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Ask Amit | Quick Tips: Updating Your Bathroom

An experienced remodeling contractor in the Twin Cities for 30 years, Amit Sela keeps up on the latest design trends in bath remodeling, commenting on the interesting new developments in the field.

For example, giant tubs, once wildly popular, have fallen out of favor. Instead, people are choosing bigger custom showers with a smaller bathtub that takes up a lot less space. Custom showers feature water streams and massaging from multiple directions: you can choose from overhead showerheads, wall-mounted showerheads, hand-held showerheads, shower tiles, rain bars, body sprays and steam showers.

“Most often what clients tell me they need is more counter and mirror space rather than dual sinks,” he says. “Besides, plumbing for a second sink can significantly raise the price.”

More homeowners are adding wider doorways, showers with no raised lip around the bottom, larger shower doors, grab bars and more room around fixtures to better accommodate people of all ages and abilities.

You can also add built-in warming drawers for towels or install a pass-through fireplace for ambience and warmth.

“Many want a master bath that’s a calm, relaxing, spa-like retreat,” Sela says. “The good news is luxury and convenience can be incorporated into any design standard and accommodate a wide range of budgets.”

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