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Bath Trends: An Extra Splash of Comfort

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Jim Nowlin of Remodeling Concepts worked with Lynne T. Jones Interior Design to transform an outdated master bath into an elegant luxury spa space. The entire room was gutted before new cabinetry, a new shower and new lighting brightened things up. Marble countertops, floors and shower surround give the desired level of elegance, and polished nickel fixtures and cabinet hardware add sparkle. Counter top is Calacutta Sandi from Pomogranit Stones; all tile selections are "First Snow" from Daltile; lighting and cabinet hardware from Lighting Inc.; plumbing fixtures and tub from Ferguson; paint is "Tinsmith" from Sherwin Williams.

Jim Nowlin of Remodeling Concepts worked with Lynne T. Jones Interior Design to transform an outdated master bath into an elegant luxury spa space. The entire room was gutted before new cabinetry, a new shower and new lighting brightened things up. Marble countertops, floors and shower surround give the desired level of elegance, and polished nickel fixtures and cabinet hardware add sparkle. Counter top is Calacutta Sandi from Pomogranit Stones; all tile selections are "First Snow" from Daltile; lighting and cabinet hardware from Lighting Inc.; plumbing fixtures and tub from Ferguson; paint is "Tinsmith" from Sherwin Williams.

Jim Nowlin of Remodeling Concepts worked with Lynne T. Jones Interior Design to transform an outdated master bath into an elegant luxury spa space. The entire room was gutted before new cabinetry, a new shower and new lighting brightened things up. Marble countertops, floors and shower surround give the desired level of elegance, and polished nickel fixtures and cabinet hardware add sparkle. Counter top is Calacutta Sandi from Pomogranit Stones; all tile selections are “First Snow” from Daltile; lighting and cabinet hardware from Lighting Inc.; plumbing fixtures and tub from Ferguson; paint is “Tinsmith” from Sherwin Williams. photos -Michael Hart

Experts From The Remodelers Council Say The Goal Is A Modern Look With Clean Lines

Houston-area homeowners are opting for innovative uses of space, creative lighting effects and technological touches to update their bathrooms this year, according to experts from the Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association.

The overall goal: a modern look with clean lines – along with plenty of creative touches for comfort and convenience, said Dan Bawden, president of Legal Eagle Contractors Co.

“People see their bathrooms as their personal sanctuaries,” Bawden
said. Depending on their budgets, homeowners also want cost-effective improvements with minimal maintenance requirements, said Rob Hellyer, owner of Premier Remodeling & Construction. “They want simple, classic elegance,” Hellyer said.

Here’s a rundown of trends Remodelers Council experts are seeing:

 

SHOWERS

Many of Bawden’s projects involve finding new uses for existing bathroom spaces. “People love to take out bathtubs and turn them into large, luxurious showers,” he said. “There’s room for two people with multiple shower heads and benches.”

Hellyer said he’s getting requests for dual shower heads. “One of the spouses may prefer a particular type of shower, like a wall shower, and the other may want a rain shower,” he said. The latter, which typically is ceiling mounted, provides a gentler spray than standard showers.

A number of homeowners still want bathtubs, Hellyer added. “But there’s been a trend away from the jet spa tubs toward soaker tubs, which are regular tubs, but bigger and a little deeper.”

 

CABINETS AND COUNTERTOPS

Homeowners are doing away with bathroom clutter by opting for more cabinet drawers, as well as a power-strip feature in the top drawer that eliminates cords from the countertops.

In bathrooms with his and her sink towers, Bawden has been adding cabinets between them for more storage and convenience. He said another cool cabinet trend is the addition of LED lights at the base to create the look of “floating cabinets.”

As for the countertops, customer choices range from poured concrete tops with molded sinks to maintenance-free quartz slabs, which complement the neutral white and gray shades popular in bathrooms today.

 

WALLS AND FLOORS

When it comes to walls and floors, Bawden said many of his clients are opting for complex tile patterns that incorporate varied colors, tile types and sizes. Heated floor tiles, which are popular on a national scale, are seeing interest among Houston homeowners, too, but on a smaller scale because of the city’s warm climate.

Homeowners also are asking for floors designed to look like they’re made of stone, providing the visual appeal of stone without the need for sealing.

 

TECHNOLOGY

Today’s technology options range from the practical to the downright decadent: from mirrors with a warming feature that prevents fogging to flat screen TVs in the shower.

