As you can see in our Featured Spa Project of the month, the master bath is quickly moving towards the way of a home spa. Families and individuals that are renovating and updating their bathrooms are trending towards a much more luxurious and spa like atmosphere according to a recent study by the National Association of Home Builders’ survey “Home of the Future”. This survey predicts that more elaborate bathrooms with dual vanities and walk-in showers will be common in new homes homes by 2015.
According to this survey which was completed by more than 60 builders, designers, architects and other experts, the average home in 2015 will be approximately 2,330 sq/ft, with two stories, 2.5 to 3.25 baths and 4 bedrooms. The average home will have both a spa-like stand up shower stall as well as a tub in master bathroom. The survey goes on to say that the upscale home will measure more than 4,000 sq/ft in 2015, with two stories, 3.5 to 4.5 bathrooms and 4 or more bedrooms. The survey also said that the size of the shower stalls in upscale rooms will grow to anywhere from 5’ x 7’ to 6’ x 8’ in size.
The Asbury Park Press reports that Jacque Petroulakis, a spokeswoman for Pulte Homes, one of the nation’s premier new home builders, says their new bathrooms are getting enhanced tiling and trim work. Even mirrors are being framed by stone or tile, she says, adding that spas and resorts may indeed be an inspiration.
As the sizes and features of the master bathroom continue to grow, we can only assume that the number of amenities that are offered in a new bathroom will also continue to grow. It will not be long before new homes are all equipped with a built in steam shower, sauna, soaking or whirlpool tub. As home buyers continue to partake in spa experiences, the chances that these luxuries are brought into the home will only increase. Home spas might not be typical of a new home yet, but the trend is certainly moving in the direction of this becoming common place.
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