As I walked through the dozens of sumptuous bedrooms and salons in the posh French mansions, I did not see a single bathroom. Because. that they. no. exist.
Today, of course, French baths are popular, but when I come back from any foreign country, I thank heaven for American plumbing.
By chance, I came home to find that Houzz Inc. , an online home design platform, just released the 2022 US Houzz Bathroom Trends Study, which collected data from more than 2,500 homeowners who recently completed or were in the middle of a bathroom. Reformation.
The neighborhood of Howes that counts homeowners installing anti-fog mirror systems and double shower heads, while I had just watched how the richest French kings and queens bathed weekly from buckets was not lost on me. I’d have an en suite bedroom over a castle without a bathroom any day.
The report also confirmed that American bathrooms are improving. If you’re looking to improve your data, trend data is important. Anytime you embark on a home improvement project, you want it to not only make your life better, but also enhance the value of your home.
I took a look at the 32-page report, then called Hus economist Marin Sargsyan to walk me through the findings. But at first, I had to ask: “What’s wrong with the baths outside?”
“In other parts of the world, people tend to regard bathrooms as purely practical, while Americans think of them as a place of relaxation and anxiety,” Sargsyan said.
If you’re looking for a redesign, here’s what you should know:
Biggest surprise: “Wood takes the place of white,” Sargsyan said. “For the longest time, white has been the dominant color in bathroom and kitchen cabinets, so we were very excited to see wood-colored cabinets, for the second year in a row, trending up, along with other colors.” While 32% of respondents still chose white vanity, 30% chose wood (mostly mid-grade), followed by gray (14%), blue (7%), black (5%) and green (2%). “We still see white in bathrooms and on walls, which gives the look of cleanliness people want.”
main motive: The number one reason homeowners renovate bathrooms is because they are tired of their outdated style (48%). The second biggest driver (33%) is that the old room is crumbling.
average price: Average national spending on bathroom remodels jumped 13% from last year to $9,000, according to the report. The cost of the largest 10% of projects rose 17% to $35,000 or more.
popular movements: It replaced over 80% of remodels of faucets, floors, showers, light fixtures, and wall finishes. More than three-quarters (76%) have replaced vanity. Most (59%) chose white counters. The majority (53%) chose natural stone such as quartzite, marble, or granite, while 40% chose engineered quartz, which is man-made, and the less expensive semi-quartz.
style direction: This year, transitional style (a mixture of traditional and contemporary or modern) has overtaken modern and contemporary styles with 25% preferred design style. Modern and Contemporary styles declined to 16% each. Conventional produce came in at 11%, and the farmhouse appears to be flat at 5%.
Touchless Techniques: Sargsyan said that motion-activated toilets and hands-free faucets are not intended for airports anymore. Half of respondents have installed one or more high-tech features in their remodeled bathrooms. Nearly two in five added a high-tech toilet feature, with notable increases in toilets (24%), self-cleaning items (17%), heated seats (15%) and built-in night lights (13%). Many have also installed tankless water heaters, radiant heated floors, and anti-distortion mirrors.
Professional help: Recognizing that bathrooms are complex spaces, 85% of homeowners have hired a builder, and 13% have hired a designer.
Most Important Promotion: If you can’t afford an entire bathroom remodel, start with systems. “The average home life in the United States is 40 years, which is why our survey shows 62% of homeowners have upgraded bathroom fixtures and vents,” Sargsyan said. “If the systems aren’t working, no amount of design will help you enjoy the space.”
Marnie Jameson is the author of six books on home and lifestyle, including Downsizing Blended Home. You can access it at www.marnijameson.com.