Showers reign supreme in 2019
85 percent of homeowners upgraded the shower in their master bathroom in 2018, with 54 percent increasing their shower size
On average, homeowners spent $8,000 on a bathroom remodel. For major remodels where the owner at least upgrades the shower, homeowners spent an average of $12,000 — a $1,900 increase from 2017. The cost for minor remodels only increased by $300 to an average of $2,300.
Homeowners are shelling out extra cash for luxury finishes that include ceramic or porcelain shower walls (66 percent) or natural stone flooring (39 percent). Marble was the most popular stone option (18 percent), followed by granite (6 percent), slate (6 percent), and travertine (6 percent).
Homeowners also gravitated toward rainfall showerheads (58 percent), dual showers (23 percent), body sprayers (16 percent), thermostatic mixers (12 percent), and steam showers (3 percent).
Beyond upgrading showers, homeowners updated their faucets (88 percent), wall finishes (84 percent), flooring (84 percent), lighting fixtures (81 percent), and countertops (80 percent).
Keeping in line with the spa theme, homeowners are choosing clean and calm color palettes. White is a favorite for vanities (34 percent) and countertops (46 percent), while gray is the most popular hue for non-shower flooring (31 percent) and walls (29 percent).
However, homeowners are embracing patterned (51 percent), surface material (44 percent), or colored (40 percent) accent walls.
Although not in widespread use just yet, homeowners are bringing their love of technology to the bathroom by installing smart toilets.
Thirty-four percent of homeowners installed a smart toilet in their master bathrooms, a six percentage point increase from 2017. The most popular smart toilet feature was self-cleaning bowls (13 percent), followed by bidets (13 percent), heated seats (10 percent), and overflow protection (9 percent).
On the other hand, homeowners are still ditching their bathtubs — 50 percent of homeowners got rid of their tubs during a master bathroom renovation.