Here are a few bathroom upgrades to consider for a more complete pre-work rinse and retreat.

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Q: Can you suggest some quick-fix bathroom upgrades?

A: Fall and winter mornings are best spent behind the protective guard of mist-covered shower doors. I’m willing to bet the average time it takes to switch off that hot, heavenly water and open the door back to cold, harsh reality gets progressively longer as the days get shorter.

But our morning routine is more than just water greeting face. How does it feel when you step out of your shower stall? It doesn’t have to be a chore, you know. Here are a few upgrades to consider for a more complete pre-work rinse and retreat.

Make it rain

Admittedly, the shower is still the main component of a morning experience. Now, when was the last time you updated your showerhead? If you can’t remember, it’s time to treat yourself.

Anyone who has used a rain-shower showerhead will tell you of the absolute blissful sensation of warm, cascading water falling upon your oh-so-fortunate skin. There are other showerhead-upgrade options, of course, so do your homework to find the right fit for you. Don’t forget to look for the WaterSense logo if you’re looking to save on water consumption and utility bills.

Lights, color, appeal

Stepping out of the shower doesn’t have to be the bane of your existence. Really. Stepping into a properly lit, color-coordinated atmosphere makes it easier on your groggy senses and is an easy weekend upgrade.

Get creative with sconces by seeing how they look and feel in different areas in relation to your vanity — you can even give them a horizontal touch if applicable. Multiple light sources, including recessed lighting, help get rid of unwanted shadows and provide illuminating appeal.

Additionally, your paint and wall surface options should help provide color balance and maximize fixture lighting.

Be more efficient

Sure, you can do things more quickly and orderly, but we’re talking about energy efficiency here. Look into purchasing a low-flow toilet. According to the EPA, EnergyStar toilets use on average 20–60 percent less water (about $110 per year) than traditional options, and, when combined with a WaterSense-labeled showerhead, can save your household thousands of gallons of water and hundreds of dollars per year.

Treat your feet

Go into the bathroom. Look down. Does what you see make your toes curl up in revolt? Change it. Picture stepping onto a comfy, heat-controlled surface. Radiant floors come in many stylish options, including ceramic tile and stone, carpet and wood. They look great, feel better, and turn your post-shower routine from unavoidable to unbelievable.

Another option is ceramic tile, which is easy to clean and provides texture that helps prevent slippage. If you’re a fan of hardwood, there are plenty of sealed options primed to prevent moisture damage; hardwood also provides uniformity to connecting hardwood-covered rooms.


Excess moisture leads to mold. Mold in the bathroom is not good. Prevent mold and keep your mirror clear by installing a new exhaust fan. Two things to look for when purchasing a fan: cubic feet per minute (CFM), and fan sound level (sones). The former is a fan’s measurement of airflow. Bigger rooms require higher CFM numbers. The latter is self-explanatory. Want a quieter fan? Look for a low number next to the word sones.

Here’s to a more blissful bathroom experience. If only we could make it easier to get out of bed.

HomeWork is written by Cameron Poague and contributing member professionals of the Master Builders Association (MBA) of King and Snohomish Counties. If you have a home improvement, remodeling or residential homebuilding question you’d like answered by one of the MBA’s more than 2,800 members, write to