Although the last few years have not been in our rearview mirror, humanity appears to be on the rebound. One aspect of the isolation was that the primary toilet was a refuge for everyone who was never home has remained. We have an insatiable need for personal space, and we aren’t likely to let that go.
Bathrooms, as we know them today, are a recent invention. For example, ancient Romans and medieval Europeans used communal facilities for bathing. This allowed them to both get clean and socialize. It was in the early 20th century that has a separate bathroom in your home was considered normal. People are re-designing their bathrooms to maintain and extend that separation.
Anna Karp, CEO of New York’s design-build firm Bolster says that she is beginning to see a shift in priorities. People spend more on the space’s layout than on expensive tiles and fixtures. Built-in shower seats and sofas are becoming more popular. Karp states that this is partly for comfort but also because it’s more common for those living in their home for a long time. It’s also helpful to have a platform for shaving your legs. Her clients may be looking for sound insulation. This could include using heavier doors to increase privacy.
Pamela Shamshiri is a Los Angeles interior designer. The primary bathroom is all about wellness. Because you can only sometimes do it all. As people work and meditate, these rooms can be multifunctional. Furniture such as armchairs or armoires is increasingly being used. Shamshiri used to live in Rudolph Schindler’s house, which had a heated bathroom where she could lie down and work for long periods. Even though it only had shoji doors, they clearly said they were open when Shamshiri was in self-care mode.
According to Joy Moyler, it is essential to make the bathroom feel more connected to the rest of the house. She dislikes spaces that are too cold or clinical. It doesn’t work for women who have to wear mascara and not get stabbed in the eye. The solution is multiple layers that can be adjusted for different moods.
Chris Fogarty, an architect from Fogarty Finger, who designed the luxurious residential project AstoriaWest in Queens, New York, is now Team Tub. He says that if you are English, the bathroom is a must. He prefers porcelain tiles for walls and floors. His favorites are the new, thin, large-format, marble-like appearance and the tile’s long-lasting durability. The construction of a bathroom is more complicated if it’s less complex. Hidden steel bars are required for floating vanities, or they will eventually sag. He says the modern bathroom has more than you can imagine.