When looking to buy or sell a home, real estate agents always steer potential customers to the kitchen and the bathroom. Both spaces are used multiple times a day and are required to be functional as well as fashionable.
Wright is noticing bathroom and kitchen upgrades going the extra step. Home-owners are revamping their existing homes or purchasing homes to renovate but instead of choosing from the long list of upgraded fixtures – people are opting for the home-enhancement features that fuse style with functionality.
“We’re in the bathroom business, but we’re also in the fashion business,” says Wright. The home-enhancement products currently on the market are more expensive than upgrade options, but are still within reach for most people.
Considering home-enhancement products as investments is a good way to look at your purchase for two reasons, explains Wright. Top of the line products are built to provide optimal functionality and create less waste – whether it be energy or water. Also, visible upgrades give your home selling power and boost overall quality of life.
Caroma, an innovative Australian bathroom design company is gaining popularity in the Canadian market. For many Canadians, saving water is not only a sound measure for protecting the environment, it’s also a way to save money. The initial investment in purchasing a quality water-saving toilet guarantees a quick return. A Caroma dual flush toilet is a stylish addition to a modern bathroom but also comes equipped with a trapway double the industry standard.
“The larger concealed trapway delivers a solution to a common problem people have these day with other low-flow toilets,” says Wright. “ With this product, everything disappears and you’re using much less water.”
Bathroom specialists across the Maritimes are meeting growing interest in fashionable bathroom products, but there is still high demand for assisted-living products aimed at the aging population.
Companies such as Longevity Acrylics Inc. are designing special care bathtubs and showers for those with limited mobility. They install easily into existing bathrooms with little reconfiguration and come equipped with convenient seating and strategically placed grab bars.
With simple design, clean lines and appealing hardware, Longevity Acrylics Inc. is staying true to the idea that homeowners need not compromise style for comfort.
“When it comes to the home, Maritimers value quality first and foremost,” says Paul Pettipas, CEO of the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association. “Bathroom fixtures available today are exceeding our expectations when it come to functionality and design – making our lives easier and definitely more enjoyable.”
With the variety of hands-free faucets, water-saving toilets and decorative vessel sinks, a bathroom can be a spa-like retreat without losing its utilitarian purpose. So far, with homeowners’ demands advancing, bathroom design has been quick to follow suit.