I Deserve it Features – the Master Bath

The Master Bath is full of opportunities for “I deserve it” features. From luxurious over-sized showers to sleek and sexy free-standing tubs, here are some of our favorite “I deserve it” features to turn your master bath into a relaxing sanctuary.

Showers vs Tubs

Showers are beginning to compete with the tub as the primary focus of the master bath. Homeowners of all ages are questioning if they even want a tub! Instead, over-sized spa showers with plenty of elbow room and upgraded features are gaining popularity. Features include extended benches, expanses of glass, day lighting, overhead shower fixtures, built-in shampoo ledges, and dry off alcoves where a warmed robe awaits. And, with the elimination of the tub, the bath doesn’t have to grow in square footage to accommodate these spa showers.

Master Bath with Spa Shower - by KGA Studio Architects, PC

Notice the built-in bench and faucet strategically located to allow you to turn on the water and let it heat up before stepping inside. Photo: Residence 8 Passive House, designed by KGA Studio Architects, built by Brookfield Residential.

Curbless showers are great for aging-in-place and a beautiful design feature, allowing the floor tile to flow unimpeded into the shower and slope gently into an almost undetectable drain.

 

 

For those of us who still love a tub, there’s good news as well! Free-standing tubs are taking the place of the old, 18” deep deck mounted tubs. Available in a wide variety of materials, today’s free-standing tubs are the perfect way to turn your master bath into a luxurious retreat.

Summit Master Bathroom

The Summit by Epic Homes features a 5-piece master path with free standing tub and spacious glass enclosed shower. Architecture by KGA Studio Architects.

If you’re a television lover, we’ve even seen the addition of a television nook in the master bath in homes of all sizes, both custom and production.

 

Vanities and Sinks

Clean and sleek cabinetry with plenty of space for storage has become a preference. Look for vanities with storage spaces specially designed for meds, electric toothbrushes, hair dryer, electric razors, and other toiletry items. In custom homes, the sky’s the limit! If you use an electric toothbrush, a strategically placed outlet in the cabinet allows you to plug-in and store your toothbrush in the cabinet, eliminating the need to keep it on the counter.

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The vanities in this remodeled master bath include plenty of space for organization. Architecture by KGA Studio Architects.

Storage

Every master bath should have a linen closet and not be dependent on the one in the hall. The bath is a sanctuary, and once inside you should never have to leave in search of a fresh towel or bar of soap.

Furniture

Bath designs may even provide a place for a chair, bench or chest…accents and personalized items added by the homeowner.

Privacy

Providing privacy for the master suite from the rest of the home is an important and often overlooked design consideration. Whenever possible, the master bedroom should be a destination room, void of traffic patterns through it to access closets or baths. Entry vestibules offer the ability to keep the bath, closets and dressing areas separate from the bedroom, isolating light and sound of the bath from the bedroom.  This arrangement can be accomplished in all sized homes.

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A vestibule separates the master bath and closet from the bedroom, creating a privatized master suite while eliminating traffic patterns through the bedroom. Architecture by KGA Studio Architects.

Conclusion

All homes, regardless of size, offer numerous opportunities for “I deserve it features”. This blog concludes our 3 part series on “I deserve it features”, though is by no means an exhaustive list of the possibilities! If you missed the first 2 blogs in this series, read about “I deserve it features” in the Owner’s Entry here and in the Kitchen here.