Bathroom remodeling is one of the hottest topics in the home remodel world at the moment. Part of this has to do with the “wow factor” a nice bathroom design brings to a home. In addition, a well thought out bathroom remodel can add value to your property, especially if your remodel project incorporates current (and future) bathroom remodeling trends. With that thought firmly in mind, let’s take a peek at some of the hottest home improvement trends for bathrooms.
Bathroom Remodeling Trends in 2014
Today’s bathrooms range anywhere from cozy to sleek and modern and anywhere in-between. At the end of the day, as is the case with any home remodeling project, bathroom remodeling is all about personal taste. That being said, there are certain design trends that seem to be common among today’s homeowners.
People are tired of the same old shower/tub combo and are starting to opt instead for stand-alone bathtubs. If that stand-alone tub happens to be a spa-jet tub or serene soaking tub, all the better. What better way to wind down from the day than coming home and soaking your aching body for a bit?
Walk-in showers (or curbless showers) are huge right now too, tiled from floor to wall with multiple showerheads that really give you that spa-like treatment we all deserve. Hinged glass doors add to the effect of a more open space as well.
In addition to these shower bells and whistles, homeowners are spending more money increasing the size of their shower space, as they are tired of being cramped into a tiny shower with barely any room to maneuver.
Double Sinks and Dual Vanities
This idea is big on all of the home remodeling shows out there, as well as in the real world of bathroom design. Couples tend to want their own sink and vanity, and as such, more and more homes are going with the double sink or double vanity design.
Install Heated Bathroom Floors
Another bathroom design that used to be considered a luxury is heated bathroom floors. However, more homeowners today are finding this option to be much cheaper than they previously assumed and a nice comfort item – no more walking on cold tiles.
The desire to be environmentally friendly and the need to save money by conserving on energy and water is driving the market for green plumbing and energy efficient fixtures. Low-flow and dual-flow toilets are becoming the norm and are a great way to cut costs on water consumption. Another popular green plumbing item is an on-demand water heater, which helps reduce energy usage (the water heater isn’t always using energy to heat water, but instead only heats the water when it is required).
Age in Place Bathroom Remodeling
Finally, aging is a part of life, and with the aging process, we may find ourselves more accident prone or less able to access certain areas in our home. Because the life expectancy of the world has increased rapidly over the last few decades – and the desire to care for elderly loved ones has boomed – age in place remodeling has really taken off.
Installing grab bars (and ensuring walls can handle the added pressure), applying slip-resistant coating to showers and tubs, increasing doors and entryways to accommodate wheelchairs, and even roll-in showers and walk-in tubs are all must-haves in the age in place bathroom design realm.