Archive for 2009

Basics of Designing A Home Spa

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Today’s bathrooms are becoming a place that homeowners are using as their own private retreat, where the only rules are the rules of relaxation. The days of the utilitarian bathroom are in the past, and now bathrooms are being transformed into a destination spot where one can go to treat themselves to the home spa.

Many of the features that are being included in the home spa have been inspired from day spas and spa resorts, as explained in the article: New Bathrooms take Cues From the Spa, but in this segment we will look more closely at some of the intricate details that go into designing a home spa.

Steam Shower

Steam Shower

One of the main things that home owners are using to create a home spa is of course the Steam Shower. The steam shower is such a beautiful luxury to have in the home. Homeowners are justifying this purchase by equating how much each steam bath would cost if they were to use one in a paid spa. By using your own steam shower just once a week, it would pay for itself in a matter of a few months if you are an avid spa enthusiast.

Another hot item that has really become popular in the past few years is the rain shower. This JACLO shower head produces both a rain shower and waterfall shower for double the pleasure. The sensation you get from a beautiful rain shower is unlike any other shower experience, and this is why it has become so popular as of late.

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Soaking Tub or Whirlpool?

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
Whirlpool Soaking Tub

Whirlpool Soaking Tub

When it comes to the bathtub, people can pretty much get anything they want. From whirlpools offering various massage cycles to colorful chromatherapy, the bathtub has become automated and can even be operated via remote control. However, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal, homeowners may be trading their high-tech whirlpools for something a little more simple: the soaking tub.

“The trend began in the mid-1980s with the physical fitness and health craze, as well as the cocooning trend,” said a source from the Wall Street Journal. “In the ‘90s, we saw the trend surge and evolve into an interest in yoga and day spas. Now the trend is moving into the home.”

With wellness and alternative medicine becoming more popular, several studies reveal the many health benefits of soaking tubs. For instance, they are said to reduce stress, alleviate insomnia, and lower blood pressure. A recent study by the Mayo Clinic showed that soaking in hot water reaps the same benefits as exercise. And the National Sleep Foundation found that soaking in a bathtub filled with 104 degree Fahrenheit water for 15 minutes before bed is helpful in promoting restful sleep. The warmth and buoyancy that soaking provides can also help alleviate arthritis symptoms.

Bathtub manufacturers have introduced several different styles of soaking tubs for Zen peacefulness in the bathroom. From the deep, full body immersion models in sleek stainless steel inspired by the Ofuro bathtubs of Japan to the ones that allow you to float chin-high – there is something for everyone. Some soakers even feature a unique overflow design, allowing the bather to be fully immersed, with any displaced water trickling over the sides of the tub, creating a haven for relaxation and therapy.

Master Bathroom Remodel in Simi Valley California

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Here is an excellent project that was sent by a Talk Spas visitor that shows their Steam Shower with bench seat built in, vanity, whirlpool tub, tile job and more. Click any picture to see a larger version!

Steam Shower

Steam Shower

Built In Shelves

Built In Shelves

Shower Controls

Shower Controls

Whirlpool Tub

Whirlpool Tub

Vanity & Sinks

Vanity & Sinks

New Vanity & Sinks

New Vanity & Sinks

His & Her Vanity and Sinks

His & Her Vanity

Steam Shower

Steam Shower

Master Bath Project

Master Bath Project

Weekly Spa Tweets On Talk Spas

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Elements of the Stylish Home Spa

Friday, June 26th, 2009
Spa-Like Shower

Spa-Like Shower

Aside from an exotic array of treatments, therapies and fitness sessions – influenced by everything from cutting-edge medicinal studies to far-off foreign cultures – spa-goers make repeat visits to a specific spa for its soothing ambiance. Today  spa enthusiasts are looking at their spa’s décor and trying to recreate these stylish designs in their own home as previously described in the article:  “New Bathrooms Take Cues From Spas“.  Just as resort and day spa owners ensure that their retreat is a stylish and soothing sanctuary, home owners are now doing the same with their own bathrooms, transforming them into their own amazing home spa. With spa architecture and décor ranging from cool and classical to modern and minimalist, there are several must-have furnishings that bring design and functionality full circle.

