Bathroom Spa Ideas: The Steam Shower

OAK_008While steam showers are known to herald benefits such as clearing the sinuses and removing toxins from the body, there are some things homeowners need to know before making the investment in their bathroom.

Steam showers are great for furthering the at-home spa experience and can be very relaxing, even therapeutic.  Before you add one to your primary bathroom, there are a few things to keep in mind.

The first issue is to ensure your bathroom has adequate ventilation to eliminate all the steam.  Also, the size of the steam generator should always be determined by a professional to assure it’s sufficient for the size of the shower, taking into account the area of exterior walls and other factors.

Another technical element to make sure is in place is having a slightly pitched ceiling so that condensation runs down the sides of the shower.  When choosing material for the shower, porcelain is one of the best routes to go because it’s a hard, non-porous option.  Natural stones are very porous and are more susceptible to mold and mildew.Shower with heated bench

Once you get past technicalities and materials, there are plenty of accessory options like auto-flush for the steam shower and adding aromatic oils to the steam for aromatherapy.  You can include a built-in bench for further relaxation, or even splurge on a heated bench seat to really step up the spa-like experience.

Adding a steam function to your shower is just one more way you can create a spa-inspired experience in your primary bathroom. Learn about all the different options available to upgrade your primary suite at an upcoming workshop, or schedule a time to talk with a designer about your primary bathroom’s potential.

Laundry Room Ideas

laundry room with dark cabinetry white countertops created by normandy designer leslie molloyMany people are opting to make their laundry rooms a more functional space by incorporating shelving, laundry room storage created by normandy designer vince weberdrawers and designated areas for hanging clothes and folding.

“For the homes that have a laundry room and mudroom combo, some people are even choosing to include things like craft areas and doggie showers,” says Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD.  “Often times the laundry room color scheme and décor will be consistent with the surrounding rooms.  Since so much time is spent in the laundry room, homeowners are wanting to make it a nicer, more organized space.”

“I’m seeing a lot of white laundry rooms, most likely because it gives the space a fresh, clean aesthetic,” says Leslie.  “The other trend with laundry rooms is that people are pulling them out of the basement when possible for the convenience of having it on the first or second floor of the home.”

blue laundry room open shelving dark cabinetry created by normandy designer ann stockardwhite laundry room cabinetry storage created by normandy designer chris ebertlaundry room craft room created by normandy designer kathryn odonovan




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