Creating a Personal Oasis in Your Home
Why leave the comfort of your residence and travel to a remote location when you can create a personal haven right in your very own home. What does it take to transform your bathroom into a luxurious oasis, is it a steam shower, a clawfoot tub, heated floors or a sauna?
To answer that question you must first decide what you want to use your spa for. Whether you just want to indulge yourself in worldly self gratifying pleasure or perhaps immerse yourself in a holistic therapeutic relaxation session, you can transform your mundane bathroom into the home spa you have always wanted by examining your needs.
Everybody likes to indulge themselves once in a while. With having a spa in your bathroom you can pamper yourself when ever you want without feeling guilty.
One of the most asked questions about creating a home spa is whether or not you can renovate your old bath into a spa in the same space as a traditional bathroom; the answer is a resounding yes. Just remember that the more features you want to incorporate into your design, the more space you will need, so choose your guilty pleasures carefully.
The goal is to create a space that is luxurious and within the confines of your budget. Because interior decorators and contractors are more versed in the optimal use of traditional bathroom spaces, it would be in your best interest to consult with a professional when trying to come up with a good spatial layout.
They can also make you aware of the structural implications of bringing new fixtures into your bathroom. A deep soaking tub may require floor reinforcements and possibly a water supply upgrade so that your tub can be filled at a reasonable rate and time.
There are also cost saving measures you can use, for example, if your budget is tight and you don’t want to invest in a full body water massage shower unit, you can achieve a similar result by installing two shower heads on opposite ends of your enclosed shower with excellent results.
Though much can be said about the marvellous effects and convenience of a tower shower system with its retractable hand and body sprayers, sometimes it just may not be in your budget.
Another simple pleasure in your shower can be achieved by changing out your old shower head with a sunflower-sized rain shower head. You can even install a steam generator in your shower; just don’t forget to incorporate a shower seat or bench so that you can fully enjoy the relaxing effects of the steam.
A towel warmer is reminiscent of a high class hotel and doesn’t cost much.
High Style and Personal Comfort
One of the first things that comes to mind when thinking about a home spa is a bath tub, whether soaking, jetted, whirlpool or body contoured for maximum comfort, today’s tubs offer a striking variety of options to enhance your personal comfort and bring high style into your personal spa.
While jetted tubs provide an invigorating massage they do tend to be larger, for smaller traditional baths, a deep soaking tub will fit better into your space while at the same time providing you with a good soak from chin to toe.
How about a ceiling mounted bath filler to create a stir or a circular stainless-steel soaking tub to fashion a trendy minimalist effect in your bath.
And for a holistic effect, a chroma therapy system in your bath tub with submerged lights that transition through a predetermined range of colors to create a calming medicinal effect to reduce stress and enhance your moods is the way to go. Included in some systems are CD players and USB ports for uploading white noise, classical relaxing music or whatever genre you prefer.
Atmosphere in your home spa is everything! Because of the nominal size of a traditional bathroom, you can indulge yourself with luxurious surface materials made of natural stone. Marble is a great surface choice.
A marble seat in your shower encourages you to stay longer. White marble and frosted glass exhibits a sense of elegance; stainless steel creates glitter and punch and says here I am. This is my kingdom.
Bathroom fixtures have moved beyond the basics and are now functional as well as beautifying pieces of sculptural art in their own right with sparkling or matte finishes in chrome, stainless steel, copper and gold.
Cabinets, storage compartments and even sinks made from exotic imported woods augment individuality and luxury. Plants add a lush tropical feel, candles and jars filled with soaps and bath salts add charm.
Chandeliers add a note of opulence. Indulge your senses with aromatherapy and heated floors. This is your home spa, your haven, your private oasis, your sanctuary; do with it as you please, just remember to do it with style.