Buying your first home is exciting, but it can be a little draining at times. After going through all the paperwork, packing up and moving, then unpacking and realizing you don’t have nearly enough furniture to fill this new space, you’re a little tired. Understandably, furniture is the last thing you want to think about, but don’t worry; we’ve got a list of dos and don’ts to help guide you through the process as smoothly as possible.
If you’re in the market for new bathroom features, there’s a plethora of options out there. What? You mean there’s more to a shower or bathtub than just stepping in?
Yes, and some of them look like they have a control panel – but I’m not going to talk about those here. Showering shouldn’t have to be that complicated. You can upgrade your bathroom with modern bathtubs, showers and faucets that boast the latest technology that is easy to use, but be prepared to pay a pretty penny.
Here are just a few of the latest ways you can upgrade your bathroom:
Ceiling-Mount Bath Filler ($350 – $585 + additional required parts):
Why restrict the location of your tub to a wall when you can add a solid stream of water to your bath even in the middle of the room? This bath filler, mounted to the ceiling, features a pressure-compensating control to deliver a flow of water without splashing. You’ll also have to purchase the valve, handles and optional drip tray in order for it to function, making the cost quite steep if you typically use your shower more often than the tub. But if you’re looking for that blend of an antique-footed tub with today’s technology, this is the ticket.
Color-Changing LED Tub Faucet ($150 – $380):
Not only does it look cool and modern, it can help you see the temperature before you feel it. The LED tub faucet has a sensor that uses green, blue and red LED lights to indicate water temperature. This is helpful if you prefer to bathe with candlelight for a more soothing environment. On the higher end of pricing, you can get a deluxe faucet with a hand shower included.
Steam Shower Unit ($2,500 – $4,500):
Why just shower when you can feel like you’re at a spa? Steam shower units come with all kinds of bells and whistles, from CD and iPod connections to timers, benches, a foot massager and more. You can even have mood lighting, multiple shower jets and sprays or opt to take a plain old shower if you prefer. These types of units are believed to have added health benefits, as the settings can be adjusted to personal comfort levels and there is a reduced risk of mold and mildew.
Rainfall Showerhead ($100 – $3,600):
Typically ranging from 8” – 24” and made of stainless steel, brushed nickel or chrome, rainfall showerheads are a unique alternative to a hard jet of water. Mounted to the ceiling, they can be found in square, rectangle or round shapes and even with LED lights! Depending on the type of effect you prefer, you can have the head emit moderate or heavy rainfall for a “natural” shower experience.
Single-Touch or Touch-less Sink Faucet ($260 – $310):
You’ve seen the commercial – the one with several sets of messy hands and a voice singing just like the Count from Sesame Street…yes, it’s the Delta one-touch faucet. This touch-activated faucet turns on and off with just a tap anywhere on the spout or handle. Or for a little more money, you can also activate the flow of water by just moving within 4” of the faucet.
There are many other ways you can upgrade your bathroom with modern bathtubs, showers and faucets. It all depends on the size and style of your bathroom as well as your personal budget.
Have you added something new recently that made your bathroom feel more like an oasis? Share it with us!