Having the best bathroom in the neighbourhood, or amongst your friends is a homeowner’s dream. While you might be able to do some of the work, you will require a licensed plumber to do all the new pipe work or fix those dripping taps. Bathrooms have become the ‘house spa‘ where an individual can relax in privacy as well as doing the normal bathroom activities there. You can still brush your teeth, take a shower, wash your hands, and go to the loo, but they are becoming a lot more to families these days. Running a steaming hot bath, be it a spa bath or just a plain one, you can relax and wash away the stresses of the day.
The Bath Path
It’s been due to the change in house design that has taken the bathroom on an evolutionary journey from a place for a wash, shower, and toilet, to something far more modern, innovative and useful. Look at homes built in the 50’s and 60’s and you can see that the lack of space was the main problem. You didn’t really have a lot of time to spend in the bathroom, and the kitchen was for food preparation, not lounging about drinking coffee with family and friends. Most houses had just the one bathroom and spending more than a few minutes in there would raise the ire of other family members.
The New Road
Fast forward to the 21st century and it’s a whole new deal for bathrooms. When once you looked through interior design magazines looking at rich and splendiferous bathroom designs with a sigh and a wish, things have changed to the degree that you can now have that exact dreamed-of bathroom in your own home.
Trends for the future will take into account every aspect of a homeowner’s dream of what it should look like. Taps, storage, baths, basins, mirrors, tiling, lighting and some bathrooms even have a relaxation area of a sofa or chair. Do you want to watch TV while you are in the spa bath? Go for it. Add a nice stereo system for the music of your choice.
Two Bathroom Homes
The thing to remember is that not many homes or apartments are built these days with just the one bathroom or toilet. That has resulted in bathrooms becoming “long stay” affairs for that hot shower, the long hot bath and the serious pamper. With only one bathroom, that was impossible.
His and Hers
The ‘his’ and ‘hers’ bathroom set up started in hotels and with the rich, but now, we all know it’s actually a great idea, if you have the space. Apart from the practicality of solving the early morning rush when the partners are working, you get a good idea of just who is the messiest when it comes to bathroom cleanliness!
Tiling and Amazing Floors
While ceramic and mosaic tiles remain reasonably popular, the idea now is to use larger tiles and these can be made of material other than non-slip ceramic. Stone of different colours and origin are becoming very popular. Graffiti and pavement artistry is also finding an outlet in bathrooms. Bathroom floors can now be an artist’s canvas and after the work has been done, workers come in and lay a clear plastic acrylic over the top. Some of the results on floors look absolutely amazing.
Whatever your dream bathroom looks like, don’t forget that you will probably need a reputable plumber to help you through some of the stages of a renovation or extension.