Transforming Your Bathroom Into Your Own Personal Spa
These days the term spa can mean many things to many people. What was once considered a rather large wellness resort, centering around hot or warm water mineral springs, is in today’s vernacular, any place — commercial or in the home — where one goes to receive beauty treatments or to just simply relax. In fact, there is a growing trend here in the Marin and Sonoma area of homeowners who are enthusiastically transforming a bathroom in their home into a personal spa. This bathroom remodel involves some careful planning and probable expansion in square footage that’s best left to a professional. However, it can be one of those home improvement projects that not only increases your home’s value, but also provides ongoing enjoyment for family members.
Key Steps in Transforming Your Bathroom Into a Spa
Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which this transformation might take place. Think in terms of creating a personal spa that appeals to the senses of those who will be enjoying it.
First and foremost it should be visually appealing. This is best achieved by incorporating elements like recessed lighting — preferably in the ceiling — wood floors, adding additional storage to keep toiletries out of sight, and painting with natural colors like tints and shades of greens, grays and browns. One suggestion: wood floors are not always an ideal choice for a room where there will be significant moisture. One remedy is to choose a ceramic tile that looks just like wood planking.
You’re probably not going to want to detract from a peaceful and serene atmosphere by installing TVs in your spa. Instead, take advantage of the variety of unobtrusive Bluetooth speakers that are on the market these days. Program it with soothing, meditative music and you’ll make a long, hot bath a pleasure you’ll look forward to indulging in on a regular basis.
There ares so many choices here to consider, and many do not require a complex installation. You’ll want to focus on the bathtub, ensuring that it is large and deep. Many also choose jacuzzi-style tubs for extra relaxation. Steps around the interior perimeter of the tub also add a particularly nice touch. Consider tiling the tub. If your plans include a separate shower, make sure and splurge on a deep, penetrating shower head and choose or have built a large shower so you don’t feel cramped. One particularly nice touch is to have a towel-warming drawer installed. Nothing beats a nice warm towel to dry off with after a long soak in a hot tub.
You’ve created ways to appeal to sight and sound and touch. Don’t forget the sense of smell. Think of the healthful benefits found in aromatherapy in your design scheme. Scented soaps and candles can provide an ambiance that heightens all of the other senses, and help to create a mood that is receptive to the health benefits a spa can provide.
Use creative shelving options to store the decorative and useful items you most want and need where they are most conveniently located. Consider shelving beside the tub for easy reaching of toiletries and viewing of decoratives, and optimize shelving around the sink. You don’t want the irritation of trying to search for something you need to interfere with your spa vibe.
Creating a personal spa in your own home can be rewarding beyond your initial imaginings. Probably the most important thing you can do, beyond coming up with your personal wish list for the bathroom remodel, is to choose a home improvement contractor you feel comfortable working with to ensure your personal spa is one that exceeds your expectations.