An Easy-To-Clean Bathroom is a Renovation Must-Have
Material and design ease the burden when it comes to a clean space
Homeowners are spending less time cleaning, driving up the popularity of easy-to-clean bathroom materials and design.
Sweeten looks at this key finding from the latest National Kitchen & Bath Association report, the result of a survey of over 700 architects, designers, contractors, and showroom managers.
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Quartz, the most sanitary countertop material, is by far the most popular choice for vanities. Its close cousin, quartzite, is the second most common choice followed by granite. (Quartz is an engineered stone whereas quartzite is a slightly more costly natural stone).
Undermount sinks are also proving widely in-demand. Because there is no rim, there are no hard-to-clean spots and countertops are wiped off straight into the sink.
Homeowners are opting for floating vanities with cabinets that are either painted or treated wood that shows off the natural grain. Floating vanities also make it easier to keep the floors clean. As with countertops, colors are likely to be in lighter tones.
Touchless faucets are gaining traction thanks to millennial homeowners’ love for technology and hygiene. Black, nickel, and brass are the three top choices for faucets. Matte or brushed is the go-to finish.
Easy-to-clean bathroom: Flooring
The most common classic bathroom floor is still ceramic and porcelain tile. However, luxury vinyl that has the look of wood or tile with more durability is gaining in popularity. Vinyl is also water-resistant and has no grout making it a low-maintenance option. Heated flooring of any material is often requested.
Functional tubs and showers
Homeowners are ditching baths to increase the size of their showers. Often these showers have no door and a rimless entry, a small change that helps older homeowners “aging in place.”
Shower glass is often clear rather than frosted. Low grout options such as large tiles or whole slabs are popular because they are easy to clean.
If homeowners do opt for a tub, they will likely pick something free-standing that is deep and primed for soaking.
New sources for lighting
Instead of using more lights, large windows and skylights pick up the slack with added natural light.
Homeowners are also choosing strategic lighting features such as backlit mirrors. This cuts down on unflattering overhead lights and the electrical bill.
When you’re ready to get started on your bathroom or home remodel, work with Sweeten to renovate with the best contractors.