10 Bathroom Remodeling Trends for 2015 | Kensington, MD
Bathroom remodeling is one of the two biggest and best investments you can make in your home, the other being the kitchen. An updated bathroom can bring you a return as much as 80% or even higher. To help ensure that kind of return, you need to stay up on what people want. If you're considering bathroom remodeling, keep an eye on these 10 trends:
- LED Lighting - Besides being trendy, LED lights save a lot of money. Though they cost anywhere from 5 to 10 times as much as an incandescent, they last 5 to 10 times longer and cost about 10 times less to operate. LED lighting also has a wider range of light variations than the compact fluorescent lights, which even at their best give the feeling of an office or a waiting room. LED lights can create the same warmth of traditional lighting at a significantly lower cost.
- Water-saving Toilets - Next to electricity, water is another big factor when it comes to calculation the cost savings for your bathroom remodeling. Water-saving toilets used to mean "low-flow", which essentially meant you had to flush it three or four times. This pretty much negated any savings you thought you were getting. Modern water-saving toilets combine power with efficiency and can save a typical family about 16,500 gallons per year.
- Free-Standing Tubs - Free-standing bathtubs are very in vogue. If your bathroom has the space, a free-standing tub speaks of elegance and relaxation. They are often deeper than the standard bathtub you fin din many homes, offering luxury like spa jets and head rests if you just want to soak the day's cares away.
- No Tub At All - If you lead a very busy life or are on a very tight budget, there is a trend to do away with the bathtub altogether. An overloaded schedule might not allow you the comfort of a bath, but you can put a bit into a nice shower system and free up floor space. Free floor space can make a small bathroom feel larger and more open. Bathtubs are also often one of the more expensive factors on a remodeling budget, so some people are leaving them off the list altogether without sacrificing value.
- Large Showers - If you have done away with the tub, you'd be surprised at how little extra space you need to make a truly luxurious shower. A big trend for these more expansive showers is the "curbless" shower. A curbless shower means you don't have to step over anything to get in. Already popular with seniors and others who may have trouble stepping over anything to get into the shower, the ease of cleaning and lessened concern with slipping is making these popular with pretty much everyone who has ever seen them.
- Hand Showers - Already popular, the hand shower is becoming expected in more and more bathrooms. The static shower head that expected you to move around the water is becoming a thing of the past as hand-held shower wands make the water move around you. You can get the spray where you want it. This can also lead to shorter showers and lower water bills. Coupled with variable spray types, it's hard for a person not to want one!
- Sinks on Vanities - Vanities, once known as "dressing tables", and sinks were once two different items. A bathroom sink had room for a water-glass, a soap dish, and maybe a wash towel. Vanities, by contrast, had room for everything you could want to look your best except for a way to wash up. Combining the two has been around for a while, but they were seen as purely a luxury item. 2015 expects to see the two paired up for life. His & Hers vanities are popular with young couples who both may need the sink at the same time, and are really becoming popular for houses with kids who may fight over whose turn it is to use the sink.
- Fancy Fixtures - Fixtures don't have to be elaborate, but they should be interesting. Stainless steel is the go-to for a typical house, especially a rental. For your own home, however, you may want something with a little more "pop". Brushed finishes, bronze, copper, and brass are increasing in popularity as they lend a little class without breaking the budget.
- Hi-Tech Fixtures - Not just for hotels and nicer public restrooms, sensor-activated faucets are finding their way into more and more homes. These sanitary fixtures can help keep your bathroom looking cleaner longer by not getting water and other residue on them. Some fixtures for the shower even have memories that will set the water at just the right temperature for your entered profile.
- Heated Floors - Until you have experienced one, you will never know the luxurious feeling of a comfortable floor on bare feet. If you live in cold climes, you'll appreciate a warm floor. Radiant floors are becoming popular for all over the house for their efficiency and comfort.
Those are 10 of the bathroom remodeling trends for 2015. If you're looking to upgrade a room that you spend a lot of time in, contact us and get a quote from a pro with over 50 years in the business.