Tile, plumbing fixtures, paint colors – all of these pieces seem to consume us when planning a bathroom update, but what about those details that seem to be an afterthought? There are a lot of opportunities to make your bathroom more functional that are often overlooked or overshadowed by the more glamorous details. Bartelt takes a look at some of these underestimated features that can make homeowners’ lives easier in the bathroom.
In the Shower
A shower bench may not seem like a vital detail, but once you have one, you’ll be glad you included it in your bathroom plan. Not only does it offer another spot to place showering essentials, but it’s also helpful for shaving, relaxing, and aging in place.
Recessed niches carve out extra storage space and prevent bottles and soap from taking up residence on the floor or ledges. Mosaic tile, tile patterns, granite, glass – with so many material options, it’s also a design opportunity!
Hand-showers can be a game-changing detail. It’s all about making your life easier by helping you clean both yourself (or maybe even a pet) and the shower walls.
If you have the space, consider a water closet. It offers additional privacy and allows multiple people to use the bathroom at the same time, which can be useful during those hectic mornings.
At the Vanity
Countertops are often a detail homeowners pay close attention to, but one thing that can be overlooked is countertop maintenance. It isn’t always an important detail, but for those who are concerned about stains or etchings, a low-maintenance top (like quartz or quartzite) may be the answer.
Proper storage planning ensures everything has its place within arm’s reach of where it is needed. There are a lot of opportunities to customize your storage – dividers, hot tool drawers, cubbies, vanity towers, medicine cabinets, and beyond.
Throughout the Bathroom
Bathroom ventilation is definitely not the most interesting piece to the bathroom puzzle, but it is an essential one. You want a quality system that quickly pulls the moisture out of the air to prevent mildew, rust, peeling paint, and other undesirable outcomes.
Lighting isn’t necessarily ignored, but the actual layering of light can be forgotten. It’s important to include task lighting by the vanity and shower, decorative lighting, and natural light. You may also want to consider night lighting, such as dimmers or toe kick lighting.
Plan your accessory placement early in the design process. It’s important you have the proper spacing and location for toilet paper holders, towel bars and rings, and robe hooks. It may be necessary to think to the future and install grab bars or backing for future grab bars, as well.
May is National Home Improvement Month, so throughout the past few weeks, we have posted detail photos every day (every weekday and non-holiday, that is). Here is a compilation of some Bartelt details!
This range hood serves as a focal point, or anchor, of the kitchen. It stands out, yet blends well with the cabinetry and style of the space.
The base of this butcher block adds a pop of color to the kitchen, and the knife storage keeps tools within reach of where the homeowners need it.
This kitchen niche not only adds interest to the backsplash, but it is also a great spot to store frequently used spices and oils.
A furniture-style island leg is an important aspect of the kitchen. The island is no longer just a work station, it’s a beautiful piece of furniture.
Showcasing the homeowners’ style, this kitchen pendant offers ambient and task lighting over the island.
The roll-out pantry allows the homeowners to take advantage of the entire depth of the cabinet without having to dig through boxes and canned goods.
This hammered copper countertop is the perfect addition to a lower level bar.
A Tuscan-style lower level features textured plaster walls and arched brick openings.
These chalkboard doors are a fun addition to a lower level playroom.
A finished basement is a great opportunity to get creative with your lighting!
Here is a close-up of that unique lower level fireplace, the face of Prometheus.
Check out this grand, double-door entrance into the master bath! The arched doorway mimics the arch above the large soaking tub.
Not only does a recessed niche add character to a bathroom, but it is also perfect for decor or storage needs.
The tub’s handshower offers a classic and sophisticated look.
This steam shower has frameless glass panels, a pivoting transom, and Pietra Calacatta, an innovative porcelain tile that looks like marble, but holds up to the steam.
A wall-mounted faucet, slate tile, and boulder vessel sink help achieve a rustic aesthetic in this home’s powder room.
This custom, built-in bed takes advantage of an existing alcove and is the perfect spot for the homeowners’ grandchildren to snuggle in for a sleepover.
In this library, a knotty alder coffered ceiling adds warmth and character.
An arched opening between the sunroom and back hall keeps the spaces separate yet open to one another.
The fieldstone and barn beams on this sunroom fireplace tie into the home’s exterior and create a nice balance of rustic and refined.