If you’re building a new home, consider adding a few of these fabulous features to your ensuite. While bathrooms are one of the most well-used spaces in your home and needs to be functional, that doesn’t mean you can’t create an inviting, spa-like retreat.
Your ensuite can include whatever you find relaxing that sets the tone for both the beginning and end of your day. It can be as simple as a luxury showerhead or radiant-heat flooring. Or, as indulgent as a steam shower and freestanding tub.
Check out these ideas for creating your own luxurious getaway right at home.
1. Freestanding Tub
Pamper yourself by soaking in a free standing bath tub. Freestanding tubs make a statement and can be placed anywhere, even in the middle of the room. They come in a variety of different styles, sizes, jetted or not, and materials to fit any décor perfectly. Choose one that’s roomy enough to relax and unwind in comfortably.
2. Floating vanities
Create an open, airy feeling in your bathroom with a floating vanity. By hanging the cabinet on the wall, they appear to be ‘floating’ and free up a little floor space under the sink. They come in a variety of styles, finishes and depending on their size can accommodate double sinks and drawers for storage. It doesn’t look right in every space, but in the right space, they create a sleek, modern design element.
3. Storage Solutions
Nothing can ruin the spa-like feeling quite like having everything on display. It’s easy for bathrooms to become overloaded with cosmetics and grooming products; a little bit of organization can go a long way. Bringing in extra drawers, closed storage or open shelves allows you to hide away anything that isn’t aesthetically pleasing, curate decorative items, and put everything in its place.
4. Frameless Glass Showers
A glass shower creates an open, modern design aesthetic making your whole bathroom look larger. But there are more reasons to upgrade to one than just looks. This shower doesn’t have a ledge or lip to step over to get in, which can be a challenge – or an obstacle – for anyone with mobility difficulties. Plus, frameless showers offer the added advantage of less cleaning and maintenance over a framed one. Switching to a walk-in option, whether for looks, safety or cleaning may make perfect sense for you.
5. Steam Shower
Experience next-level indulgence with a shower that doubles as a steam shower. A few modifications to your standard shower including tight seals and a steam generator creates a self-contained unit—smaller than a sauna or a steam room—perfect for a primary ensuite. You can then choose your relaxation experience day-to-day, without ever leaving your home.
6. Shower Bench
A bench in a shower is essential for relaxation—especially with other shower upgrades like a steam shower or multiple showerheads. For a seamless look, tile the bench to match the rest of the shower, or add a bench made of a contrasting material like teak or glass to make a statement.
Energize, unwind, revigorate or refresh yourself with your choice of showerheads. Choose from powerful wall-mounted showerheads to complete shower systems with dual showerheads, handheld showerheads, rainfall heads, and body sprays. Body sprays are small, side-mounted showerheads attached at strategic points on the wall; ideal placement is intended to cover the entire body with water. With proper planning, an immersive shower experience can be achieved.
Nothing says luxury like warmth underfoot on the coldest mornings and nights. A radiant-heat system is especially welcome beneath typically cold flooring materials like ceramic tile and stone. Underfloor heating also warms up a room quickly and can be 25 percent more energy-efficient than central-heating systems by running at lower temperatures while distributing the same level of heat throughout the room. Heated bathroom floors are widely considered a key selling point, adding value to your home.
9. Beautiful tiles
Tiles can set the mood and bring out your unique personality and sense of style. Simple accents above the vanity or on an entire wall or walls can take your design over the top. Choose from different scales, shapes, and colours to define the space or introduce pattern or colour. They can blend seamlessly or set the mood for romance, relaxation, and self-care.
10. Lighting that sets the mood
Spas don’t use basic light fixtures, so why should you? Upgrade your bathroom lighting to something that creates the atmosphere you’re after. Proper lighting can enhance the space, and change to suit your desired mood. For instance, while vanity lighting needs to be bright for daily shaving and beauty regimens, putting it on a dimmer or using remote-control bulbs allows you to vary the brightness. Lighting is also an opportunity to create a little drama or interest. If you want a little glamour, consider hanging a pretty fixture or even a chandelier!
Adding a few popular bathroom upgrades requires a small investment when you’re building your home, but you’ll experience the rewards for years to come in a luxurious oasis you’ll love.