Thursday, July 23, 2015

Having Your Own Spa at Home

Our culture keeps adding the pressure to do more and do it faster. When will we be able to slow down and really enjoy life! Here at Apple Wood we are devoted to making your house a home that brings you great joy and satisfaction!

The need for two incomes to finance family life today adds considerable stress. It takes up the majority of both adults hours daily. Plus, our kids playing outside with friends for hours has been replaced with organized activities which force parents to become taxi drivers on the way to all the other destinations that make up their day! Wow, how do we do it?

Even the gift of coming home to relax after a busy stress filled day has transformed. Another 60 to 90 minute appointment at a spa for some "down" or "me" time is the new norm for those lucky enough to find the time and resources to enjoy the luxury.

As new home and remodeling contractors, we here at Apple Wood  are experiencing couples who are tired of the hamster wheel. More and more, our clients, realize the wisdom of creating a spa of their own with a new bath project. Manufacturers of  cabinetry, tubs, flooring, high end plumbing fixtures, and numerous accessories have stepped up the options considerably.

I have always loved the free standing claw foot bathtub of yesteryear. However, my home is not a Victorian or turn of the century Craftsman style house.  I assumed my only option was a built in tub with a surround and shower head enclosed by a shower curtain or glass sliding doors.

Good news! Modernized claw foot bath tubs are still available to satisfy the design tastes of  someone who loves to live in a historical home or "Painted Lady" Victorian. If you do not and still want a free standing tub, most manufacturers have expanded their lines to include contemporary sleek lines. For example, the sculptural Escale or Reve Collections by Kohler are a pure work of art with geometric lines to complement a modern taste in decor. Both choices have pieces in their collection for every necessary item needed in your bathroom. That means your pedestal or vanity top mounted sinks match the tub. The toilet will as well.

Why is it important for the plumbing fixtures to match? Most homes do not dedicate a large part of the square footage of the home to bathrooms. The Master Bath is an exception. Some can be wonderfully expansive, but most are not. The eye naturally interprets the room as larger when there are less differences to look at or changes in the room. Glass shower walls and matching lines in the plumbing fixtures flow better. They give an illusion of  continuity. Color choice and simple lines add to the same calming effect. Selecting matching tile for the shower that is repeated in the flooring adds space visually.

We can make your bath beautiful so it "looks" like a spa. We can also make your bath a spa!

There are no limitations these days for a home spa environment. Remember the freestanding tub?
Instead of jacuzzi jets requiring a tub to be against the wall dropped into a framed box with a deck hiding the pipes needed to create the water motion, air jets within the unit itself creates the bubbles.
The tubs are heated within as well. Your water never gets tepid or cold as it can recirculating in a jacuzzi style tub. You can relax and drift away  in the same temperature of water as long as you like.
Stepping out of the tub onto a heated tile floor is heaven too as you reach to grab a big fluffy towel off the heated towel bar.

If you prefer and have the room for both a shower and a tub configured on a wall or in a corner, picture this! You are relaxing in your bathtub looking at your bath fireplace with a fire glowing just past your feet. Perhaps your Master Bath is on the second floor which allows you to enjoy your magnificent view from the large window next to your tub since no one can look in. The beautiful glass walls and door of your shower allow you to gaze at the " jewelry" accent tiles you added to the stone or porcelain tile shower walls you selected. They are the same tiles used elsewhere in the room, which visually expands your space. You may never leave your new spa!

If you are shower person rather than a bath person, you have even more options.  Most Master Baths can accommodate a shower and bathtub. If not, the biggest trend these days in Master Baths is removing a tub completely to expand the shower into a two person piece of heaven. You do not have to give up having the air jet tub if your Master Bath does not have room for both. One can still be available by upgrading an existing tub in another bathroom in your home.

One way of finding square footage for a double shower, other than removing the tub,  is to access closet space in a bedroom next door to the bath. To be legally called a bedroom a closet must be in the room. However, a current closet can be reconfigured, made a little smaller so that the master bath shower can be expanded.

Spa showers can combine so many luxurious elements. Dual shower heads are the basic component.
Two people can shower, wash their hair and enjoy getting ready for the day in a more timely manner.

If relaxing after your work day is your goal, think about these spa options. Benches to relax on and sit awhile slow you down almost as much as soaking in a bath tub will. Shampoo, conditioner, shaving products, and your skincare products all have a home conveniently created into the wall of the shower. Steam jets turn your shower into a steam room that draws out the tension of your day.

Handheld wand shower heads are only part of high end accessories for shower controls these days. There are panels that include specially designed and positioned pulsating jets to massage you. Do you enjoy music and soft lighting? Both are available for your home spa experience in your shower or bathroom as you relax in your freestanding tub.

We would love to listen to your needs and your dreams to make your house the home you have always wanted. Please stop by our showroom or give us a call. We are here to make your dreams a reality!



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