Bathroom Upgrades Worth The Splurge

Whether you're remodeling or having a custom home built, one of the big areas for your attention – and budget – is the master bathroom. It's a room that will significantly impact your daily routines. As such, you probably want to add certain amenities in the bathroom. Choose bathroom upgrades that complement both your daily routines and your home's style.

Freestanding Bathtub

One of the most soothing activities is relaxing in the tub after a long day or workout. As Better Homes and Gardens points out, adding a freestanding tub to your bathroom creates a luxurious, spa-like atmosphere. Such tubs come in different designs, such as slipper shapes for leaning back and Japanese-style for full submersion. Material options also include traditional porcelain, copper and wood. Choose a style and material that best complements your décor.

Shower Seating

Walk-in showers are one of the biggest trends in contemporary bathrooms. You can choose between having full glass enclosures or glass walls that leave part of the shower space open. Either way, leave enough room for seating in the shower. Seating facilitates your grooming routines. You can add a portable bench, or you can have the contractors build the seating into the wall or even up from the floor.

Glass Tile Accenting

Your bathroom will probably feature a lot of tile work. Consider having the contractors use glass tile for accenting. Glass is a luxury material for tile that features its own shine. Glass tiles come in rich colors. You can have them added as a mosaic border, or you can choose larger glass tiles. Glass reflects the light back into your space, so choose areas near windows to best promote an airy ambiance.


Speaking of windows, skylights are an ideal upgrade for your master bath. Skylights let in lots of natural light without compromising your privacy. Look for areas where you most want the natural light, such as the grooming station. You can also place the skylight over your walk-in shower or freestanding bathtub. You can choose an operable skylight, which opens with remote control, for added ventilation.


A cozy upgrade for your master suite is a fireplace, especially if you place it near the freestanding bathtub. Modern gas fireboxes are self-contained, so you can design any style of fireplace that fits your décor. For instance, you could choose a natural stone hearth for a country-style bathroom. However, the firebox can be placed directly into a wall with a minimalist surround for a modern bathroom.

Spend your bathroom budget on the upgrades that will best promote luxury in your bathing as well as create beauty. Talk with a company like Hess Homes for more ideas.