Bathroom Remodeling Trends for 2012
So you’re thinking about remodeling your bathroom? Well, you are certainly not alone. According to the National Association of Home Builders, bathroom remodels have surpassed even kitchen remodels as the most common home remodeling job. Those that opt to remodel a bathroom often cite that they have a desire to repair and replace old amenities, or a desire for better and newer amenities, or even to simply add value to their homes.
At Allen Keith Construction, we know that a bathroom remodel can make your whole house feel like new. But at the start of the process, choosing how you want your new bathroom to look can be a little daunting. Well, we are here to help with great bathroom remodeling ideas! Here are the bathroom remodeling trends we’re seeing for 2012.
In the past, most bathrooms were built simply for function. Now, however, homeowners want these rooms to be an oasis from their busy lives. We are increasingly working with earthy, clean, and refreshing colors for our clients and focusing on lighting, space and layout to bring that spa feel to the bathroom.
Our clients are also asking for an abundance of natural materials in the bathroom, like bamboo, cork and granite. In addition to these materials, we are installing elegant fixtures and amenities that are both luxurious and functional. For example, towel warmers are a hot-ticket item, especially with cold Northeast Ohio winters. We are also seeing homeowners opt out of shower/tub combos, instead asking for large luxury baths and soaker tubs in one bathroom, and walk-in showers with seats and multiple showerheads in another.
“Comfort First” Spaces
Bathrooms built in decades past were mostly concerned with utilitarianism. In other words, a bathroom was a bathroom was a bathroom. It was a spaced reserved for a few trips a day and to get clean, and that’s it. If you wanted real comfort in your bathroom, it was an afterthought.
Today’s bathroom remodels are built with comfort in mind from the get-go. Many homeowners are installing tankless or hybrid water heaters to ensure that there is no need to wait for warm water when you turn on the tap or shower. Towel warmers are also a hot-ticket comfort item, especially with cold Northeast Ohio winters. We are also seeing warm-toned, comforting woods being installed as part of the cabinetry. While painted cabinets used to reign in the bathroom, homeowners--especially those with en suite bathrooms--want more continuity from the comfort of the bedroom to the bathroom.
High Tech Spaces
Want a TV in your mirror so don’t miss a minute of a Cleveland Indians or Cincinnati Reds game this summer? iPod dock on your toilet? USB port in your medicine cabinet? A programmable shower? All of this new technology and more is available for the bathroom. While not everyone will want a toilet with speakers (yes, they exist), many homeowners do want the opportunity to easily port their electronics from room to room, or have amenities available throughout the rest of the house also conveniently available in the bathroom.
Technology in the bathroom is more affordable than one might think (programmable showers can start as low as $300), though the prices can range into the thousands for the super high-tech. In 2012, though, it’s exciting to see the ways that homeowners are getting creative with bathroom technology. We are seeing TV’s within viewing range of soaker tubs, fully equipped sound systems, and charging stations for iPods, phones and more being installed.
No matter how you choose to upgrade your bathroom, Allen Keith Construction is able to help bring your vision to life. Click to learn more about our bathroom remodeling services available to the Akron, Canton, and surrounding Northeast Ohio area.