Essen­tials for a DIY spa bath­room

The Prince George Citizen - The Citizen - Real Estate Weekly - - Real Estate Weekly -

Re­lax­ing at a spa each week may be a luxury re­served for celebri­ties and so­cialites. For many peo­ple, a day spa is a treat en­joyed on spe­cial oc­ca­sions or while on va­ca­tion. How­ever, home bath­rooms can be de­signed to pro­vide the same types of ameni­ties of­fered at day spas right in the com­fort of one’s home.

The Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion says that money, work and the fu­ture of the coun­try are par­tic­u­larly strong stres­sors to­day. Eighty per­cent of work­ers feel stress on the job and learn­ing how to man­age stress is a top con­cern, ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute of Stress. Cre­at­ing a Zen-like re­treat at home can help al­le­vi­ate stress and im­prove health. Home­own­ers whose ren­o­va­tion plans in­clude turn­ing a bath­room into a spa oa­sis will need to choose which fea­tures they de­sire most. These sug­ges­tions can spur on more ideas to cre­ate the ideal re­treat.

• Soaker bath­tub: There’s some­thing to be said about a lux­u­ri­ous soak in a tub. Tubs come in dif­fer­ent sizes and shapes, like the highly rec­og­niz­able claw­foot tub and other free­stand­ing units. These types of tubs, as well as cor­ner tubs, can of­fer deep-seated luxury by way of a re­lax­ing and restora­tive soak. Pair with scented bath bombs or salts for a true spa ex­pe­ri­ence. • Steam shower: Steam show­ers are self-en­closed units that fea­ture gen­er­a­tors that de­liver steam through steam heads. The steam fills the space and can help a per­son un­wind be­fore a re­fresh­ing shower or bath. Ac­cord­ing to the re­tailer Mod­ern Bath­room®, mod­ern steam show­ers come with dig­i­tal controls, which makes it easy for users to ac­ti­vate the shower, ad­just the length of time that the shower will op­er­ate and ad­just tem­per­a­ture controls. Ex­tra fea­tures like mu­sic, mood light­ing and aro­mather­apy can be in­cluded as well.

• Heated floors: Heated floors pro­vide the ut­most in com­fort when step­ping out of the bath or shower. They can warm the room and make us­ing the space more com­fort­able in cold weather.

• Ves­sel sinks: A ves­sel sink typ­i­cally fea­tures a bowl or basin that looks like it was placed on top of the van­ity. Ves­sel sinks can el­e­vate the am­biance in spa bath­rooms.

• Plush tow­els and robes: In ad­di­tion to fix­tures and other functional com­po­nents of the bath, linens are key. Soft-spun Egyp­tian or Turkish cot­ton tow­els and robes are a must-have luxury for the full spa ex­pe­ri­ence.

• Com­fort­able seat: A bench or chair nes­tled by a bath­room win­dow is the per­fect spot for pedi­cures or catch­ing up on some light read­ing.

• Nat­u­ral light: Sky­lights or pri­vacy-en­sur­ing win­dows are a must to cre­ate a re­lax­ing space close to na­ture. A spa bath­room at home is within reach. With a few touches, any bath­room can be trans­formed into a lux­u­ri­ous oa­sis.

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