Bathrooms are intimate places. It’s where you attend to less savory hygiene tasks and put yourself together to look presentable for the day. It’s a place of privacy, somewhere you should feel comfortable being at your most vulnerable. Adding certain features can help you create a place like that.
A Standalone Tub
While showers are ubiquitous in bathrooms today, there’s nothing quite like a soak in a tub to help you relax and unwind. Make your bathing experience special with a standalone tub. You can find standalone tubs that fit any style of bathroom.
It’s relatively easy to install a standalone tub and you can place them just about anywhere you want. Just be aware that they may require floor reinforcement, as standalone tubs are often quite heavy.
A Tankless Water Heater
Warm water is a must for a comfortable bathroom experience. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could have water heated on demand and not have to worry about running out of it? That’s what you get with a tankless water heater.
These water heaters take about 15 seconds to heat the water (though you still have to wait for the warm water to make its way through your plumbing to the faucet) and produce it on demand rather than storing it. That’s not their only advantage though. Tankless water heaters can last up to 20 years compared to 8 to 12 years for standard types. That’s about twice as much time that you get to enjoy hot water with minimal fuss.
No one wants to step out of a nice warm shower or bath onto a cold bathroom floor, and bath mats only go so far. Heated flooring takes your bathroom comfort to the next level. Installing radiant floor heating costs $5-$8 per square foot, which may seem like a lot upfront, but it could save you more in the long run. Not only does it make your bathroom more comfortable underfoot, but it can also help heat the room and save you some money on your energy bill. It’s a project well worth considering if you ever remodel your bathroom or replace the flooring.
You should feel comfortable in your bathroom no matter what you’re using it for. The right features make that easy. While you’re focused on comfort, think about the lighting and color scheme in your bathroom. Your bathroom should be well-lit and feature colors and textures that you find soothing. Not sure what that means for you? Look online for inspiration or talk to a bathroom designer about the best ways to make your bathroom as comfortable as possible.
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