Have you been considering remodeling your master bathroom as your next major home improvement project and want to give it the look and feel of a luxury spa? If so, bathroom upgrades (through professionals like Patriot Construction) are an excellent way to increase both the value of your home as well as your quality of life. Following are three ways that you can turn your master bath into a mini home spa that will serve as a relaxing haven for you and your spouse.

Install a Large, Stand-Alone Shower

Until recently, showers have generally been far-from-luxurious afterthoughts situated in traditional, alcove-type bathtubs or telephone-booth sized stalls tucked away in corners. Master bath trends of recent years have focused on tubs, with large, soaking tubs reminiscent of the old-school clawfoot bathtubs taking center stage in design publications. However, many people simply don't have the time for luxurious soaks on a daily basis, so the humble shower has evolved to meet consumer need for everyday pampering. Large, walk-in showers can hold benches and plenty of shelving for your personal grooming products. You can have your shower customized to include other features such as:

  • Steam generators
  • His-and-her showerheads for those who like to shower together
  • Versatile shower sprays

Hide the Toilet

Face it, no matter how you dress it up, a toilet is never going to be an aesthetically appealing, stylish fixture. To provide your master bathroom with the sleek look of an upscale spa, hide your toilet behind a half-wall or place it in an alcove. It doesn't have to be completely banished from sight, but you'll create a better ambiance if it isn't right out in the open. If you don't want to put up a wall, an armoire or vanity can be used to create an attractive visual break.

Install a Gas Fireplace

A gas fireplace near the tub or a small seating area adds the ultimate touch of luxury to your master bath. Gas fireplaces are ideal because you can turn them off and on easily without having to mess with lighting a wood fire or carrying wood into the room. They are also aesthetically appealing and come in a variety of sizes. They also provide a more consistent heat than wood fireplaces, don't require a chimney, and can be used during times when county and municipal authorities have placed bans on wood-burning fireplaces and stoves in order to protect outdoor air quality.