Bathrooms are now becoming a focal point in home renovations increasing the value of your home. An improvement that actually gives you a return on your investment. The trend in bathroom remodeling is to create an open relaxing environment with plenty of natural light. “Bathrooms are now being seen as the place to go and relax after a long day, a place to unwind, with larger showers, steam rooms, Jacuzzi tubs, electronic components and a private toilet area”, says Erik Kopp with Stark Development.
The new trends in bathroom remodeling are larger showers, more lighting, steam baths, Jacuzzi tubs, electronic components, creating more storage areas, double vanities, grab bars, outlets hidden in medicine cabinets, heated floors, on demand water heaters, and larger fans to remove the moisture. Popular flooring and shower walls continue to be tile, marble, natural stone and glass tile.
Large open showers are the trend. Gone are the old small bathtubs. The new shower hardware provides for unique and artistic features. The shower heads provide different water patterns to please consumer’s particular tastes. Lots of lighting is the new trend, gone are the dark dreary bathrooms, new windows and skylights are often cut into to provide for more natural light. Glass tile borders are becoming more popular.
Bathtubs are still around but often replaced with a Jacuzzi tub. Large boxed in framing around the tub is trending out as sleeker designs are preferred. Jacuzzi tubs have become much quieter as improvements have been made to the motors. It is important when choosing a design to have easy access for repairs and replacement of the electronic equipment that is required for the Jacuzzi tub. Jacuzzi tubs should also be installed to a GFCI circuit. If room is available the tubs are often constructed adjacent to the shower enclosure.
Steam rooms are becoming more popular, with an airtight enclosure, modifications to the ceiling and a few motors a shower/steam room is possible. There is nothing like relaxing in a steam room after a long day to help relieve the stress. Steam rooms generally take a while to heat up but can be programmed to turn on at a certain time. Popular surfaces include tile and marble.
Ventilation is essential in a shower allowing for the removal of moisture. Without proper ventilation your beautiful bathroom can develop mold issues requiring expensive repairs. The new fans on the market are quiet and move air at rapid rates. It is important to have the air vented to the outside. Some people choose to have the fans tied directly to the light switch to be sure that the fan is used in the bathroom at all times.
The new trend is to hide the toilet, creating an inconspicuous place for the toilet. They are often placed in enclosed rooms that are blended into the design of the bathroom. With the new toilet designs the toilet has become more attractive. The older style low flow toilets were often ineffective, with the new designs many of these issues have been resolved. Separate fans for the toilet area are installed if a separate room is created for the toilet.