How to Design A Master Bathroom Suite

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Having a master bathroom suite that is designed just for you is one of life's greatest luxuries. Your bathroom suite will depend on the amount of room and money you have, but you can implement many luxurious elements even in a small bath.

  • Every good plan takes research. Spend plenty of time looking at master bathroom suites by visiting open houses, attending home shows and browsing bathroom section of do-it-yourself centers. Also check out plumbing stores, as they will often have bathrooms on display. Get more ideas from home-oriented websites, magazines and television shows.

  • Make a plan. Life experience and personal needs will determine your needs and wants in your bathroom. You need a dream list to start off your plan. After you have your list, you need to determine costs and whether you have the space available for those elements. If you are building a new home or remodeling your bathroom, you need to measure and graph out your area so you can experiment with ideas and the space available.

  • Double vanities are very desirable in a master bathroom. If possible, it's nice to split them up into two separate areas of the room so there is plenty of elbow room when a couple is getting ready at the same time. Include lots of drawer and cabinet space so you can keep your vanity tops free of clutter. Consider vanity towers for extra storage space. Granite countertops are a beautiful luxury, and undermount sinks are easy to care for. Make sure you have plenty of lighting above the vanity area. Consider raising the vanity height to 34 inches instead of the customary 30 inches -- much less bending over for adults.

  • A well-designed walk-in shower is the ultimate luxury. Many people are eliminating a tub for the convenience of a nice walk-in shower when space is limited, but a jetted tub is a nice place to relax after a hard day. Consider having a step up to the tub. Include extra shower and bath heads for convenience. A straight tub is much easier to lie in than a corner tub. It's nice to have an opaque window for lighting above the tub. Add a cable outlet so you can watch your favorite programs while soaking.

  • Most bathroom suites include closet space. In a master suite, his-and-her walk-in closets are ideal. Include a dressing area; it's nice to have a place to sit while putting on shoes and include a full-length mirror. Personal preference dictates whether you have doors on your closets or leave them open into the bathroom.

  • A private room for the toilet is desirable in a master suite. You might consider adding a bidet or urinal. Include a shelf for reading material. If there is still room, add a pedestal sink.

  • Make sure you have plenty of lighting, and include some mood lighting if you want a special retreat. Add surround sound — even in the shower. A small gas fireplace in the wall is inviting and warming in cold winters. If you have a central vacuum, install a built-in dust pan. You can also put in a washer and dryer, so laundry is convenient.

  • This is your personal space, and you want it to reflect your tastes and needs. Color, decor and accessories are all a matter of what you like and what fits your space and budget. Artwork, plants, candles and other items will personalize your new bathroom suite.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always follow code when building or remodeling

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