Differentiate Your Chicago Luxury Home with a Bathroom Spa

In today’s real estate market, most luxury buyers are looking for a turnkey property—that is, the only work needing to be done before move in is turning the key. My clients are generally looking for a home that doesn’t require significant work, but also one that differentiates itself from other homes in the market.
If you’re considering selling your home or even thinking about your home’s resale value, I encourage you to take a look at various home trends to get a feel for what is important to buyers. Ensuring that your home has a “wow” feature will help it stand out on the market as buyers shop and compare one home to another. Features like these are what help a property sell quickly, particularly in the luxury market.
One trend that’s currently luring in high-end buyers? An upscale master bath that rivals a luxe spa.
The modern-day WC is no longer simply a functional space, but a relaxing place to retreat at the end of the day. It’s not just about upgraded finishes and additional square footage. Today’s luxury bath means a number of bells and whistles that turn utility into tranquility, right in your own home.
Kohler, whose showroom you can find inside Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, offers a number of innovative products that take bathroom design to the next level, including:

via Kohler

via Kohler

A step up from the traditional whirlpool tub, the BubbleMassage Tub surrounds the bather in tiny bubbles that can be zoned and intensified to specific areas of the body. An optional chromatherapy feature radiates a soothing color palette into the water.
Kohler's Moxie Showerhead fits a wireless speaker to add a sound to your shower.

Kohler’s Moxie Showerhead fits a wireless speaker to add a sound to your shower.

Shower accouterments like shower heads and body sprays get the ultimate tech upgrades with a digital showering system that integrates water, steam, sound and light with touch-screen controls.

Left: Kohler’s Numi Toilet; Right: Kohler’s Veil Toilet

Kohler’s Numi Toilet features a sleek white-box exterior, with a touch-screen remote, hands-free opening and closing, bidet functionality, built-in speakers, heated seat and more. Or if you’re more focused on aesthetics, the Veil Toilet is mounted to the wall for a clean, modern look.
A bath remodel can really run the gamut in price–anywhere from a few thousand dollars to well into the hundreds of thousands, depending on the level of luxury you’re going for. But focusing on an area like this that is important to buyers could have a big payoff when it’s time to sell your home.
Houzz has a list of great things to think about if you’re considering your own bath remodel. Even if you have no immediate plans to buy or sell, it’s important for home owners to know what the most-desired features are among luxury buyers. That way, if you’re wanting to undertake a home project, you can consider what room or space or upgrade might be the best investment for your property—not to mention enjoying yourself along the way.
For more on today’s trends in luxury real estate in Chicago or to learn more about what buyers are searching for, contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at ssalnick@dreamtown.com.