Kitchen and Bath Design News - December 2014 - page 4

with a large space and even larger re-
sources. “Regardless of the budget, it
seems that every client these days uses
the word “spa” to describe the look and
feel they wish to have refected in their
new bathroom,” says Robin Amorello,
CKD, CAPS, Atmoscaper Design in
Topsham, ME. This can be achieved
simply, by using classic materials, or
there may be a desire for more crea-
ture comforts such as a steam shower
with multiple body sprays and rain
shower, a chromatherapy tub, heated
towels, and radiant flooring. “The
budget largely dictates how many of
these amenities the client will choose
to include,” she says.
A spa-like environment can be cre-
ated in a space of any size, and the Zen
feeling these spaces evoke can exist
in areas large and small. A thought-
ful use of the available space is what
matters most, designers agree.
Because spa-style bathrooms can
come in any size, capturing the se-
renity desired depends a lot on the
materials chosen, says Teague. Larger
spaces can accommodate freestanding
tubs over 6' long, but smaller 5' tubs
can create the same feeling in a small-
er space, she says. Simple lines and
color have an efect on how a space
feels, as well. And rooms both large
and small can accommodate contrast-
ing colors such as dark cabinets with
light foors and countertops, she adds.
Neither does a small space have
to look cluttered. “Even if clients are
downsizing and the square footage
is reduced, today’s trend is toward a
cleaner, more minimalistic look so the
room feels more spacious,” says ASID,
IIDA and NKBA member Lori Carroll
of Lori Carroll & Associates in Tuscon,
AZ. If space allows, however, her cli-
ents opt for larger bathrooms with as
many amenities as will ft, she adds.
Amorello says, “I don’t think that
the size of the bath necessarily limits
the ability to achieve a spa experience.
A creative designer can work magic
with just about any space they are
given, but obviously size does matter
with regard to what you can ft into
a space.”
Though spa baths don’t need to be
large, space must be used efciently.
Large, lavish countertops that take up
the entire length of a wall, or enor-
mous tubs that dominate the room,
might not be practical with a smaller
footprint. “Sometimes being lavish
gives way to being more functional,”
says Blumer.
Placement of components and
how the bath relates to surrounding
spaces such as the master bedroom
and dressing areas should also be
considered.
Many homeowners are moving
away from a linear layout to tuck the
commode away in a compartment, or
mount it directly to the wall. This is
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An elegant tub and a sitting
area for getting dressed, or just
relaxing, are wonderful additions
to the spa bath, as seen in this
design by Lori Carroll & Associates.
Lori Carroll & Associates used
richly hued natural materials, lots
of texture and plenty of high-end
amenities to transform this bath
into a private refuge.
Photo: williamlesch.com
Photo: williamlesch.com
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