of designing a new master bathroom, then you may be overwhelmed. Pictures in magazines feature large, dramatic spaces.
Showcases at home improvement stores highlight the newest fixtures. Television shows wow with remodels that take your breath away. Although all of these options are tempting, keep in mind that, during your bathroom renovation, you will need to stick to a budget – yours. If you feel slightly discouraged, don’t.
Typically, a master bath addition starts at around $8000. However, by making a few important choices and considering what you need instead of what you want, you can create a master suite. From flooring to fixtures, here are a few tips to help you design a new master bathroom that fits your lifestyle and your budget.
More than anything, your master bath addition should be an extension of your master bedroom. It should match the style, decor and color scheme, and it should complement the space you already have. Therefore, when you are searching for the best place to build a master bathroom, think about the flow of your bedroom. First, consider the current placement of the closet. If possible, place the bathroom near to it or add access to the closet from the new bathroom.
This same holds true for your furniture. Try to keep dressers and armoires with clothes in them near to the bath as well.
How will the room flow? Second, think about how your room will flow. For instance, you don’t want to enter your bedroom and walk around the bed in order to access the bathroom. On this same note, consider the amount of furniture you currently have. Think about where you will place it once a bathroom is added – remember, you will be losing some wall space.
Finally, make sure that the master bathroom is a comfortable size. It should meet all code requirements published by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). However, it shouldn’t be as large as the master bedroom. Nor should it be the largest room in the house. When adding an en suite bath, the goal should be to create functional, luxurious space, not an oversized area that lacks personality.
Consider an architect To help you build a master bath, consider hiring an architect. Not only will he or she have professional experience, he or she will also determine limitations caused by plumbing or electric issues. Plus, an architect can work to accommodate most budgets. Find an accredited architect in your area by contacting The American Institute of Architects (AIA) or the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
Once you find a few businesses, schedule appointments to meet with them. As they look over your space, discuss different options based on your budget. Be upfront about what you can afford. For example, if you can’t spend more than $15,000, let the architect know. This way, he or she can create ideas within your price range. When you get each architect’s quote, be sure to ask if any money was left aside for problems that could potentially arise.
If not, you may want to ask him or her for another quote. When dealing with plumbing and electric, architects may not be aware of any issues until after walls are down. You will have more peace of mind if you know any issues will still fall within your allotted amount of money. Best of all, if no issues arise, you will already have money set aside for some trendy decor.
Even if you hire an architect, you will still have plenty of decisions to make. For instance, think about whether you want a separate bathtub and shower. Now, consider what you can afford and what you actually need. If you have space and funds for both, then, by all means, go for it. However, if your area is limited, focus on which choice would be more practical. If you prefer showering, then opt for an elaborate shower instead of a plain tub/shower combo.
The tub can go Although bathtubs were sought after in the past, new bathroom trends show that larger showers suffice. Plus, eliminating a bathtub can really be a space saver.
Now, on to the vanity area. The amount of sinks necessary and the amount of counter space required really depends on the number of people using the bathroom – and whether or not they are in there at the same time. So, let’s begin with the faucets. Again, if you have the money and room, go for a double sink vanity.
Or, better yet, try to incorporate separate vanity areas. This ensures that everyone will have his or her own counter and storage space. If the room layout limits you to one vanity area, think about what you need more of – sinks or counter space. Also, consider that adding an additional sink will require additional plumbing. Finally, you will need to decide on the toilet style and location.
Obviously, you want this fixture out of view from the bedroom. So, consider if you want your toilet to have its own room or if hiding it behind a half wall will suffice. If you have space, bidets are also becoming increasingly popular options in master bathrooms. For style, choose a toilet that is a little bit more elaborate. After all, this is the master bath.
Now that you have decided on fixtures, you need to complete your bathroom renovation with some finishing touches. The flooring, for example, should not be an afterthought. Instead, consider this an important part of your new bathroom. Like everything else, the space you have will determine the type of flooring you can afford. And, in this case, the smaller the space, the better. For example, if you have a small floor area, you may be able to splurge on marble, granite or heated flooring.
Visit your favorite home improvement store or talk with your architect about the variety of options available.
Bathroom fixtures are also important. Faucets, drains, hardware, etc. all make up the overall look of the space. Try to choose a style that fits with the bathroom look. And one that matches the overall feel of the home.
Go big on color To really finish off the space, add a little bit of color and light. If the space is large, consider a bold color to add a wow factor.
For a smaller space, opt for a neutral color that will help the room seem larger than it actually is. An additional window or skylight will also accomplish a more open feel. This will definitely add a touch of elegance to your master bath addition, as well as increasing the value of your home, should you opt to sell. An elegant, updated master bathroom is something most home buyers will love.