Don't overlook the bathroom when redecorating or designing your home. It's an integral part of your home that influences its function, aesthetics and even value. Rather than focusing strictly on traditional design processes, such as painting the walls and upgrading the vanity, however, you should consider the following high-tech improvements.
Also known as underfloor heating, heated floors is the perfect addition to a modern bathroom. It features a heating element embedded into the floors that warms your feet. When you step out of the shower, you won't have to press your feet against the cold tile floors. With heated floors, the ground will be nice and cozy. Keep in mind that heated floors aren't cheap, however. Depending on the specific type, you an expect to pay about $6.00 to $9.00 per square foot.
Low-Flow Shower Head
Another high-tech upgrade to consider using in your bathroom is a low-flow shower head. Under federal law, shower heads produced and sold in the United States can't use more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute. Low-flow shower heads, however, only consume about 2 gallons of water per minute, thereby making them more efficient. Replacing your bathroom's current shower head with a low-flow head will lower your home's water usage and save you money on your monthly water bills.
No, that's not a typo. Programmable showers have become increasingly popular in recent years. They feature an interface -- typically touchscreen -- that allows you to set your preferred shower settings. Among other things, you can set things like water pressure, temperature, stream type and height. After selecting your preferred settings, the shower will remember it for the next time that you shower. Different family members can also choose their own settings, making a programmable shower the perfect addition to a family bathroom.
Smart lighting isn't limited strictly to the living room; you can use it in area of your home, including the bathroom. As you may already know, smart lighting has two primary functions: to increased convenience and improve energy efficient. While features vary depending on the specific type of smart lighting, most are designed to choose the right illumination power for ideal comfort and efficiency. So, while upgrading to smart lighting in your bathroom costs money, you have to view it as an investment. With smart lighting, you'll save money on your monthly electric bills.