By Beverly Smirnis

Wellness

 Homebuyers are looking for their master bath to provide an escape.  A spa-like experience with a feeling of the outdoors is at the top of their list.

Showers are not just for hygiene.  The right combination of the multi-spray configuration–overhead rain-head showers, hand showers, multifunction showerheads, body sprays—can elevate mood and invigorate well-being, whether you’re kickstarting the day or unwinding for the evening.  Add the luxury of steam for removing toxins and impurities and promoting respiratory health.

First, there were coffee pods to deliver the coffee shop experience at home, now there are shower capsules to rival the aromatherapy treatment you might receive at a top-notch spa.  INLY Shower Capsules slide into an infusion dial on Moen Aromatherapy Handshowers.  Users set their preferred dilution setting for infusing the running water with essential oils in the fragrance of their choosing.

Statement-making design in baths is open concept and brings the outdoors in. Curbless showers with infinity drains, the ability to customize faucet and spray selections, and the inclusion of a tub in the master suite are all selling points.

Clutter-free, Germ-free Design Details

 Including details that keep your bathroom organized and make it easier to keep it sanitized will be noticed.  Buyer is looking for:

  • drawer and cabinets with compartmentalized storage for hairdryer, razor, a toothbrush with integrated outlets.
  • large-format tile with thinner grout lines for easier cleaning
  • self-cleaning toilets

Water quality is another area of concern for health-conscious buyers.  Unlike copper and PEX plumbing pipes, CPVC pipes and fittings, such as those made from FlowGuard Gold® CPVC, are touted not to leach any substances at unsafe levels, to have lower biofilm growth inside the pipes, and to be impervious to degradation from chlorine and chloramine.

It’s Got To Be Smart

Make sure Wi-Fi connectivity is available in the bathroom so that users can use voice-control to select a temperature, water flow, stream audio, lower the shades and dim the lights.

A premium, smart toilet experience is now accessible at more home price points.  For example, Bio Bidet’s Prodigy 770 has a motion-activated open and close lid, dual smart flush and an integrated self-cleaning bidet with customizable, remote-controlled water and dryer settings at half the cost of competitive, top-of-the-line, smart toilet offerings.

Nebia by Moen™ offers a superior shower experience through atomization, the process of breaking up water into tiny droplets, offering twice the coverage while using almost half the water.

Making a big statement in smaller spaces

Today’s homebuyers may be willing to sacrifice some square footage, but they’re not wishing to skimp on bath amenities.

  • Petite style vanities are a trending product category.
  • Check out medicine cabinet options—they’ve come a long way.
  • Play with textures rather than patterns.
  • Explore compact elongated toilets. They take up the same space as standard round-front toilets but are more comfortable and stylish.
  • Don’t nix the tub! Multiple studies show millennials still want a tub and separate shower in their master suite, but it doesn’t need to be oversized.  Look for standouts like freestanding tubs or Kohler’s Expanse® bath designed to replace a standard size tub with a uniquely curved, roomier basin.
  • Powder rooms are the place to express personality through an intense wall or ceiling color or use of conversation-worthy sinks, faucets, mirrors, and lighting.

Universal Design Disguised

Some examples of bathroom design that’s both chic and user-friendly for physical challenges include curbless showers with integrated seating, handheld faucets, and linear drain systems eliminating the need for enclosures around the shower space. Walk-in tubs offered in more traditional horizontal designs and wall-mounted sinks also fit the bill.

Noteworthy products include:

  • Infinity Drains’ Site Sizable ® Low Profile Linear Drain designed to minimize the floor height needed to achieve a curbless entry.
  • ready-to-tile, pre-sloped stainless steel shower bases by Infinity Drain, guaranteed for life against waterproofing failure.
  • Kohler’s horizontal walk-in tub that fits in the footprint of a traditional tub.
  • Ella’s Bubbles’ laydown acrylic walk-in tub touting dual drain technology—industry standard is a single 1-1/2 inch drain; Ella’s tubs have dual 2-inch drains.

The bottom line:  Bathrooms can be deal-makers or deal-breakers.  Thoughtful design and careful product selections must prevail.

Just like other areas in the home, statement-making design in baths is an open concept and brings the outdoors in.  Curbless showers with infinity drains, the ability to customize faucet and sprays selections, and the inclusion of a tub in the master suite are selling points.

Nebia by Moen offers a superior shower experience through atomization, the process of breaking up water into tiny droplets, offering twice the coverage while using almost half the water.

Beverly Smirnis is the co-founder of Building Savvy magazine and publishes its flagship Dallas/Fort Worth edition.  She and her business partner and husband, Steve Smirnis, have served as judges for the International Builders’ Show Best of IBS Awards and judged numerous homes for builders association parade events across the country.

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