By Natzu Shimizu. Bathroom. Monday, September 11th 2017, 14:52:26 PM.
Bathtubs. There's nothing like a long, luxurious bath. That luxury takes a lot of water – roughly 50 to 70 gallons per bath. Being water wise doesn't have to mean giving up your long soak. When remodeling or building, look for smaller tubs with a capacity of less than 60 gallons. Also, when you're just looking for a quick clean, you'd be more water smart to jump in the shower, where you'll use about half the water.
Show off your tilework. "We like to use frameless shower doors for a couple of reasons", says Mariette Barsoum of Divine Kitchens. "With a frameless door, there's no visual separation, which make the space larger. Plus, unlike framed doors, they don't hide the beautiful tilework in the shower. Frameless doors also sport a cleaner, more modern look – and we like that". Make a small room feel larger. "I was inspired by the framework of this house and its secluded and forestlike surroundings", says Kimberly Arnold Fletcher of Spectrum Design Group. "My goal was to create an open feel and bring the outside into the master bathroom. The frameless door allowed me to not only provide a transparent look that mirrors the windows added to the space, but it also made a very small room feel larger and more spacious".
Soak in the sunset. For this bathroom, Crisp chose a vintage black claw‐foot tub. "Who wouldn't want to relax in a hot bath while gazing into the sunset across the rolling hills?" he asks. Highlight the positive. "Prior to its remodel, this master bathroom had a built‐in vanity and tub surround that started at the entry door by the sinks and was carried all the way around to the shower", says Susan Brown of Susan E. Brown Interior Design. "By using a freestanding bathtub and separate vanities, I knew the space would be opened up yet still feel cohesive with the integration of similar colors and finishes". She adds that "having negative space surrounding the tub gives more emphasis to it as the pièce de résistance of the room. I continued to emphasize that aspect with hidden accent lighting that shines through the onyx tub deck and down onto the iridescent turquoise glass tiles, creating an 'incredible soft glow,' as my client put it".