June 7, 2016

The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but the bathroom is where most of us start and end our days. So, when remodeling, designers want the space to be comfortable, stylish and, obviously, functional. Of course, bathrooms and how we use them has come a long way since the pedestal sink and clawfoot tub days. Here, a few Schloegel Design Remodel designers weighed in on some modern bathroom must-haves.

Great Lighting 

Both the shower and vanity area are separately lit, creating a bright bathroom space.
Both the shower and vanity area are separately lit, creating a bright bathroom space.

A well-lit bathroom is a life-changer. More likely than not, you shave, do your hair or put on make up in the bathroom, but lighting is often overlooked. Schloegel Designer Amy says she always includes can lighting in shower spaces, which are darker than most people realize. Our Designer Debby adds that any vanity area in the bathroom should have its own lighting suited for getting ready.

 

 

 

 

Shower essentials 

shower 2All designers agree that shower updates should include recessed niches. Schloegel Designer Gayle notes that placing the niches, or shelves, should take some planning. They need to be tall enough for any products you want handy and placed so they’re not clearly visible from outside of the shower.

Debby recommends incorporating a hand-held shower head, which is useful not just for cleaning people of all ages and sizes, but also for cleaning a shower space or tub. Designer Nina points out that most shower heads are too low for anyone over 6 feet tall, and she typically raises the shower head to be between 84 and 90 inches high.

Donna, another Schloegel Designer, proposes adding a heated towel rack to a shower space. They come in a variety of sizes and can be set on a timer, so installation is a breeze and they’re easy to use. She emphasizes that the appliance isn’t just a luxury item; the heat from the bar actually eliminates bacteria from growing in damp towels. Warm towels are obviously a great perk, too.

Functional countertops and cabinetry 

Quartz countertops are a “no brainer” for bathroom spaces, said Schloegel Designer Megan. The material is durable, stain-resistant and scratching quartz is practically impossible. There’s basically no maintenance required and cleaning is painless – a welcome bonus in the bathroom.

Megan suggests including cabinetry that’s the same height as kitchen countertops, 36 inches. With higher bathroom cabinetry, you don’t need to bend over, you can enjoy more storage and the room looks taller. Who doesn’t want that?

 

Thinking about remodeling your bathroom? Contact us today to talk more about renovation with Schloegel Designers.