Top 3 Bathroom Design Complaints

The bathroom is one of the first rooms you visit when you wake up and one of the last rooms you visit before you go to bed, so the allure and functionality is extremely important.  Whether it is the safe haven for an overstressed day, or simply a place where you can enjoy some alone time, the need for a well-designed bathroom is a must.  The following is a list of the top 3 bathroom design complaints and ways you can fix them or, if possible, avoid them altogether.

1.    My bathroom shower stall is too small!  Nobody likes to hop in a shower that feels like a tiny closet where you are constantly hitting your elbows.  The best solution of course is to replace it.  However, if you are not to that stage yet, then here are some tips on how to make your shower feel more spacious:

  • Replace the shower fixture with a detachable head so you can easily maneuver through a small space.  Bonus – detachable head makes cleaning go faster!
  • Choose a glass enclosure for your shower. When you can see from one bathroom wall to another, it expands your sense of space.  This also removes the “room shortening” effect of an opaque shower curtain.
  • Toss the clutter.  Do you really need all of those bottles in the shower, all the time?  Removing the rarely used items will help it feel more spacious. Bonus – it will also reduce the number of times you knock stuff over and make a lot of noise while your spouse is still trying to sleep!

2.    My bath tub sits unused collecting dust!  Tubs are starting to seem like a relic of bygone bathing customs as the current bathroom design trends have been to excluding them altogether.  While brainstorming what to do with this space instead, consider the following:

  • Kill two birds with one stone and pump the extra square footage into the shower.  Make sure to consult a professional remodeler when taking into consideration moving plumbing around.
  • If you already have a large shower but still want to loose the tub, look to increasing the vanity space or create a small sitting area.
  • Still not convinced on getting rid of the tub for fear of negative repercussions when it comes time to sell?  Read more of my thoughts on master bathroom tubs.

3.    I have builder-grade everything!  Fortunately, this is the most simple, and often least expensive, of the three complaints to remedy.  Counter tops, tile or other flooring material, mirror frames,  faucets, cabinetry and even toilets can be replaced on your schedule within a modest budget.  If you want to start overhauling your bathroom, however, I strongly recommend to first come up with a master plan so that you end up with a cohesive look and feel to the room.  It’s easy to pick finishes that you like one at a time, but if you aren’t careful, they don’t look cohesive all in one space. 

If your bathroom has certain flaws, you don’t have to settle and live with the inconvenience.  Whether it’s a simple fix or a more extensive undertaking, there are options available that can help you turn those complaints into some of your favorite features!

Stuck on design ideas your bathroom?  Contact Tracy Tesmer Design/Remodeling for an risk-free consultation today!