Kitchen and bathroom renovations are two of the biggest “return on investment” projects homeowners can undertake. Not only do upgrades and updates add immeasurably to your home’s functionality and comfort; but, should you sell your house, renovations to these rooms add tremendously to your home’s resale value.
We checked some of North America’s hottest design sites and home improvement magazines, and found these trends to be unanimously popular.
1.Roomy Walk-In Showers
Large, comfortable walk-in showers have been trending for the past few years, and will remain a hot commodity through 2015 and beyond.
In fact, many homeowners are choosing to replace existing 5 and 6-foot tubs with big, low-threshold walk-in showers, often with multiple showerheads and/or body jets.
A developing trend is open walk-in showers, which increase the visual space in a smaller bathroom.
For those who prefer an enclosure, frameless glass continues to be the number one choice, with new tinted glass (in soft, beachy blues and greens) becoming increasingly popular.
2.“No Tub” Bathrooms
For a number of reasons (including hectic schedules, aging population and the evolution of the “green” movement) many home designers and renovation specialists are reporting that homeowners are requesting bathrooms without bathtubs, and instead, are asking for spacious, walk-in showers.
3. Stand Alone Bathtubs
Not everyone wants to give up their tub, and for homeowners who love their tubs, free-standing designs are the tub of choice!
Jetted, stand-alone soaking tubs are increasingly popular, and add to the relaxation element of a long, hot soak.
4. Hand Showers
It’s nice to be able to direct a shower spray exactly where you want it, and hand showers or dual showers (overhead/hand combinations) help enable that!
5. Water Saving Toilets
Energy efficient and cost-saving solutions such as low-flush and dual-flow toilets are currently in high demand, particularly in comfort-height and elongated bowl designs.
6. Vanities With Sinks
In both master bedrooms and main bathrooms which are shared by many, double sink vanities are trending high for 2015.
7. Heated Floors
Living in Nova Scotia, where it’s cold for a significant amount of time each year, most homeowners are not thrilled at walking around on cold tile floors.
The solution: Radiant Heated Floors, which have become virtually a “must-have” in most bathroom renovations.
8. Interesting Metallic Finishes
Bathroom fixtures are available in a variety of interesting finishes and colors. Look for chrome, brushed nickel, and oil-rubbed bronze, not to mention a variety of different warm-colored coppery, brassy and bronze-y metals.
9. LED Lighting
Highly energy efficient, LED lighting is in high demand for bathrooms and bathroom cabinet lighting.
In larger bathrooms, look for layered lighting techniques combining cabinet lighting with above-mirror lighting, in shower lighting and chandelier styles suspended over freestanding tubs
Originally Published by The Chronicle Herald
Alexandra Kelter is a social media specialist with Central Home Improvements. Her column covers many aspects of home improvement, both indoor and outdoor, and will combine trending styles with practical applications all within realistic budgets. Kelter is also passionate about fashion, travel, living by the ocean and her bulldog.