In the 80’s and 90’s the term “master bathroom” had a standard of expectation that included five fixtures: two sinks, a toilet, a shower, and a jetted tub built into a tiled deck. During that period almost every upscale new single home, townhome, and condo were designed with this master bathroom. The minimum area required to reasonably fit all five fixtures is 80 square feet. Roomier ones exceed 100 square feet. At the same time, a master bathroom upgrade was a popular request for many in homes built earlier. Often the remodeling work would include stealing some space from a bedroom or a closet to achieve the room required.
The 21st century has shown a break from that standard. A master bathroom remodel is still an extremely popular request, but the wishes have changed. Many homeowners want a large one or two-person sized spa style shower, with rain heads, body sprays, and a bench seat. In order to incorporate a larger shower most are willing to eliminate the tub altogether. Most homes already have a tub/shower combination in a hall bathroom if required for soaking or bathing smaller children. Many that have owned homes with the traditional master bathroom say they rarely use the jetted tub. One client stated, “If I wanted to soak in a tub with jets and bubbles, it would be in a hot tub under the stars with a glass of wine.”
Also, we have had requests for larger vanities and cabinet space. Several want only one sink instead of two. Another client admitted, “My husband and I share the bathroom often, but never use the sinks at the same time.” In conjunction with the dual room use designs commonly feature a separate, enclosed water closet (a room within the bathroom) for a private toilet area or a semi-private area created by a half or full wall with no door.
In cases when the tub is requested, it is more often for a free-standing version. These tubs can also be heated and have jets or air systems.
The inspiration for many regarding their planned master bathroom remodel commonly comes from Houzz or hotel suites they stay at when traveling and vacationing. Today’s master bathroom is becoming roomier, more upscale and spa-like with less fixtures being used. However, even with less fixtures being used, today’s remodeling client is spending 2-3 times as much on master bathroom fixtures, tile, and accessories to achieve the look and feel that they desire.
If you live in New Jersey and are thinking of a bathroom remodeling project we suggest that you visit our friends at General Plumbing Supply in Edison. They have a fabulous showroom! Just tell them that Neil and Jason Parsons of Design Build Planners “sent you.” Contact us today to help start your project’s design and development.
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