Creating the perfect master bed and bath
September 26, 2008
The majority of people in this country spend 25 percent of their lives in the privacy of their own bedrooms. Some of the lucky ones even get to spend more time than that.
Given this statistic, shouldn’t we try to make the master bedroom area an attractive place in which we look forward to spending quality time? In most new homes, the master bedroom suite has a private master bath adjoining the bedroom area. If you live in an older home that shares a bath with other bedrooms, then perhaps a master bedroom/bath addition could be in your future. Here are some ideas to consider, whether you’re remodeling or building from scratch.
First, think about the size of your bed. The room needs to be large enough so you can climb out of bed in the morning without banging your knees on the wall or, worse yet, having to throw off the covers and slide down to the foot of the bed just to put your feet on the floor. The room should also be able to comfortably hold all of the furniture you feel is necessary. This may include nightstands, a chest of drawers, an armoire, easy chairs, a dressing table, a television and stereo chests, or any other pieces of furniture you desire. Don’t be afraid to consult an architect or designer to help you in the planning process, but remember that this area of your home will truly be a reflection of your tastes ” a room in which you need to feel comfortable. A well-thought-out design will serve you in good stead for many years to come, as well as increase the value of your home.
The master bedroom/bath suite should include an ample walk-in closet. This space should be well lit and efficiently designed for the maximum use of clothing and accessories display and storage. Consider using the closet area as a pass-through to the master bath.
The master bath, like the bedroom, should be a reflection of your needs and desires. If budget allows, consider a separate bath and shower. A jetted tub can certainly help drain away tension from a long, hard workday. A shower with a bench and enough room to turn around without banging your elbows on the tile is also a good thing. Allow plenty of counter space around your lavatory sink or sinks, as well as adequate cabinet space for toiletries and medical necessities. Also consider a separate room or area for the toilet.
As with any remodel, the time spent up front thinking, dreaming and planning will more than pay for itself once the project begins. Be sure to make use of design professionals, magazines and the internet to give you ideas. Attend a builders’ parade of homes or take advantage of any open houses offered by Realtors. Then you will be able to finalize your own thoughts on a new master bedroom/bath suite, get through the construction process and enjoy the quarter of your life that you will spend there.