Bathroom renovators reveal the main trends

Sorry for the potty, but we’re discussing the bathroom today. I’m thinking about this because, without sounding too la-de-da, I just spent a week cycling through the Loire Valley in France and visiting the extremely opulent castles of beheaded royalty and other aristocracy. It made clear to me both why the French commoners rebelled and how far bathrooms had come.

While I walked through dozens of luxurious bedrooms and living rooms in luxurious French chateaux, I didn’t see a single bathroom. Because. They. Did not do. Exist.

Today, of course, French bathrooms are commonplace, but when I return from any foreign country, I thank heaven for American plumbing.

I happened to come home to find that Houzz Inc., the online home design platform, had just released its 2022 US Houzz Bathroom Trends Study, which gathered data from over 2,500 homeowners who had recently completed or were in the process of remodeling a bathroom. in the center of the bathroom. reconstruct.

Houzz’s tally of how many homeowners are installing anti-fog mirror systems and dual showerheads while I just witnessed France’s wealthiest kings and queens take weekly bucket baths didn’t go unnoticed. I’ll take a bedroom with a private bathroom over a castle without a bathroom any day.

The report also confirmed that bathrooms in the US are getting even better. If you’re looking to improve yours, trending data matters. Whenever you take on a home improvement project, you want it to not only improve your life, but also increase the value of your home.

I reviewed the 32-page report, then called Houzz economist Marin Sarkisian to explain the findings to me. But first I had to ask, “What about bathrooms abroad?”

“In other parts of the world, people tend to see bathrooms as purely functional, while Americans think of them as a place to de-stress and relax,” Sargsyan said.

If you’re planning a renovation, here’s what you should know:

The biggest surprise: “The tree replaces the white color,” said Sargsyan. “For the longest time, white has been the dominant color in the bathroom and kitchen cabinets, so we were very pleased to see that for the second year in a row, there is a growing trend to use wood cabinets, as well as other colors.” While 32% of respondents still choose white toiletries, 30% chose wooden ones (mostly half tones), followed by grays (14%), blues (7%), blacks (5%) and greens (2% ). “We still see white in showers and on walls, which gives the cleanness that people want.”

The main motivation: The main reason homeowners are renovating their bathrooms is because they are tired of their outdated style (48%). The second biggest factor (33%) is that the old room is falling apart.

Average cost: According to the report, the national average cost to remodel a bathroom jumped 13% from last year to $9,000. The top 10% of projects saw a 17% increase in value to $35,000 or more.

Popular movements: Over 80% of renovators replaced faucets, floors, showers, lighting fixtures, and wall coverings. Over three-quarters (76%) replaced vanity. The majority (59%) chose white chips. The majority (53%) chose a natural stone such as quartzite, marble or granite, while 40% chose artificial quartz, a man-made, less expensive analogue of quartz.

Stylish trend: This year, transitional style (a hybrid of traditional and contemporary or contemporary) overtook modern and contemporary styles, as the design style was preferred by 25%. Modern and contemporary styles fell to 16% each. The traditional object made up 11%, and the appearance of a farmhouse remained at the level of 5%.

Contactless technologies: According to Sarkisian, motion-activated toilets and hands-free faucets aren’t just in airports anymore. Half of respondents installed one or more high-tech features in their remodeled bathrooms. Almost two in five have added a high-tech toilet feature, with a marked increase in the number of bidets (24%), self-cleaning features (17%), heated seats (15%) and built-in night lights (13%). Many have also installed tankless water heaters, radiant floor heating and anti-fog mirrors.

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