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Must-Have Amenities for the Home

Must-Have Amenities for the Home, Featuring Whirlpool® Brand Sunset Bronze Kitchen Suite

By Charles Richardson

When people are building or buying a house, they tend to focus on the location, square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and size of the yard. These are all important, of course, but there are other features that homeowners should be looking at closely: amenities. Far too often we come across families or individuals who tell us, “I wish we had asked for specific amenities and upgrades that were important to us.” With that thought in mind, let’s take a quick look at some of the trending, must-have amenities that buyers are looking for in 2015.

HOT HOUSING TRENDS 2015: BATHROOMS

Free-standing bathtub from The Richelieu Plan 1157

At some point in the past three decades “the bathroom proper” evolved from being a purely utilitarian and unglamorous space which one visited only out of necessity: to wash one’s hands, draw a bath, as well as to relieve other, more pressing, needs. All that’s changed today, of course, as the bathroom has been elevated to priority status among homeowners, builders, and designers. In fact, the bathroom is often the first room (along with the kitchen) that gets the most urgent attention from new home buyers. Let’s take a look at just a couple of the bathroom trends impacting home design in 2015.

Unconventional Bathroom Flooring

The bathroom is typically the smallest room in the home, which makes it the perfect place to get creative!

 

Wood-Grain Tile
Tile is a classic choice for bathroom flooring, with plenty of styles and textures to choose from. The Reclamation Collection by Crossville Tile offers the benefits of porcelain tile with a wood-inspired look that’s elegant and modern.

Bathroom: wood-grain tile

Image courtesy of Crossville Tile

 

Cork
Eco-friendly and attractive, cork is mildew-resistant and bounces back from small mishaps. Its soft, springy texture means you won’t have to step onto a cold floor. Although cork is water-resistant, consult a professional for installation in the bathroom due to the seams between the tiles.

Bathroom: cork flooring

via www.designsponge.com

 

Concrete
Concrete can be an easy and economical flooring choice if your home is built on a slab foundation. Sanding and sealing might be all that’s needed to get a polished look, and staining or etching can give it one-of-a-kind flair.

Bathroom: concrete floors

via www.hegeinfrance.com

 

Pebbles
Pebble tiles are a unique, yet low-key, flooring option that enhances any style of decor while feeling comfortable under foot. Cover the entire floor or mix with other types of tile to create your own design.

Bathroom: pebble floor

via Pinterest.com

 

Pennies
You may have stumbled across this idea already (if you spend enough time on Pinterest) – penny flooring. It’s unusual, but copper has always been a fashionable accent color. Perhaps a bit over-the-top, but definitely a conversation starter!

Bathroom: Penny floors

via Pinterest.com

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