11 Jul Bathroom Remodeling Trends in The Hamptons/East End of Long Island
Bathrooms are all too often treated as an afterthought when it comes to home redesign. There’s no reason you can’t have style and function in one space. Lately, these are the trends we’ve been seeing as we remodel bathrooms in the Hamptons and East End.
Universal Design Components
Universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by everyone, without the need for adaptation or specialized design, and is related to aging-in-place-remodeling. The good news is that you don’t have to sacrifice aesthetics for accessibility, at least in our experience. Updating bathrooms with these elements is growing in popularity as homeowners start thinking about the future, whether it’s growing older in one’s own home or for the future resale value. They include features like grip bars in the shower, nonslip flooring in the tub and shower, handheld shower faucets, and roll-in showers (allowing them to be wheelchair accessible) with a seating element built in. (They may also be referred to as curbless showers.) sometimes adhering to universal design principals means that people are choosing to either get rid of the tub or replace it with a more accessible model called a walk-in tub.
There are two main types of heated floors:
- Electric radiant heat – uses electricity to heat up the tiles.
- Hydronic heating – uses heated water that flows through a complex tubing system underneath your floor.
If you’re thinking of redoing the bathroom flooring, this is a nice thing to add when laying down the new floor. Heated flooring works best with ceramic, porcelain or natural stone tiles, and it does not work well with wooden flooring. While this technology has been around a long time, there have been some improvements that make your life easier. Some manufacturers offer programmable heating, which is great because it lets you set it for the same time your alarm goes off in the morning, allowing you to avoid getting shocked awake by a cold bathroom floor. Having heated tile or stone floors also means you don’t need to keep the heat as high in your helping you save on the electric bill.
Lately, we’ve been seeing a number of people are opting for freestanding tubs. They can be quite a statement piece and can serve as the focal point of the bathroom. Freestanding tubs now come in a number of materials and a wide range of finishes like wood, enamel, and even volcanic stone.
It’s no surprise that technology has made its way to the bathroom. And needless to say, fancy, high tech Japanese toilets as well as other smart toilets are part of this trend. Some popular features for those include sensor-operated seats and lid, nightlights, heated seats, and the ability to clean themselves. (A little less high tech but still popular are environmentally friendly toilets.) There are also the new digital faucets with touchless technology and things like digital temperature control and even some programmable features. We’re also seeing more clients who want to put TVs in the bathroom, and small touches, like heated towel warming drawers.
Lighted mirrors have been popular lately. They are usually wall-mounted, often with LED lights. (This is in addition to regular bathroom lighting, like ceiling lights or wall-mounted soffits.)
There are a lot of choices out there, and we’re here to help you find the right ones for your house. Contact FD Building Co. at (631) 779-2859 or send us a message.