According to some trendsetters’ blogs you will get the idea that every homeowner wants a floating vanity, sleek LED-lit countertops, and walk-in showers. However, remodelers find that for the most part, clients want traditional remodels and conventional products. Many are opting for a “transitional style” to bridge the gap between traditional and modern, which soothes their aesthetic with clean, simple lines yet still allows them to maintain the historical architecture of their house.
Granite is still #1
In both the kitchen and the bathroom, granite is still the number one choice for counter or vanity tops, followed by quartz and solid surfacing. The vanity style most asked for is one that resembles furniture. A vanity with legs and a toe-kick is current yet practical because it is easy to sweep underneath.
More storage in the bathroom
Remodeling clients usually ask for more bathroom storage, which means moving a wall or incorporating all or part of an adjacent room. Usually asked for are linen closets, deeper drawers, open shelving, and a medicine “pantry”. Medicine cabinets are no longer popular.
Whirlpool or jetted tubs are out
Instead of whirlpools or jetted tubs, soaking tubs are now specified by most designers. The majority of remodelers are installing deep soaking tubs and free-standing tubs, as well as replacing whirlpools with large walk-in showers.
Versatility of LED Lighting
Although clients sometimes ask for sustainable products, it is not necessarily a prerequisite for a kitchen remodel. LED lighting and energy efficient windows, however, are popular. LED lights are more affordable and are not as hot as incandescents, which makes them very versatile. Uses are: backlighting vanities, putting them inside a dressing mirror, above cabinets to up light a ceiling, or under cabinets to light the way to a bathroom.
Universal Design a big factor in the bathroom remodel
Accessibility is key. More clients are asking for comfort height toilets, grab bars or hand holds. Many want zero-threshold showers, with angled shower pans that go underneath the tiles to help get the slope for the drain. Many request the barrier-free shower, no longer reserved for those with disabilities.
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Summarized From proremodeler.com: Stacey Freed, Contributer 2/5/15