The Rubber Duckie has hit the road

By Sandy Keenan

Tubs may be disappearing, but those that are being installed are often separate and sculptural. Photo courtesy Houzz

There’s a bit of a shocker coming out of the inaugural “2014 Winter Bathroom Trends Study” just released by Houzz, the home remodeling and design website. Bathtubs appear to be out of favor. More than 4 in 10 respondents said they were leaving them out of their new master bathrooms; among respondents 55 and older, more than half are going tub-less.“That was the biggest surprise,” said Liza Hausman, Houzz’s vice president for community and marketing. “I would never do that.”

Houzz emailed the 37-question survey to all of its registered users. Ninety-three percent of the 7,645 who responded said they were either planning or undergoing a bathroom redo. Among that group, about 25 percent said they were enlarging the original footprint of their bathrooms and 55 percent intended to put in double sinks.For walls, paint trumped tile by 47 to 33 percent, and traditional styling edged out contemporary bathrooms (like the one above) by less than 1 percent.

Some preferences correlated with age. “Older homeowners want a hand-held spray; younger ones want a body spray” coming off the wall, Ms. Hausman said. To see the full 2014 Houzz Winter Bathroom Trends Study, click here.



Originally Published in New York Times

01/11/2014