2011 may be the year of upgrading rather than purchasing if you listen to the financial experts. If this is the case for you, than spiff up what you got. Upgrade that bathroom into the blissful spa like atmosphere you have been dreaming of. Here are some upgrades we think is worth the splurge!
Treat yourself to warmth underfoot with a radiant-heat system installed below your bathroom floor. Such a system is especially welcome beneath typically cold materials such as ceramic tile and stone. Add a layer of style and comfort with a gorgeous, soft area rug to plant your feet on when you step out of the tub or shower.
Add some Diversion
If you keep up with the news while you get ready in the morning, consider installing a small television in your remodeling plans. Low-voltage, water-resistant televisions come complete with water-resistant remotes and are designed for installation near a bathtub. To keep the television in working order, you'll need to keep humidity levels in check with proper ventilation.
Put a fireplace in your bathroom and enjoy the sight and warmth of a roaring fire as you relax in the tub or do your evening stretching exercises.
Make getting ready in the morning a little easier with a spacious double vanity. With double the counter, sink, mirror, and storage space, sharing the bathroom is much more manageable and merry.
Make a design statement by upgrading to a chic vessel sink. This popular style of sink appears to sit on the top of the vanity counter like a bowl on a table. A vessel sink paired with a goose neck faucet can double as a focal point for any bathroom.
Heated Towel Bars
Yet another cozy idea: Hang your towels from heated bars so you can wrap your entire body in warm terry cloth when you finish with your shower or bath.
If you're longing to linger in the soothing jets and serene bubbles of a whirlpool tub, buy a model that's roomy and doesn't strain your muscles when you lean back.
Heated Towel Bars
Dual shower heads, hand held shower heads, body sprays, and a broad bench take an ordinary shower experience to invigorating and lavish. The body sprays shown can be adjusted to produce a water action that ranges from gentle pulsation to vigorous massage. Many wall-hung shower units like the one shown can be adapted to existing plumbing lines, making for easy installation.
If you truly want to take a trip to the spa without leaving your home, put in a shower stall that doubles as a steam shower. To make your shower steam-ready, equip it with a door that seals tightly at the top and bottom. Install a vapor barrier on the ceiling and wall framing to prevent moisture, which causes wood rot, from reaching the studs and joist. Include a steam generator outside the shower. This heats water from your water system using an electric 220-volt heating element. A steam generator supplier will help you determine the best size.