HOW TO BUILD A CUSTOM HOME, Part 6: Interior Design Features — Custom luxury master suite

In this series, the professionals at the B.O.L.D. Company will take you through the process of building a custom home in the Greater Cincinnati – Northern Kentucky area. From plan and lot selection, to mortgage approval, to the actual construction, we’ll take you behind-the-scenes each week for an inside look at a different part of the process.

This week, we look at some popular feature options for the master suite:

The typical master suite setup includes both a tub and a shower, either separate or a combination tub/shower unit. Lately, homebuyers have been choosing non-traditional tub and shower units that add elegance and luxury to the suite.

  • Soaking tubs Bathing can have more benefits than simply hygiene. Soaking tubs, in particular, bring to your routine both relaxation and stress release, while soothing aching muscles. Some popular options outside of the standard 5 foot wall-to-wall built-in unit include:
    • Garden These tubs are larger and deeper than a standard tub, and so, better suited to a long soak. They also tend to have a more rounded shape, and are often molded for comfort, with back, head, and arm rests built in.
    • Claw-foot or Pedestal Claw-foot tubs give an antique look to a bathroom, while pedestal tubs can often have a quite modern look. Both of these tubs, like the garden tub, are designed for the bather to lie fully immersed in water
    • Roman/Greek/Japanese Though different names, based on different traditions, the intentions and the results are nearly the same. These tubs are designed to allow the bather to remain fully immersed in water while sitting upright, rather than the traditional Western tub that requires the bather to lie in the water. (For example, think of these tubs as miniature hot tubs, but without the jets.) These tubs can be space savers that fit in spots that standard 5 foot rectangular shower/tub combos do not, because the focus is on depth, not length.
    • Jacuzzi A soaking tub with whirlpool jets is another popular means of bringing luxury home to your master suite. Jetted tubs are readily available for purchase, or jets can be installed into an existing tub.
  • Custom showers Taking a bath is not the only way to relax at the end of a long day. Those who prefer showers have plenty of luxury options, too:
    • Size Custom showers are tending to be larger. Purchase a shower enclosure in the shape and size you want, or use tile to surround your shower stall. Gone are the days of the 2.5 ft x 2.5 ft single stall!
    • Entry Shower curtains are still in use, but more commonly, glass doors are installed for the shower entry. Even more trendy are open showers that have no door at all! Imagine having no shower door or shower curtain to try to keep clean from soap-scum and mildew!
    • Showerheads Custom showers rarely have one showerhead at one height. Nowadays, luxury showers have showerheads on either side of an open double-stall shower enclosure. Multiple showerheads can be placed at various heights and can have differing settings. Consider installing a showerhead with a nozzle.
    • Steam shower/sauna Design your custom shower to be a steam shower or sauna, and your master suite will be like an at-home spa! Steam showers and saunas must be completely enclosed to keep in the heat and moisture, and to avoid damage to the rest of the bathroom. While they may also function as a traditional shower, they will generally require additional plumbing and wiring to produce the steam.
  • Radiant heating When you step out of your custom bath tub or shower, don’t step onto a cold tile floor! Radiant heating options are available for warming your bathroom floor!
  • Towel warmers A nice finishing touch to a custom luxury master suite is a towel warmer, available as a warming rack or a warming drawer. After stepping out of your jacuzzi or steam shower, there is nothing like a nice, warm towel to further soothe tired muscles.

B.O.L.D. Homes, a B.O.L.D. company, has been established as among the premiere Greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky custom home builders since 1986. We have well over 500 customer designed homes to our credit. Work one-on-one with the owners of the company – including a licensed real estate broker, a licensed real estate agent, a licensed professional engineer, and a CAD draftsman/designer – to design your dream home full of the features important to you. We can help you find a balance between luxury and budget.


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