A master bathroom, however, is usually larger and more private. It’s a likely candidate for a spa makeover. Some ideas from highly rated remodelers:
—Replace the tub with a luxury shower featuring multiple showerheads and handheld sprayers, or a large rain-style shower head.
—Create a fresh, clean look with a frameless glass shower door.
—Upgrade with granite or solid-surface materials.
—Focus less on the latest design trend or fad, and more on elements, fixtures and colors that will stand the test of time.
—Incorporate universal design — which is intended to ensure that a project is useful for people of all ages, abilities and sizes. Among the ideas: Replace lower toilets or sinks with taller options that require less stooping or bending.
Plan to do your homework before starting the project. Be realistic about your budget. The average cost of bath remodeling in 2013 was $18,538, down slightly from 2012, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association.