by: Raynor James
One of the best ways to increase the value of your home is to improve the bathrooms. Here's a primer on things to consider.
Villeroy and Boch makes a sink that mimics a boulder worn into a bowl by water flowing into it. It can be quite handsome in a minimalist home or a rustic one. You can see it and others at villeroy-boch.com.
Concrete Jungle makes some dramatically simple concrete sinks and vanities that surprisingly look very modern, or very farm-house. Check concretejungleonline.com if that idea appeals.
Walker Zanger's designs include a perfectly simple sink in white marble for a dressier look. They also have a sturdy dark wooden "table" base that gives it dramatic contrast. You might enjoy visiting walkerzanger.com for more ideas.
A shower separate from the tub is one of today's favorite luxuries. Some of them have been designed to feel like rain (at least part of the time). Dornbracht has one called "RainSky M" which can be checked out at dornbracht.com.
Large frameless (or nearly frameless) glass shower enclosures are showing up in more and more homes. MAAX makes a line of showers with features like overhead "waterfall" systems, hand held shower heads, and body sprays coming from the side that work well in a frameless enclosure.
I helped a family sell a home with a very interesting master bath not too long ago. It had a shower much like the one described above, but it was designed for two people. It looked like a glass room "floating" inside the large bathroom.
As for tubs. Well. Would you believe a tub in an arched tile niche with a gas log fireplace at its foot? Believe it. Can you imagine a nice long soak while listening to flute music and sipping chilled champagne? (James Bond can keep his martini.)
Then there are the Acryline tubs which employ warm air hydro-massage to counter the effects of the daily rush-grab-dash of life. Explore their therapy theory at acrylineusa.com.
You get the idea. Updated means simple. It does not mean blah. It does mean coddled. It can give you and your family pleasure and comfort while you live in your home. It can increase your home's sale value. You'll be tempted, but don' overbuild your neighborhood with the Taj Mahal of bathrooms if you want to be pleased with the result when you sell.