Most Requested Master Bath Features
Top 10 Master Bathroom Trends
When building a new home in North Carolina, one of the most customized rooms of the home is the master bathroom - after all, the master bath is the place where you begin and end your day.
Your custom master bathroom should be a private retreat - both comfortable and luxurious.
Here are the top 10 master bath trends you have to see as you plan to build your custom home:
#1 - Larger or Oversized Showers
In some custom homes, an oversized shower can be a must.
At Stanton Homes, we can enlarged or rearrange a master bathroom floor plan to accomodate an oversized shower.
With a larger shower, you may want to consider adding a second showerhead.
Contrasting light and dark tile colors, styles, and patterns can help transform an oversized shower into the centerpiece of the master bath.
Remember to keep focused on neutral tones! Even with a larger shower, it's best to keep the palette on the lighter side - the master bath will feel larger.
Depending on your budget, the shower fixtures and glass enclosure can be chosen from many different styles and finishes, including Oil Rubbed Bronze, Tuscan Bronze, Black, Brushed Nickel, and more.
#2 - Plenty of Storage Space
A basic under the sink cabinet just doesn't cut it for many homeowners, who want space to store all the little items like toiletries and make up, plus big ones like bath towels, Costco size refill bottles, and more.
Cabinetry options include sets of small drawers, additional upper cabinets, or open shelving.
Creative use of cabinetry can include corner cabinets, tall, narrow utility cabinets on both sides of the countertop, and more.
Think about everything you'd like to store in the bath, and discuss your cabinetry needs with your builder. A combination of cabinetry pieces and imagination can be more affordable than you might think.
#3 - Soaking Tubs vs Jacuzzis
A large, deep soaking tub offers relaxation without noisy jets. And those pesky jets also require special cleaning to keep from looking, well, used.
The custom home pictured to the left - the Kelley - features a garden soaking tub with private alcove and arched entrance.
A single sink is no longer enough, which you already knew if you've tried to get ready for work at the same time as your spouse!
A "his-and-hers" master bathroom setup is becoming commonplace. There are two popular versions.
1. A long countertop with two sinks
2. Two completely separate countertops, sinks, and storage (usually placed on opposite walls). This second version is pictured here in a custom home called the Worthington.
This setup should eliminate arguments about who didn't wipe the counter down!
#5 - Art Nooks, Niches, Plant Shelves
Small touches - such as adding a nook, niche, or shelf - can make a master bathroom design really "Pop."
The custom home pictured to the left - the Penelope - features a vaulted master bathroom with upper shelves for plants and decorative items.
The blue accent paint color emphasizes the plant shelf location. White crown molding divides up the color.
Upper-end features like art nooks can also be found in custom home powder rooms.
This powder room art nook even contains recessed lighting.
#6 - Tile Tub Surrounds and Glass Tile Mosaics
Ceramic or porcelien tiles can be found on master bath floors, around soaking tubs, and in showers, as well as around backsplashes.
Glass mosaics can be used alone, or combined with more traditional ceramic or porcelein tile. View a custom home photo tour featuring a glass mosaic tile countertop.
Pictured to the right is a master bathroom with custom designed deep metallic glass mini-mosaic tile tub surround, contrasted against lighter, classic porcelein 12x12 tile squares.
Be careful with tile tones - when considering future resale, stay away from deep dramatic colors like dark blues and reds.
Try to incorporate some neutral tones - then fill your need for brightness with colorful accents that are easily changed.
Top 10 Master Bath Trend #7 - Artistic Angles and Vaulted Ceilings
More homeowners are requesting a vaulted master bathroom ceiling - and its no surprise to us.
A vaulted ceiling adds elegance, spaciousness, and creativity to any master bathroom.
Top 10 Master Bath Trends #8 - Toilet Rooms
While there are several convenient options for where to place the master bathroom toilet, many homeowners are opting for a separate "commode room."
Toilet placement is one of those "love it or hate it" ideas. The custom home pictured to the left - the Carwile - was re-designed to keep a separate commode room on the front-facing wall of the master bathroom.
Get claustrophobic? Ask your builder to leave a "dividing wall" instead of a room, or remove the toilet room walls completely.
(Grab Bars, Benches, Hand-Held Showers)
As the Aging-in-Place movement gains speed, more homes are seeing tasteful additions of universal design bathroom features such as grab bars, benches, and hand-held showers.
Some grab bars can be fun and decorative - adding personality to the room. Other bars can be camouflaged to blend in with existing towel racks and fixtures.
Talk to your plumbing showroom about the different universal design fixtures available.
Built-in benches can be integrated into a master shower.
Hand-held shower faucets are a third popular universal design option.
Top 10 Master Bath Trend #10 - Green Features
How to design a green master bathroom - some simple things that can make the master bath a greener place to be:
- Tankless (On Demand) Water Heater
A tankless or solar water heater provides hot water only when you need it - there is no tank full of water to require constant heating energy.
Watersense and other programs have good recommendations for low flow toilets.
Options include a dual flush toilet, with separate buttons depending on the amount of water needed.
An example of a dual flush toilet is pictured to the right (the two separate buttons on on top of the toilet). Watch a photo tour to see other special features in this custom home.
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