Emerging trend: multi-tasking designs
From the geniuses in the design world, several winners have been named in the Reece Bathroom Innovation Awards for 2011 and right off the bat, we noticed a trend more dominant than in years past- bathrooms designs that multi-task to accommodate smaller spaces.
The winners are broken into professional designers and student designers with awards for both and our favorite design (which unfortunately did not win the award after being named a finalist) was Robert Grynkofki’s Vanity tub that brilliantly hides a tub underneath a double sink vanity:
Grynkofki’s entry says, “A bathtub is a key piece in the bathroom but individuals with smaller bathrooms often find the bathtub is a luxury that has to be missed. Those lucky enough to have a bath know that it often collects dust if it is unused. The Vanity Tub offers a solution as it offers the user a comfortable tub which then disappears underneath a spacious double sink vanity. Two sliders limit the operating area for safety and wheels for movement means this bath is as effortless as opening a kitchen drawer. Flexible steel knitted hoses for drainage and water enable the Vanity Tub to operate like any other bathtub. The aesthetics of the Vanity Tub can be personalized and the frame is designed to support standard sized bathtubs.”
Knowing options for smaller spaces can help real estate professionals give buyers a better vision for their future home and being aware of trends is useful for luxury real estate professionals expected to know the latest and greatest home amenities.