Monday, April 27, 2009
Today's luxury bath suites are being designed and built to be a source of luxury and relaxation. Potential home buyers prioritize luxury when shopping in today’s market. These superbly designed spaces provide a sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation as well as a perfect setting to begin and end each day. Gone are the days of the utilitarian bathroom. Now, the spa environments created by architects and designers are what consumers want and need.
Luxury baths designed by Miller Young Design are added value for builders, developers, and homeowners serving as a major selling point for home developments at all price points. Bathrooms add more to a home's value than any other room— with luxurious master baths rating highest on home buyer wish lists.
The Spa like environment of these large bathrooms, focus on the shower experience often called “vertical spas.” These highly customized spaces
within the bath incorporate multiple showerheads, water diverters and sophisticated temperature control systems, as well as wall mounted body sprays such as Kohler’s New water round adjustable, multi directional body spray. The recessed installation method of this element provides a sleek and refined look.
Miller Young Design uses larger shower spaces often with frameless doors or no doors at all. Glass partitions allow more openness deflecting water from the shower. Oversized showerheads and the two-person shower is a trend in luxury bathrooms throughout Southern California.
For a total pampering experience, look to the relaxation and luxury of a spa, the soaking tub and air bath are the next big trend in luxury baths. Above floor soaking tubs such as Jasons Carrera Line provide a dramatic and functional look and many others are available in under mounted styles. The air bath provides a whirlpool experience with recalculating water jets that gently sooth and massage.
Miller Young Design favors the separation of private grooming space in luxury bath design as as well as multiple sinks. Today's well-done luxury suite bath has dramatic sink and faucet treatments. Above counter mounted sinks provide drama and functionality while adding to the look and feel of luxury.
Above counter mounted sinks provide functionality as well as unique drama adding to the “spa” environment. In wall faucets or tall standing column faucets work best with these dramatic sinks.
Another fixture that contributes to the luxury bath is the toilet – low-flow models are still the rule .In addition to improved operation, newer models also offer easier cleaning. Toto offers the wash let toilet which is an amazing automated system of comfort and hygiene. Men are requesting residential urinals as trends in bathroom layout are moving towards separate “toilet rooms” This separation is very desirable for privacy and luxury and two toilet rooms are essential in the best luxury Master suites. Separation of private grooming space is essential in luxury bath design as well as multiple sinks. Above counter mounted sinks provide functionality as well as unique drama adding to the “spa” environment. In wall faucets or tall standing column faucets work best with these dramatic sinks.
Overall trends towards pampering and self indulgence in today’s consumer drives the market towards more unique design in Master suite Baths. The spa like experience is what is desired by today’s interior design clients and home buyers. Uniqueness in design as well as special features will add value and panache to any project.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
When considering the alternatives for storage and use of audio-video equipment, custom built-in cabinetry may be more cost effective than the store-bought/ready-made alternatives. Today’s plasma screen monitors and multi channel speaker systems are often difficult to fit into armoires and standard “TV Units” available in retail stores.
Basic built-in units can start as low as $2,500.00 depending on size
and complexity. The options for finishes and styling details are endless. A custom built-in will add value to your home as well as create an integrated look for your home video and audio equipment. A built-in shelving unit can also create more storage and display space for collections, artwork, or books.
A customized built-in is tailored to the needs and size of the room. This can be particularly important in a main television viewing area of your home, where aesthetics and functionality are important.
At William Miller Design, we can create a built-in unit to suit your pocketbook. Call us in