8 Must-Haves For Your New Ensuite
Most modern homebuyers are looking for an ensuite in the master bedroom. If you’re building your home, you won’t have any trouble finding a floor plan that includes this must-have feature. However, while builders are realizing it’s important to include ensuites, some are cutting corners with cramped spaces or very basic elements. If you want your ensuite to feel like a spa getaway, be sure to ask for some of these additional features. When it comes to relaxing after a long day, you’ll be glad you did!
1. Side-by-Side Sinks
With an ensuite, you won’t have to worry about fighting the kids for bathroom time, but you don’t want to be battling your partner for mirror space either. Side-by-side sinks (also known as his-and-hers sinks) are nice to have in an ensuite, especially if you are both getting ready at the same time in the morning. Many of Sterling’s family-friendly floor plans offer this style, including the Wellington and the Tanner. The Thomas plan also offers two sinks in the ensuite, but it has a more interesting layout with the bathtub in between the sinks.
2. A Super Soaker Tub
There’s nothing like getting into a hot bath after a stressful day, but it’s even nicer when you don’t have your knees poking out of the water. With a very deep soaker tub, you’ll be able to relax all your cares away. You may even think about getting a tub big enough for two. The Watson floor plan includes a beautiful freestanding tub.
3. A Separate Shower
Sometimes, you’re just in the mood for a quick shower, and many find they prefer a separate shower and tub. The glass doors on a shower mean you’ll never have to worry about a shower curtain and you’re often able to install nicer shower heads in a shower rather than in a bathtub. The shower in the Tanner is extra-large with a small ledge to keep shampoo and soaps.
4. Prioritized Privacy
You and your spouse may have promised to stand by each other for the rest of your lives, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want some privacy when you need to use the toilet. In many ensuites, the toilet is out in the open. For most couples, this works fine because you can always use one of the other toilets if necessary. Some people, though, prefer to have a more private toilet in their ensuite. The toilet in the Tarnstrom A has a wall that separates it from parts of the ensuite. It’s not totally private, but you aren’t right next to your partner while he or she is brushing their teeth. The ensuite in the Winterfell B, on the other hand, does have a door that separates the toilet from the rest of the room.
5. Eye-Catching Countertops
Laminate countertops are common in bathrooms, but they have a dated look. Many people are opting for quartz countertops instead. This style gives your bathroom a distinct look that makes it feel extra-luxurious. At Sterling Homes, we include quartz countertops throughout our floor plans, and this includes the bathrooms.
6. Stylish Ceramic
When you build your home, you get to choose the type of flooring that goes in each room. Many older bathrooms have vinyl flooring because the material is waterproof and inexpensive. If you want to make a big statement with your ensuite, though, choose ceramic tile floor. You should have many styles to choose from, but large, smooth styles will feel best underfoot.
7. Convenient Built-In Shelving
Shelving in the bathroom can help you keep things organized. You could store some extra towels next to the bathtub, some baskets of important toiletries or just a few accessories to brighten the place up. When the builder adds shelves to the space, you won’t have to worry about finding shelves that fit the space you have.
8. An Adjacent Closet
Many people enjoy being able to walk from the bath or shower into the closet to select clothes. Having a closet adjacent to the ensuite makes this incredibly easy to do. The location of the walk-in closet in the Tanner floor plan is extremely convenient. It has one door that leads from the master ensuite into the closet and another door that leads to the upper-floor laundry. It couldn’t be easier to put your clothes away with a layout like this.
Your new master ensuite is bound to bring you a lot of enjoyment and makes your room feel like you’re on a getaway. Consider your unique needs when planning the design, and you’re sure to be happy with the results.