Please Help me with Decisions re Master Bath!
I have hired a contractor to remodel my master bath. I have waited for 9 years to remodel my bath, so you would think I know exactly what I want, but as someone told me today, I have "paralysis by analysis." I also have the "problem" that I chose the cheapest bid of 5 that I got, which was probably a mistake, maybe not. But now lots of things I would like are going to cost me additional for more labor on his part and I need to decide what to do, what not to do.
The bathroom is now gutted. I'm trying to make a nice master bath with a spa feel but I want to keep it simple. My house is in a town with very fancy multimillion dollar homes but my home is worth under a million so I don't want to spend to0 much, but I want the bathroom to look and feel nice for resale, and for myself/husband in the meantime.
The contractor, who is doing everything himself, has told me that 1) I shouldn't put in a rainhead shower on the ceiling because the attic is above the bathroom and the pipe might freeze in winter - we live near Chicago. But I've been told by many that their bath is on second floor and they have a rainhead (that they just added extra insulation). He said he would put in the rainhead but can't guarantee there won't be a problem. Should I just forget the rainhead? One option is to put a rainhead on the West wall on a rod 12 inches from the wall, next to a handheld, but this wouldn't be the look of a rainheld from the ceiling.
More questions: the shower is 5 feet by 3 feet. At the left, or East wall, is a 14 inch wide bench he has framed. He at first said that he can't put a showerhead on that wall above the bench, only two fixtures, a fixed and handheld, on the wall opposite, where original plumbing is. An architect I spoke to and now owe $200 to said to put a handheld on the wall by the bench and a fixed showerhead on the opposite wall so that this can be a "two person shower." But the contractor says that a showerhead by the bench will make water seep through the glass shower doors. He said only way to get around that problem is to build an actual wall, so that water goes onto a wall, not glass. But I have seen many showers in pictures and in friends' homes that have a handheld near a bench and the water must get onto the glass. Does anyone know about this? It's not a very big bath, so should I just have a fixed and handheld on the opposite wall from the bench? But then I wonder what is the point of the bench? I'd like to be able to sit on the bench and feel water - or is it enough to have a handheld on the opposite wall that can reach me when I'm on the bench. I've never had a bench in the shower so I really don't know if I'm over thinking this. To have him build such a wall will be an extra $1000. I am feeling overwhelmed by the options and whether I should listen to the contractor and not put a showerhead by the bench and just keep the showerheads on the opposite wall where plumbing already is.
What showerheads should I put into the shower to make it a nice master bath but not over the top/too much and nothing that will lead to leakage? I am so confused. Any specific suggestions on actual showerheads (ie which Grohe model, which Kohler) would be much appreciated!!! I need to move on with my life!!!!
Also, in my kids' bathroom and downstairs bathroom I put in white ceramic subway tile, so I was thinking of putting in marble subway tile, maybe not in the standard 3 x 6 shape, to be a step up from the other bathrooms. But I read one other post on here and now I'm worried about the upkeep of the marble. Maybe I should just do white ceramic tile and some marble accents on the floor or just on the countertop above the vanity?? I'm going for a gray and white spa-like master bath...Any suggestions on tile are also most welcome. I am really getting so stressed. The contractor wants to make decisions already so he can move forward and finish the project-he wants to be done in three weeks total (he gutted it in one week).
A couple more questions: he said don't do floor to ceiling glass shower doors because will lead to problems with grout and steam getting out. But a friend of mine has this and loves the feeling of it being like a steam shower.
He also said to tile the shower ceiling will cost me an additional $600 for labor. I guess I don't need this (ceilings are 8 feet)...
I can put in radiant heating for another $1000 additional labor. Is this worth it? Something nice to have? Thoughts? Thank you so much for any advice/suggestions!!!!!