This Scottsdale couple wanted to transform their master bathroom into a spa-like retreat where they could unwind and relax from their busy lives, and they are not alone in this growing trend of creating spa-like retreats at home.
As homeowners seek more convenient ways to unwind from their daily lives, they are turning to their homes, particularly their bathrooms, to do so. Our schedules are full these days, and our lives are often too busy to fit in an appointment at the spa across town. When you need to relax, you don’t want to wait for a time that fits your schedule. You want – and deserve – instant comfort.
The transformation began by removing the old tub to make room for a larger, barrier-free walk-in tile shower. The primary shower head was placed on an adjustable-height slider bar, and a secondary rain head was installed from the ceiling to trickle soothing rainwater. A few niches were constructed into the shower as well, to hold bath products, candles, plants or other spa-like touches.
Additionally, much thought went into the bathroom cabinetry. Pullouts on the side are equipped to hold taller products to keep the granite countertop clutter-free.
Because the existing tile in the bathroom was the same terra cotta tile used throughout the house, one of the challenges was to find materials to complement the existing materials. A smooth river-rock tile used for the shower floor was chosen for two reasons. First, it adds to the spa-like feel, and second, it also has ripples of peach that pull the floor colors together nicely.
Natural elements and earth tones were used throughout the bathroom to create tranquility. The blue wall color and glass accent tiles mixed with the natural stone tiles convey a feeling of soothing relaxation the instant you walk into the room. In addition to ample lighting fixtures, natural light was also a thoughtful consideration during the design of this project. A transom window was added above the mirror, and three box windows were included in the shower.
Finally, the homeowners knew they wanted to remain in their homes as they age, so they took steps to design “aging in place” features into their bathroom. The shower is a barrier-free shower, and a few grab bars were also installed. The primary shower head is adjustable and handheld, and perhaps the coolest feature is the shower can be turned on/off from the outside – allowing the water to heat up without the homeowner having to step into the shower to turn it on.