Improving Bathrooms – The
by: Raynor James
One of the best ways to increase the value of your home is to improve
the bathrooms. Here’s a primer on things to consider.
Villeroy and Boch makes a sink that mimics a boulder worn into a bowl
by water flowing into it. It can be quite handsome in a minimalist home or
a rustic one. You can see it and others at
Concrete Jungle makes some dramatically simple concrete sinks and
vanities that surprisingly look very modern, or very farm-house. Check
concretejungleonline.com if that idea appeals.
Walker Zanger’s designs include a perfectly simple sink in white marble
for a dressier look. They also have a sturdy dark wooden “table” base that
gives it dramatic contrast. You might enjoy visiting
A shower separate from the tub is one of today’s favorite luxuries.
Some of them have been designed to feel like rain (at least part of the
time). Dornbracht has one called “RainSky M” which can be checked out at
Large frameless (or nearly frameless) glass shower enclosures are
showing up in more and more homes. MAAX makes a line of showers with
features like overhead “waterfall” systems, hand held shower heads, and
body sprays coming from the side that work well in a frameless enclosure.
I helped a family sell a home with a very interesting master bath not
too long ago. It had a shower much like the one described above, but it
was designed for two people. It looked like a glass room “floating” inside
the large bathroom.
As for tubs. Well. Would you believe a tub in an arched tile niche with
a gas log fireplace at its foot? Believe it. Can you imagine a nice long
soak while listening to flute music and sipping chilled champagne? (James
Bond can keep his martini.)
Then there are the Acryline tubs which employ warm air hydro-massage to
counter the effects of the daily rush-grab-dash of life. Explore their
therapy theory at
You get the idea. Updated means simple. It does not mean blah. It does
mean coddled. It can give you and your family pleasure and comfort while
you live in your home. It can increase your home’s sale value. You’ll be
tempted, but don’ overbuild your neighborhood with the Taj Mahal of
bathrooms if you want to be pleased with the result when you sell.