Green Building

Housing trend: People spending more money on bathrooms

Fri, 06/01/2012 - 09:49

The growing importance of the bathroom is not being lost on the real estate sector, as designers and developers are beginning to spend a large amount of time and money on transforming this area of a home.

According to a special to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the number of people who are investing in new fixtures, products and appliances for their bathrooms has risen, as a number of new industries have been created by this increased demand for a more comfortable setting for people to relax and unwind.

People are installing a number of new technologies into their bathrooms, such as radiant heating systems into the floor or LCD televisions into the mirrors or walls. Although some may think that these installations are a luxury that few can afford, the importance of the room has increased for families of all income levels.

"The bathroom was one of the most important things," one homeowner told the Inquirer. "We wanted a double vanity, a large closet, large shower, and a flat-screen TV."

According to the news outlet, the use of heated floors has been somewhat of a new trend, but people are increasingly choosing to install this product as a way to counter the cold feeling of tiles when they wake up in the morning.

A radiant heating system not only allows for a much higher level of comfort in terms of feet touching the floor, but it can leave the whole bathroom feeling warmer and enhances the experience of anyone who enters.

Though some may call a heated floor in the bathroom a luxury, it is important to remember that sometimes people need to treat themselves to nice things. And what better way to do so than by ensuring comfort for the first thing that one does during the day.