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A freestanding tub anchored by art on one wall and a cabinet with storage and display shelves on the other end has a wonderful view of the back patio and distant views.
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3. Resort-Style Spa Baths Alfin says nothing quite evokes the feeling of a resort experience like a freestanding tub situated in front of a great view. The trend of creating a master bathroom with a spa-like atmosphere is as popular as ever.If you’re not lucky enough to have breathtaking views out your bathroom window, Alfin recommends walling off the area directly outside the window to create a private oasis. Take some inspiration from the master bathroom seen here, by Janet Brooks Design.
8. Showcase art. You might not think of the bathroom as an obvious space to feature artwork, but doing so can elevate the feel of the room. In fact, multimillion-dollar homes often showcase large-scale artworks and collections in their bathrooms. Just be aware that moisture (and sunlight) can damage some pieces, so you should display art in non-steamy areas of the room or choose more durable or less valuable works.
Electrical. The groundwork for all new light fixtures, outlets, switches and appliances will be done during this phase. New wiring will be run in the walls and ceilings, electrical boxes will be installed for future fixtures, and electrical panels may be upgraded so they can handle heavier loads (this is especially prevalent in remodels where appliances are added). At this point, electricians are making sure that everything that will need power will have access to it and meet your municipality’s building code.Plumbing. As with electrical, plumbing rough-in ensures that all plumbing fixtures, appliances and other water features will be supplied with water, gas (if your house uses natural gas) or both. So pipes may be moved or installed in new places, shower pans (the things that make sure the water stays in the shower) are installed and inspected, and gas lines may be moved, extended or even put in.HVAC. Unlike electrical and plumbing, HVAC is the only mechanical where nearly all the work is completed during the rough-in stage. Pathways for new vents (for bath exhaust fans or kitchen vent hoods) are determined and vents are installed, air conditioning units may be replaced, and air return vents are located in appropriate positions.
3. Sleek SanctuaryDesigner: Janet Brooks of Janet Brooks DesignLocation: Scottsdale, Arizona Size: 342 square feet (31.8 square meters); 18 by 19 feet Homeowners’ request: To transform a cramped, compartmentalized bathroom, which had a bathtub up three steps on a platform, into a more open and airy space Special features: 24-by-24-inch Caspian Bisque marble tiles on floor and shower walls; free-standing tub Designer secret: “To create a Zen feeling in a bathroom, keep the number of different materials and finishes to a minimum,” says designer Janet Brooks. “This room works because everything is white except the cabinets, and the marble on the floor is the same as the marble in the shower, creating a visually relaxing space.” “Uh-oh” moment: “Our original intent in this room was to try to clean up all the clutter of too many materials and too little open space,” Brooks says. “Some things were obvious, such as getting rid of glass block, using a free-standing tub and installing a much larger window behind it,” she says. “But the tub was still in between two full-height walls and felt closed in. Thankfully, we were able to convince the homeowner to get rid of a small walk-in closet in the adjacent bedroom, and include that space in the bathroom. This gave us the ability to remove the wall to the right of the tub, and replace it with a pretty zebrano wood cabinet with open shelving for convenient bathing accoutrements.”Bathtub: matte white finish, ADM Bathroom Design; tub faucet and handheld shower faucet: Sidema collection in polished chrome, Brizo; countertops: Blizzard, Classico collection, Caesarstone; area rug: David E. Adler; paint color: Pearly White, Sherwin-Williams; floor and shower walls tile: polished Caspian Bisque marble, Bedrosians; cabinet: Woodesign; nine-piece artwork on right: Kathleen Hope; large artwork on left: artist unknownSee more photos of this homeMore18 Dream Items to Punch Up a Master-Bath Wish List4 Modern and Spacious Dream Bathrooms