The hottest trends in bathroom renovations are all about staying warm.
Yes, warm floors are back, in the bathroom and elsewhere. They’re not a new concept – there are signs of underfloor heating dating back to 5000 BCE. Modern radiant heat was introduced in a 1937 home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Many of our Bay Area neighbors still enjoy radiant heat in Joseph Eichler’s well-known homes, built starting in 1950.
According to the US Dept of Energy, radiant heat is more efficient than baseboard heating and often forced-air heating as well. It benefits people with allergies by not distributing allergens as a forced-air system does. More about how that works here.
Heated floors may also save homeowners money by allowing lower temperatures in the home without the floors becoming cold. Plus, they’re great for the resale value of your home.
Ditch the energy-sucking heat lamp. Instant heat warms your bathroom just when you need it, without heating your entire home. Instant electric heaters are both energy-efficient and inconspicuous. While you’re at it, pair the heater with a humidity sensing fan that will automatically start when moisture levels rise, and shut off when they return to normal.
Instant Hot Water
Hate the waste you create while running your tap, waiting for the water to get hot? More and more, homebuilders are installing on-demand (tankless) water heaters specifically for the bathroom. If you’re looking for a retrofit alternative, consider installing a hot water recirculation system. Either way, the water will be hot when you turn on the tap!
Hot Bath in a Wet Room
The traditional shower-over-tub is increasingly being replaced by shower stalls in many homes. If you love a nice, hot bath, though, you may covet a “wet room” — an enclosed and separate room with a curbless, walk-in shower and a deep soaking tub. This elegant room, inspired by cultures that value soaking rituals, offers an extra advantage – the curbless walk-in shower adheres to universal design standards, making it wheelchair-accessible and practical for aging-in-place.
Special thanks to Henry Jackson, Architect (Palo Alto, CA) for inspiring this post by sharing the trends he’s seeing in modern bathroom design.
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