While an ensuite bathroom typically serves as an escape for those lucky enough to have a spare room, it is also a practical choice for many homes. Whereas a full bathroom can sometimes be too crowded for personal hygiene products, the suite can make up for this by providing a quick and easy alternative. These areas are designed to include a walk in shower, with separate bath and toilet areas. However, in some homes, these may not quite fit together. There are other options available to help you create a custom-designed master bath, especially if your home has stretched into a smaller space.
While an ensuite bathroom often functions well in smaller homes where there is not a large amount of floor space to work with, they are also fantastic options for those homes where a more personal and intimate feel is desired for bedrooms. The term ‘ensuite bathroom‘ refers to any bathroom with a lower opening than the main bedroom space. Thus, instead of having a narrow showering area and/or toilet/toilets, you will find that you have a much larger space for walking around and using the utilities. If you are able to install a dual-classing bathroom, you can have the commode and shower located in two separate areas of your room, to create a feeling of doubling up spaces. With newer building techniques and plumbing innovations, a modern ensuite is often more energy-efficient than an old fashioned separate room.
For those homes where space is limited, but a spacious ensuite bathroom can be created, there are a number of things to consider. There are a number of different types of fixtures that can be incorporated into this type of bathroom. You may choose from glass shower enclosures, which provide clear viewing from both sides of the bathroom, a feature that many homeowners appreciate. Additionally, there are a variety of different designs in which to mount plumbing. One thing to remember though, is that these types of bathrooms are often taller than other types, so a person will need to add extra height to their bathroom to accommodate for the plumbing and other things like electrical outlets.
In the design phase of planning your ensuite bathroom, it is important to ensure that the floor space to and between the vanity units is ample. By adding wall-mounted cabinets and doors with a low-profile, you will be able to use this much-needed floor space for things like cupboards, benches, storage units, and other functionalities. Many bathrooms offer no door but instead a solid surface on which you can place the vanity or mirrors. In this instance, the vanity unit doors can serve as the doors for drawers, cabinets, and other functional items. For aesthetic purposes however, solid surface doors may be preferred.
When it comes to additional storage, there are a number of options available. It is always best to use durable storage items that will not be easily broken or damaged. These can be placed along the walls near the floor space. If you have an odd number of appliances in your bedroom, such as a small hair salon, then look at how you can make use of the space by installing hooks on the walls or other containers.
If the master bedroom is located on the first floor, then it may not be possible to have a walk-in ensuite bathroom. In this case, consider installing a shower enclosure on the second floor. Many homes already have a built-in walk-in shower enclosure. However, if your master bedroom is located on a lower floor, a walk-in shower enclosure may be the only option. This type of enclosure can also be used for children’s bath tubs.
When it comes to additional functionality, many families opt to install a new tub, whether it is an en-suite bathroom or a downstairs shower. In general, an en-suite bathroom has a few more options and features than a downstairs shower. The two most common options include a whirlpool Jacuzzi or heated towel bars. There are more sophisticated options with additional jets and massaging jets. Whichever type of ensuite bathroom you have installed, consider adding extra storage or other features so that your home stays organized.
Although they look very similar, the styles and types of both the en-suite bathroom and a luxurious upstairs shower room differ greatly. In an ensuite bathroom, the shower doors open upwards instead of sideways like those in a luxury suite. The luxury suites have sliding doors that open upwards but in both cases, the floor is covered with waterproof tiles. Both styles are designed to create a luxurious spa experience, but the price difference between the two really comes down to personal preference.