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Report: His-and-hers bathrooms are trending

by Diana Dietz on

78781739“His-and-hers” bathrooms, bathrooms that contain separate spaces for a couple, are beginning to appear in a wider range of homes, The Wall Street Journal recently reported.

While homeowners have traditionally poured the most money into kitchen upgrades, an increasing share are now spending more on bathrooms.

His-and-hers master bathrooms—the industry term for bathrooms that allocate separate spaces for a couple—first started in the highest end of luxury homes. Now they are beginning to appear in a wider range of homes, with larger spaces and dedicated fixtures for each partner.

The trend is partly fueled by couples getting ready for work at the same time and not wanting to trip over each other as they do it. Also, wealthy baby boomers are hitting the age where they seek comfort and tranquility, splurging on a space where they can spend time together.

A recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders® (NAHB) found that six percent of buyers consider his-and-her baths essential, and 18 percent insist on a private toilet compartment. Men focus on showers, while women want relaxing tubs, but some couples are also requesting enormous shower areas with two shower heads and multiple body sprays. Other upgrades include separate toilet spaces—or even two facing toilets—as well as vanities and steam showers with seating areas.

And many Americans are still looking for more bathrooms, rather than one large one: Some 30 percent of new homes sold today have three or more, up from 21 percent a decade ago and 12 percent in 1987, according to the NAHB.

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Homes Trends NAHB Bathrooms Homebuilders Luxury
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  • Mary Robins    December 23, 2013 | 12:00 pm

    This is something that I have seen trending as well when I show homes. And I have done the same with my own home. It seems that guys now want to have some space in the bathroom as well as their partners. Great article and timely as well.

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  • Todd Stull    December 24, 2013 | 12:57 am

    Nice article. Quick and to the point… The only thing I see different in the industry is that many folks would rather not have a tub in their master bathroom (coupled up with a shower). Although the tubs are rarely used, they will keep it or replace it with a new one in fear of lowering resale value and end up not using it.

    I think at some point, the real estate industry should keep the tub value in the hall bath and start promoting much larger showers for the master bath. Jacuzzi tubs are a dying breed.

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