By Heidi Powell
In this fast-paced, high-stress world, more and more people are looking to their homes as a refuge for peace and tranquility. Homeowners are simplifying while at the same time outfitting their homes with quality products that provide them with comfort and ease.
While a jetted tub is essential to some as a place to soak away the hustle and bustle of life, a generous shower can meet the needs of others. A walk-in shower with a comfortable seat provides convenience and safety. Whether the primary focus is the shower or the tub, separate shower and tub enclosures are the trend.
Heat is a recurring theme in bathrooms as homeowners ask for heated towel racks, heated fogless mirrors and heated flooring. Stepping onto a warm tile floor when you get out of your tub and reaching for a heated towel is a wonderful way to pamper yourself.
Separate vanity areas are popular as couples find they each need their own space on a busy morning. Vanities can be customized for the height of the user and elaborate details added. For example, outlets in drawers, unique drawer dividers and roll out shelves personalize a vanity and improve functionality.
A bathroom that provides pleasing stimuli for all the senses is the ultimate in bath design. With our overcast Oregon skies, chromatherapy, using the therapeutic effects of light to battle Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), can make a big difference in our happiness. Adding specialty light fixtures or new glazed openings like skylights can be simple light therapy options. A bathroom sound system, heated floors, live plants, saunas, and aromatherapy can all work together for a complete home spa experience.
Heidi Powell is Co-owner of Powell Construction, an award winning design-build company established in 1990, and a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Heidi can be reached at the design studio located on South 3rd Street in Corvallis or at 541-752-0805.