The Modern Bathroom Is a Glimpse Into the Future


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Bathrooms are going high-tech. According to the 2016 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends study, which looked at over 2100 U.S. homeowners who use the site’s home renovation platform, toilets, tubs, and showers are being upgraded with high-tech features that are befitting of a home’s most crucial rooms.

The survey found that 60% of homeowners spend almost an hour a day in their bathrooms, doing everything from taking phone calls to answering emails. If that’s the case, then why not make your bathroom as technology friendly as your office?

Popular upgrades include motion-activated toilets that are also self-cleaning, heated bathtubs that dispense scented mist, and showers with their own lighting options and sound systems. Other luxe features, according to Houzz, include rainfall showerheads, towel warmers, and showers that can comfortably accommodate more than one person at a time.

“Our recent industry and consumer studies show an uptick in discretionary projects and spending in several areas of the home, including bathrooms,” said Nino Sitchinava, principal economist at Houzz. “The Bathroom Trends study sheds light into what is behind the spending increase in renovations of these rooms, including a rise in high-tech and luxury features.”

The survey also revealed that two in five homeowners spend $10,000 to $25,000 on their master bathroom renovations. Some are even spending more than that, proving that when it comes to upgrading your bathroom, no price is too high.

Consider upgrading your bathroom with American Standard’s Modern Rain Showerhead, and tell us: What would you upgrade in your bathroom?