Top Priorities in 2020 Bath Design

Homebuyers are looking for their master bath to provide an escape.  A spa-like experience with a feeling of the outdoors is at the top of their list.

Showers are not just for hygiene.  The right combination of the multi-spray configuration–overhead rain-head showers, hand showers, multifunction showerheads, body sprays—can elevate mood and invigorate well-being, whether you’re kickstarting the day or unwinding for the evening.  Add the luxury of steam for removing toxins and impurities and promoting respiratory health.

First, there were coffee pods to deliver the coffee shop experience at home, now there are shower capsules to rival the aromatherapy treatment you might receive at a top-notch spa. INLY Shower Capsules slide into an infusion dial on Moen Aromatherapy Handshowers. Users set their preferred dilution setting for infusing the running water with essential oils in the fragrance of their choosing.

Clutter-free, Germ-free Design Details

Including details that keep your bathroom organized and make it easier to keep it sanitized will be noticed.  Buyer is looking for:

Water quality is another area of concern for health-conscious buyers. Unlike copper and PEX plumbing pipes, CPVC pipes and fittings, such as those made from FlowGuard Gold® CPVC, are touted not to leach any substances at unsafe levels, to have lower biofilm growth inside the pipes, and to be impervious to degradation from chlorine and chloramine.

Clutter-free, Germ-free Design Details

Make sure Wi-Fi connectivity is available in the bathroom so that users can use voice-control to select a temperature, water flow, stream audio, lower the shades and dim the lights.

A premium, smart toilet experience is now accessible at more home price points.  For example, Bio Bidet’s Prodigy 770 has a motion-activated open and close lid, dual smart flush and an integrated self-cleaning bidet with customizable, remote-controlled water and dryer settings at half the cost of competitive, top-of-the-line, smart toilet offerings.

Making a big statement in smaller spaces

Today’s homebuyers may be willing to sacrifice some square footage, but they’re not wishing to skimp on bath amenities.

Universal Design Disguised

Some examples of bathroom design that’s both chic and user-friendly for physical challenges include curbless showers with integrated seating, handheld faucets, and linear drain systems eliminating the need for enclosures around the shower space. Walk-in tubs offered in more traditional horizontal designs and wall-mounted sinks also fit the bill.

Noteworthy products include:

The bottom line:  Bathrooms can be deal-makers or deal-breakers.  Thoughtful design and careful product selections must prevail.

Just like other areas in the home, statement-making design in baths is an open concept and brings the outdoors in.  Curbless showers with infinity drains, the ability to customize faucet and sprays selections, and the inclusion of a tub in the master suite are selling points.

Nebia by Moen offers a superior shower experience through atomization, the process of breaking up water into tiny droplets, offering twice the coverage while using almost half the water.

Beverly Smirnis is the co-founder of Building Savvy magazine and publishes its flagship Dallas/Fort Worth edition.  She and her business partner and husband, Steve Smirnis, have served as judges for the International Builders’ Show Best of IBS Awards and judged numerous homes for builders association parade events across the country.