There are a number of rules of thumb to remember which may just make your upcoming bathroom remodel a stunning success. The design process can be a tough one, for even experienced homeowners, so it is always helpful to have a solid plan moving forward to assist you in making decisions.
Rule #1: Look at your new bath as an extension of your bedroom.
One thing people don’t often think about when adding a master bath is how the new space will work in context with the whole bedroom floor. Rather than seeing a solid relationship between the bedroom, bathroom, entryways, storage areas, and washing areas, it is much more common to envision each piece separately. This is especially the case when you choose to do each one in a separate project, rather than all at once. Without looking at the whole, there can be a tunnel vision effect where one becomes so focused on the specific area of a remodel that the interrelation of all the pieces as one is lost.
Rule #2: Don’t let your new space take away from your existing space.
It can be easy to allow your ambitious plans for a new master bath to dwarf your existing bedroom layout, and by contrast, make it look less significant. Generally speaking you should want to maintain balance between the two by keeping the bath smaller than your sleeping area. The bath should be a relaxing and comfortable space, but it doesn’t need to show up the bedroom to do so.
In an ideal layout each part of the bathroom will be given the room to effectively serve its essential function. This should be a goal that goes right at the top of your list, above even aesthetic aspects. Decide if this means that you will need a separate shower and tub, or perhaps if the toilet needs its own separate nook. Sometimes an open scheme is more desirable, but if space is short, even a well placed toilet can make a bathroom seem more comfortable and roomier.
Rule #3: Give features that you wish to highlight space to be seen.
In terms of your aesthetic goals, make sure you give special features, whether they be fixtures or architectural features, their due by allowing enough empty wall space for them to stand out. Fixtures simply lined up against a busy wall can just bleed into one another, when it serves you much better to have well defined spaces. Determine how much space this will require and use that as your guide as you design.
Finally, once you have connected your bath to your bedroom in your mind, take another step and connect them all again to the house as a whole. Keep with your own taste, but it is almost always better to honor the essential character of the house. A house with a distinct period character should strive to preserve it. Don’t fall into the trap, however, of assuming expensive materials are necessarily better. Identify the qualities you want and then consult a designer to help you find what you want in your price range.