Baby Boomers Are Renovating Bathrooms In Preparation For Ageing

Many homeowners who are 55 years old and more are giving their bathrooms a facelift. Aside from enhancing the aesthetic value of the space, their bathrooms are designed to accommodate the realities of ageing. Their bathrooms include built-in seats, curb-less showers, grab bars and limestone floor tiles that are more reasonable alternatives to synthetic flooring.

More than 1,100 US homeowners were surveyed by Houzz Bathroom Trends Study. The homeowners were in the process of planning or have recently completed a master bedroom renovation. More than ½ of the homeowners surveyed were baby boomers who plan to remain in their homes for another decade or so. The reason for the remodelling is accessibility so that they can age in place.

According to Nino Sitchinava, principal economist of Houzz, baby boomers account for most renovation projects and spending. They are aware of the future changes in their needs and they want to be proactive in the integration of universal design features.

A major makeover of a large bathroom can cost from $7,000 to $16,000 depending on the features like dual showers, one-piece toilets, vessel sinks and built-in vanities. In some instances, the whole bathroom layout is changed and the bathtub removed which can increase the price of the renovation project.

The most popular choice among those who are renovating their bathrooms is the natural colour palette with grey preferred for the walls and flooring. At least 35% of those who were surveyed chose white for cabinets although grey is steadily rising from 10% in 2016 to 16% in 2018.

Metal finishes for fixtures and hardware that has been brushed or satin nickel is the top choices of 38% of homeowners. 20% prefer the contemporary design while 14% still go for the traditional. However, farmhouse style is gaining a lot of popularity.

Your bathroom design can come to life through limestone floor tiles that will stay in good shape for a long period of time. Tiles made from natural stone are durable but very expensive. Porcelain and ceramic tiles are very affordable but limestone tiles can make your bathroom eye-catching. It is versatile, flexible and warm.

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