Bathrooms are probably our most private and personalized space in our home or condo. Every aspect of every use should be taken into consideration. Are you a couple who gets ready at the same time every day? Are you someone who loves to light up some candles and enjoy a hot bubble bath with a glass of wine after a long day? Do you enjoy showers with the rush of multiple heads spraying at every angle? What about this space is most appealing to me? Take time to plan out every aspect of the use of this space. There's a certain level of psychology that goes into the design in making it a comfortable and functional as possible.....
Tub vs. Shower vs. Both
In my many years of design and construction I have seen this come up and the arguments and justifications are many. There are shower people, tub people, and both. There is the custom vs. resale. My opinion is do what works best for "you". Both tubs and modern showers eat up a significant chunk of space in the bathroom. Showers are typically quick and work with people always on the go. Tubs are for people who enjoy pampering themselves and like the relaxation of not having to rush or be somewhere. When considering resale always have one tub in the house or condo. Why? Kids....Kids need a bath especially at a very young age. Each or both plays a significant role in considering your design and space.
Tile and Marble
Tile and marble are the most common finish material when it comes to bathrooms. Marble can be associated with the elegant and traditional dating back to the bath houses of Ancient Rome, Greece, and Turkey. Marble is a natural stone and can get somewhat expensive but adds a very elegant and sophisticated element to even the smallest bathrooms. The possibilities are endless with tile from sizing coming in mosaic to just about any size such as 12 x 48 or 24 x 24. Limitless choices abound. This is another area for serious consideration. The choices go from natural stone, glass, porcelain, ceramic, to resin and composites. Have fun and get creative.
Sinks or lav's have changed many times over the years from vessel, to built in, to under mount, to surface mount, to stand alone pedestals. Vessels have been popular in recent years ranging in materials such as cut stone, glass, metal, and porcelain. Keep in mind when doing a vessel that you might want to design with your vanity cabinets lower. Vessel sinks can sometimes be rather high compared to the counter top. Also consider surface area when planning the sinks for things such as soap, toiletries, a curling iron, makeup, blow dryers, etc. Sometimes things look really neat as far as appearance but aren't real practical when it comes to function. Try to put every aspect of an area's use into your design thought process. Remember bathrooms are a very functional room of your daily life.
Glass comes into play especially in our baths and showers especially for function. A lot of the bath and shower enclosures still come in kits often in finishes such as brass, chrome, satin nickel, and bronze. These kits usually act as frames that surround the perimeter of the glass on all sides. More and more homeowners and designers are getting away from it an going with frameless glass usually tempered more heavy duty and refined. Glass companies will come and template and then install the enclosure. Many suppliers offer films applied to the glass that can create pretty interesting and abstract patterns.