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June 6, 2012

Hot Bathroom Design Trends

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Twenty percent of home builders expect new construction to embrace aging in place with more universal access in new homes, reports the NAHB. Both the AIA and NAHB note that age-friendly features don't have to be institutional. Simple changes like grab bars, floating vanities that allow for wheelchair access and wider doorways make a big impact on accessibility.

Open Showers

One of the biggest changes in design noted by the AIA comes in the way of showers. "Curbless" showers that are easily accessed by those with limited mobility are finding their way more and more into homes.

This Huntington Beach home (above) has a curbless shower, pictured above, which gives a person with limited mobility easier access.

Wet Bathrooms

Another trend in home showers are doorless showers or "wet bathrooms." Rather than create a separate shower unit, more homes have showers without doors that blend seamlessly into the space.

This Phoenix home for sale (above) features a door-less shower, a feature that is increasingly requested by homeowners.

And while many of these features are green in nature, the survey also found that people still like comfort and convenience. Radiant heated floors scored high as well as linen/storage closets.

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