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Bathroom Retreat: Creating a Master Bath Worthy of the Master

By Alicia Murphy | August 2, 2012

In the housing industry there are always trends that come and go. These include spaces that fluctuate in popularity with buyers, upgrades as technology becomes more innovative, and green improvements that help to reduce carbon footprint while increasing efficiency. In the last couple of years one room that has gotten some major attention is the master bath. So how can you upgrade your home's bath to make it truly worthy of the master of the house?

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Spacious Shower

An attribute of small bathrooms that I've heard bemoaned over and over again by buyers is a small shower stall. No one wants to take a shower each day in a space that looks as though you'd be hard pressed to bend your knees. Adding a larger tiled shower not only increases your personal comfort each day in your maintenance routine but also usually has good return on the investment. A big trend in shower tile these days is using colored tiles like you might expect to see in a kitchen backsplash. This takes your shower from being just a boring place of cleanliness to a bold accent space in your bathroom. Add a high-powered shower head or two and you've gone from having a shower to having an oasis.

Double Vanities

No master bathroom retreat would be complete without double vanities or his/her vanities. After all, the secret to a happy marriage might just be personal sinks. As women tend to shed makeup about while prepping themselves and men have those ever-spreading whiskers to clean up it's no wonder why having double vanities helps preserve sanity (and peace!). So if you've got the space in your master or plan on expanding the space you'll definitely want to allocate room and resources for this master retreat necessity.

Heated Floors

Traditionally bathroom flooring materials all share one basic characteristic: they're freezing first thing on a cold winter morning. Whether you have tile, vinyl or concrete you're likely to rue your first step into the bathroom without putting your slippers on first, and yet here is a space where you spend a great deal of time standing every morning. If it fits within your budget heated floors make a great addition to a master bath retreat. Imagine getting out of the shower and stepping onto a warm, comforting surface as opposed to a cold uninviting one!

Your master bathroom is a space that you use for extended periods of time each and every day. So it's no small wonder that creating an inviting oasis in this room brings not only a greater deal of personal comfort and happiness in your space but also a great financial return on your investment. 

Alicia Murphy is a licensed real estate agent. My freelance writing career began simultaneously with my Real Estate career in 2010.As a Realtor I’ve worked primarily with buyers in finding themtheir dream home and have experience in foreclosure sales, but I've also represented sellers in marketing and selling their homes. As we await the bolstering return of the Real Estate market I will continue to adapt to ever-changing conditions and continue to provide first-rate service to my clients.
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