The Eco-friendly Bathroom Still Tops the List in 2022 Trends
Homeowners want larger, sustainable bathrooms with a focus on the shower
Doing good for the environment
The feature that gave bathrooms their name—the bath—is increasingly absent from today’s layouts. Homeowners are opting for larger bathrooms that employ eco-friendly bathroom features like LED lighting and water-conserving showerheads.
These are a few of the findings from the latest National Kitchen & Bath Association report that surveyed more than 700 designers, architects, contractors, and showroom managers. The report provides an overview of what homeowners want in today’s kitchens and bathrooms.
Eco-friendly bathrooms from safer paints to efficient windows
Three-quarters of newly renovated bathrooms rely on energy-saving LED lighting combined with increased natural light. This is beaming through low-E windows that offer more insolation from the heat or cold. Isolated doors are another option to save on heating and cooling energy.
Today’s bathroom renovators care about toxins. More than half prioritize VOC-free paints and stains along with formaldehyde-free cabinets. (VOC or volatile organic compounds is an umbrella term for chemicals found in many products and can cause health issues.)
Other prominent features of today’s bathroom designs include countertops created from recycled steel, glass, paper, or plastic. Homeowners are also reducing their carbon footprint with cabinets made from salvaged or local wood.
For millennial homeowners, water efficiency is key in a new bathroom. This means functions that irrigate a yard with shower water or a bathroom sink that drains into the toilet tank.
Tub to shower conversions initiate better layouts
The large numbers of millennials entering the housing market in the last two years have caused a shift in design. Many of those who renovate will, at the very least, increase bathroom size slightly.
These young renovators are removing bathtubs often to increase the size of their showers. The freed-up space also allows for more bathroom storage and a larger dressing area.
Overall, renovators are tearing down walls to mesh dressing areas and wardrobes with bathrooms. Combining bathroom and laundry areas is another popular choice. If you’re looking to renovate your bathroom or home, find a vetted Sweeten general contractor and discuss what’s possible in your space.
Typically the smallest room in the home, the bathroom can pack a lot of punch. Plan a dream space with one—or all—of these elements: an eco-friendly bathroom with more space for a bigger shower, sink vanity, or other multitasking.
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