When it comes to installing a luxury bathroom, there is an endless array of fixtures, tiles, wall and window treatments you can add to turn your bathroom from ordinary into extraordinary. According to a 2009 report published by Remodelling Magazine, a bathroom that is remodelled into an upscale version can cost on average $52,295 and generate a 61.6% return on your investment. Before setting out on a costly remodelling project, consider how compatible your remodelling project would be with the type of home and neighbourhood you live in. For example, a luxury bathroom may seem out of place in an old home.
What are some treatments and fixtures that you can add to create a luxury bathroom?
Install a new tub, toilet and shower
Install newer, energy-efficient models. A good example is a 42×42 inch, neo-angle shower with a diamond-shaped shower-pan. This fixture can fit into any bathroom corner, making it ideal in space efficiency. You can then enclose the shower area with glass and tile the inside with ceramic. Steam showers are another luxurious option. Whirlpool bathtubs and wall-mounted toilets are excellent choices as well.
Update existing vanities and cabinets
Replace laminate countertops with stone. Not only is this more attractive but durable as well. Install a double sink in your countertop. Custom-made cabinets that compliment your bathroom design are a great option. If space is an issue, opt for built-in cabinets.
Replace outdated light fixtures
Light fixtures in the shower and recessed lighting in cabinets are the current trends in luxury bathrooms. For an elegant effect, install a wall sconce near mirrors. For a contemporary feel, install chrome light fixtures. You can also increase the amount of natural light by including a window or skylight.
Ceramic tile flooring is another way to add luxury to your bathroom. They are available in a wide array of colours and styles. You can also lay them in a particular pattern for a bit of style. For example, laying the tiles in a diagonal fashion with ceramic tile moulding will enhance the appearance of the floor and make it more resilient towards moisture.
For added luxury, replace ordinary towel racks with heated towel-bars. Remove your old and outdated exhaust fan and install a humidistat-controlled fan which automatically monitors humidity levels in the bathroom. Don’t forget to include accessories such as wall art, matching towels, bath mats and elegant mirrors. You can also replace old knobs and taps with bronze or brass ones.
If you have plenty of space in your bathroom, you can always opt for a mounted flat screen television. If you live in an area that tends to stay cool for the better part of the year, you can also install a fireplace or a wood burning stove. Another simple yet luxurious effect is the installation of stone tiles to create a spa-like effect.
Bathrooms today are a living space that can be enhanced with top-of-the-line features in order to add luxury.