Unlike a master bath or powder room where people tend to splurge on luxurious materials, homeowners are often more conservative in guest bathrooms. “They want them to look nice, but most people aren’t going to go all out in a guest bath,” says Sara Ann Busby, National Kitchen and Bath Association president-elect and owner of Sara Busby Designs in Elk Rapids, Mich.
Kristen Zwick says to make things, “convenient and accessible.” Solid surface countertops with an under-mount sink are durable and easy to clean. For homeowners on a tight budget, consider laminate countertops with a vitreous china sink. Materials that look great with a quick once-over and require little upkeep will make life easier, especially if guests drop in on short notice.
Ample storage in a guest bath remodel may send the wrong message to visitors. “Most people don’t want their guests to stay too long. (Give them) a narrow drawer for a toothbrush and a hairbrush — three days and they’re out of there,” Sara Ann says with a laugh. All kidding aside, storage in a guest bathroom should be about convenience and comfort for the users.
Kristen says most guests like to be helpful and recommends providing items like a squeegee in case they want to wipe down shower walls and doors. Also, be sure the bathroom is stocked with basics like towels, toilet paper and shampoo. “Make it as easy as you can on your guests, so they don’t have to come out and say, ‘I need this, I need that,” Kristen says.
A small linen closet stocked with extra necessities like towels and tissue, a drawer or two where guests can stash their personal items, a few hooks to provide a handy spot for hanging clothes and towels, and a hamper for used linens can make guests feel at home.
After construction wraps up, dress up a basic bath is with accessories. Splurge on thick, soft towels and hang a cozy bathrobe on a hook. Provide an assortment of French-milled soaps, a fragrant candle and a carafe of water with a glass for a welcoming touch.