Jason Black of Artisan Signature Homes in Louisville, Kentucky discusses trends in master bathrooms found in luxury homes nowadays. “With families being so busy, families want a spa-like retreat,” he tells host and Realtor Greg Fleischaker (that’s me!) Over the years, master bathrooms have gotten bigger, but many of the Norton Commons master baths are not enormous but have high-end finishes that create the same feel.
Jacuzzi tubs surrounded by tiles have fallen by the wayside. Clawfoot, pedestal or free-standing tubs have become the new design standard. “It’s a little bit of form and function,” Jason Black explains. Many owners said they never really used their Jacuzzis and weren’t really into the necessary upkeep. They also like the cleaner look of “transitional modern” style tubs.
Some homeowners also opt for showers for resale purposes or for their own personal use. In the past, ceiling-mounted rainhead fixtures were the trend, but nowadays, owners want dual shower heads so that two people could technically shower at once. There is still some demand for body sprayers and back massaging sprays for relaxation time.
Speakers in the bathroom is a very popular request, including waterproof speakers to listen to music or the news as they get ready in the mornings. Radiant heating is another very popular request.
“The vast majority of our showers are going with Carerra marble or some type of white tile – very light and airy – for the spa-like setting.” This is for the floors and the walls. Diagonal or herringbone patterns on the floor spruces up the look to make the master bath look a little different than the other rooms. Larger tiles are used on the exterior, while smaller non-slip tiling is done on the shower floor.
“We’re doing a lot of clean, white cabinets… inset cabinets are very popular… no glaze on the cabinets,” Black explains. His-and-hers vanities that are 6-8 foot long with two sinks and a middle linen cabinet are trending. Built-in linen closets and separate water closets are standards. Some closets connect the bathroom and bedroom or bathroom and laundry room for greater functionality.
To see some of these trends in person, visit the Norton Commons Spring Homearama Showcase.