“We had one customer ask us to put a built-in sound system in the shower,” Hellyer said. “It sounded pretty good.”

Additional technology trends in the bathroom include push-button temperature controls for the shower and LED-lit temperature readings for sink faucets.

 

TOILETS

One simple, affordable trend for toilets is the addition of “night light” seats. A section by the hinges emits a soft, blue glow that eliminates the need to turn on the bathroom lights. Also popular are raised toilets for comfort and dual-flush options.

 

 

 

(Above) An all-white bathroom is always a winner, and this remodel by Greymark Construction is no exception. The marble floor, countertops and tub surround add all the luxury a master suite demands, while the double vanities and generous lighting make this the perfect place to enjoy dressing up or winding down. Generous storage allows for a clean countertop and ample space to stow away all the shaving/beauty essentials. PHOTO - Kathleen Ryan

(Above) An all-white bathroom is always a winner, and this remodel by Greymark Construction is no exception. The marble floor, countertops and tub surround add all the luxury a master suite demands, while the double vanities and generous lighting make this the perfect place to enjoy dressing up or winding down. Generous storage allows for a clean countertop and ample space to stow away all the shaving/beauty essentials. PHOTO – Kathleen Ryan

 

(Below) This bathroom remodel by Premier Remodeling began with enlarging the space to accommodate twin boys; the tub nook was formerly part of the adjacent bedroom. Floating cabinets under the double sinks make the room seem bigger and also make keeping things clean easier. Hexagon shaped tile in three colors and a contemporary style vanity and cabinetry bring a modern, youthful vibe. Cabinets by Accent Cabinetry; fixtures by Kohler; Viatera "Ultra White" countertops from Stone Evolution; Tile from CleTile; Design by gindesigns.

(Below) This bathroom remodel by Premier Remodeling began with enlarging the space to accommodate twin boys; the tub nook was formerly part of the adjacent bedroom. Floating cabinets under the double sinks make the room seem bigger and also make keeping things clean easier. Hexagon shaped tile in three colors and a contemporary style vanity and cabinetry bring a modern, youthful vibe. Cabinets by Accent Cabinetry; fixtures by Kohler; Viatera “Ultra White” countertops from Stone Evolution; Tile from CleTile; Design by gindesigns.

 

Greymark Construction makes the most of limited space in this bathroom remodel. The contemporary tub and glass enclosed shower share opposite sides of the center aisle. The tub’s marble backsplash doubles as a divider between the tub and toilet space. A sleek, shiny subway shower tile and glazed modern art add interest.

Greymark Construction makes the most of limited space in this bathroom remodel. The contemporary tub and glass enclosed shower share opposite sides of the center aisle. The tub’s marble backsplash doubles as a divider between the tub and toilet space. A sleek, shiny subway shower tile and glazed modern art add interest.  PHOTO – Kathleen Ryan

 

Matt Sneller of Sneller Custom Homes & Remodeling, along with interior designer Cindy Aplanalp-Yates from Chairma Design Group, redesigned the master bathroom for empty-nesters in a one-of-a-kind home. To start, a soothing palette was selected to complement the natural light that pours into the room. A frameless glass shower and neighboring tub connect seamlessly via the shower bench which is also the tub surround, thereby saving space and keeping this look clean and functional.

Matt Sneller of Sneller Custom Homes & Remodeling, along with interior designer Cindy Aplanalp-Yates from Chairma Design Group, redesigned the master bathroom for empty-nesters in a one-of-a-kind home. To start, a soothing palette was selected to complement the natural light that pours into the room. A frameless glass shower and neighboring tub connect seamlessly via the shower bench which is also the tub surround, thereby saving space and keeping this look clean and functional. PHOTO – Jenny Sneller

 

Veined marble floors and walls, elegant gold-toned light fixtures and white cabinetry provide understated elegance and serenity in this bathroom makeover by Craftsmanship by John. Accessing the bathtub plumbing is as easy as opening a cabinet door.

Veined marble floors and walls, elegant gold-toned light fixtures and white cabinetry provide understated elegance and serenity in this bathroom makeover by Craftsmanship by John. Accessing the bathtub plumbing is as easy as opening a cabinet door.

 

Bath Trends: An Extra Splash of Comfort


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