Published on October 19, 2020

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Photography by Madeline Harper

Our bathrooms are in for a big change, according to Houzz’s new trends survey, which polled nearly 1,600 U.S. homeowners who are either in the midst of or have recently completed renovating this space. People are still spending roughly $8,000 on their remodels (the same as in 2019), but this year that money has been going toward changes that will really make the room feel like a sanctuary.

High-tech updates like medicine cabinets with built-in lighting and toilet-bidet combos are definitely on the rise. Renovators are also addressing the little grievances that have a huge impact on their day-to-day routine: insufficient storage, small showers, and limited counter space. Ahead, we spotlight three of the top features everyone is focused on right now. 

Floating Vanities

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Photography by Karyn Millet; Styling by Merisa Libbey

These days renovators are twice as likely to go with customized vanities that are built into the wall than they were last year. Floating structures (ones that don’t touch the ground) have spiked by 4 percent. Take note, small-space dwellers: Those 6 unoccupied inches near the floor can make everything look bigger.

Ceramic and Porcelain Flooring

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Photography by Trevor Smith; Styling by Merisa Libbey

Marble is losing favor as an option for shower flooring (it’s down 5 percent from last year). The majority of homeowners who are redoing this area have gone with affordable ceramic and porcelain options over pricey natural stone for both the floors and the walls. 

More Shower

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Photography by Jason Frank Rothenberg; Styling by Rosy Fridman

Gaining square footage is on everyone’s mind, but not necessarily when it comes to the room as a whole. More than 50 percent of respondents cared more about increasing the size of their shower. One way to accomplish this? Skip the soak sesh. When Anastasia Casey updated her space (pictured above), she ripped out her “problem” tub and turned the whole back area into a walk-in shower. This also allowed her to get rid of the ugly glass door and put a dreamy tiled archway in its place.

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