The Immersive Shower Experience: When you are planning out your own home spa, you should expect a powerful shower with jets galore. JACLO® creates custom shower environments that feature body jets, hand showers, rain bars and large rain canopy shower heads.

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New Bathrooms Take Cues From the Spa

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
Spa-like Bathroom

Spa-like Bathroom

As you can see in our Featured Spa Project of the month, the master bath is quickly moving towards the way of a home spa. Families and individuals that are renovating and updating their bathrooms are trending towards a much more luxurious and spa like atmosphere according to a recent study by the National Association of Home Builders’ survey “Home of the Future”. This survey predicts that more elaborate bathrooms with dual vanities and walk-in showers will be common in new homes homes by 2015.

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Take Your Home Spa Outdoors

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Many homeowners today are asking themselves why only make their indoor living space as luxurious as possible? Why not move some of the luxury outside with fine landscaping, a new pool, a grotto, outdoor shower, waterfall, fireplace, bar & grill, hot tub, sauna, with a detached gym compete with its own steam shower. Especially in the summer months, with outdoor entertaining, the pleasure one can receive from a beautiful outdoor spa is immeasurable.

A Beautiful Outside Spa

Outdoor Spa

By adding many of these features to your home you will not only be increasing the property of your home, but you will also be increasing your quality of life as well as the quality of life of your guests when you are kind enough to invite them to partake in the outdoor spa activities. If you are primarily concerned with increasing your property’s value chose to invest in a quality landscape design, outdoor living space, covered patio, water features or potentially a new or custom pool.

For those of you who have a large outdoor space to work with, my personal favorite outdoor spa feature would have to be the creation of a small, circular lazy river or wave pool that allows you to float around with the motion of the river or tide. Another creative, yet much more inexpensive spa feature would be the creation of a lush, tropical oasis complete with misters that serve to cool you while watering your mini rain forest. Not only will the plants shower you with fresh and healthy Oxygen, but the mist combined with any shade from their foliage will keep you cool in the hot summer months while you enjoy your favorite iced cocktail.

Show Off Your Spa!

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Here at Talk Spas.com we have a feature that allows our visitors to show off their hard work by submitting pictures of their own home spas: Submit Your Spa Project. So far we have had a number of submission, and each has been special and glorious in its own way.

Now is your chance to show off your own Home Spa!

Whirlpool Tub

Whirlpool Tub

We are asking everyone who has done a remodel, renovation, upgrade or even purchased a home with a spectacular master bathroom or home spa to submit their own oasis.

One of the first submissions we had was from a visitor who submitted their pictures of their new master bathroom, which now includes a steam shower, whirlpool tub, beautiful new tiling and clapboards and his & her vanity sinks. This home is located in Southern California and is a nice, elegant take on the home spa with a number of luxurious amenities. We have chosen this home spa as the spa project of the month and have featured it in our “Featured Spa Project” section of the website. Take a look at this project and maybe you’ll get some ideas for your own bathroom.

Stay tuned for more featured projects and please keep the submissions coming!

Weekly Spa Tweets On Twitter

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Super Soakers – Soaking Tubs

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Super Soakers: Soaking Tubs that allow you to Soak in Style

The bathtub has become the showcase element of the home spa, thanks to a proliferation of unique new textures, materials, shapes and sizes. From thousand-pound tubs hand-chiseled out of blocks of stunning silver travertine extracted from quarries across the globe, to soaking tubs swathed in clusters of Swarovski crystals, there is no limit to the length people will go to soak in style.

Soaking Tub

Palomba Soaking Tub

One of the most interesting new trends in tubs is that of unique shapes. The freestanding, drop-in tubs from the Palomba Collection by Laufen were designed by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba and showcase organic shapes in ceramic. In producing the design for a freestanding tub, Ludovica and Roberto Palomba took their cues from the sea and refers to it as a “fingerprint of nature.” While the walls of the tub are of constant thickness, the bottom of the tub looks as though a cube has been rounded out – like the erosive effect of water.

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