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To Bidet or not to Bidet…..

With daily showers, hair washing, antibacterial soap, hand sanitizers, and a unlimited array of toiletry products, Americans are known for being hygiene obsessed.  Why have bidets not caught on in the United States when they are a common feature for toilets around the world?

Originating in the early 1700’s, the bidet has come a long way from its roots; furniture makers once created basins devised to house water for washing. Modern bidets are now sleek, adjustable appendages that fit directly onto your toilet. They operate by shooting streams of water upward and washing your private areas.

Numi® Bidet

KOHLER Numi® (All rights to photo belong to KOHLER)

Today, many bidets come with functions such as a heated seat, a self-cleaning mode and a drying and deodorizing option. You can also control the temperature of the water with the touch of a button.

Here are 5 modern-day benefits of using a bidet:

  1. Conserve resources

By using a bidet, you can eliminate 90 percent of your toilet paper use. Most people use a very small amount of toilet paper to dry off after cleansing; some don’t use any at all.

  1. Increased Cleanliness

Water is known as the universal solvent, which means it is much more effective at cleansing your skin. Using a hands-free bidet would drastically decrease the number of germs that are being transmitted.

Kohler Veil®

KOHLER Veil® (All rights to photo belong to KOHLER)

  1. Therapeutic Effect on Skin

More and more Americans are turning to bidets because of the gentle nature of the device. For those with sensitivities, toilet paper can often be much too harsh on contact. From new mothers recovering from childbirth to seniors with sensitive skin, a bidet is a great way to nurture the body’s healing process.

  1. Septic System Friendly

Conventional toilet paper can clog up your plumbing without any warning, especially if you are on a septic system. Not only does a bidet save your consumption of toilet paper but it can also reduce the risk of an unsightly, overflowing toilet.

KOHLER Numi®

KOHLER Numi®  (All rights to photo belong to KOHLER)

  1. Cost-Effective and Easy to Use

Modern day bidet seats can be purchased for under $100. New designs make them easy to install and less invasive than previous models

Lately, more and more Americans are embracing the modernization of the bidet such as the KOHLER Puretide bidet seat, which makes it easy to add personal cleansing to your existing toilet. With a sleek, low-profile seat design, Puretide provides the superior cleansing of a bidet spray wand that’s fully adjustable for position and water pressure. This manual bidet seat requires no electricity or batteries and installs in minutes, connecting to the toilet’s water supply line.

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Design Trends: What buyers love in Kitchens and Baths

DESIGN TRENDS: From modern white kitchens to earthy tones in baths, we reveal the latest design trends Jacksonville buyers want.

 

Consumers often rate the kitchen as the most important room in the home, and with good reason: this hardworking area is the spot where families and friends gather together most. Baths, as the serenity space where homeowners go to relax and unwind, follow closely in status. So, what do buyers want in these most-loved spaces?

A Homesphere sponsored webinar, “Kitchen and Bath Trends” presented by John Burns Real Estate Consulting, highlighted some of the interior design trends that are popular among homeowners now. In a consumer survey from JBREC and DesignLens, respondents ranked interior style as their most important home feature, even beating out “home size” and “location.” Buyers rated “modern traditional,” “casual organic,” and “traditional” as their top three style preferences.

Clean lines and natural-tone finishes coupled with sophisticated design features are characteristics that buyers want in their kitchens and baths. Homeowners’ value function and form over the size of a home, so small design details can go a long way when creating a practical yet stylish space. Here are some of the top design takeaways for kitchens and baths:

Take it Easy

When in doubt, stay simple. An all-white color scheme remains a top design trend among consumers for the clean look that it gives kitchens and baths. Clean edges and streamlined fixtures create chic, modern spaces while keeping design straightforward.

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Organic Tones Connect with Nature

The “casual organic” style that buyers prefer incorporates natural surfaces and raw tones to make homes feel more down-to-earth. Using natural wood finishes on countertops and wall panels is a stylish way for buyers to feel like they are bringing the outside in. In baths, natural finishes and textures enhance the spa-like, serene feel that buyers crave when looking to relax in their home and disconnect from the outside world. Buyers are shying away from the artificial and opting for more windows to increase natural light within the home.

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A Pop of Color

Color goes a long way in a room and costs next to nothing to incorporate. A bright wall or vibrant accent features can transform a bland space into something exciting. Such a simple addition can make a big difference.

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Add Dimension with Texture

Clean countertop lines and white finishes may be what buyers are looking for, but the addition of a textured backsplash or exposed material is the extra component that will enhance the character of a kitchen or bath. This takes the “pop of color” trend one step further to embellish the surfaces and provide dimension to a simple room.

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Functional Style

Homeowners are practical; after all, at the end of the day, the most important design element of any home is that it functions well for its residents’ daily life. For buyers looking to maximize function in a small home without taking away from appearance, shelves offer the perfect combination of simple and sensible storage. Shelving in kitchens creates a more open feel than traditional cabinets—and costs less to install, too.

Unique light fixtures can also serve as a key design element in a room as an easy and quick way to add flavor and style to the space.

Adding the “little extras” will set the home apart from the pack and help buyers feel like they are making the most of their space—pull-out drawers in kitchen cabinets, island extensions, and cutting board attachments on the sink are all examples of the useful additions that buyers love.

Bathroom Remodeling: Bathroom Fixtures

BATHROOM REMODELING: Gone are the days of very plain bathroom fixtures: All function and no fashion.

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While choosing bathroom faucets and showerheads for your bathroom remodeling project is an exercise in fashion sense as well as practicality. Modern bathroom fixtures offer a great way to update your bathroom style without adding too much to your remodeling budget.

At the sink

Now is your chance to update the outdated bathroom faucet you have been using every day and no longer even notice. This one small update can transform the style of the sink area.Ask your bathroom designer about sleeker chrome or stainless steel faucets for a fresh, modern look. There are so many choices now for bathroom faucet finishes, styles and spout options. You will know the right look when you see it!

In the shower

As you update your shower, carefully consider your shower fixture choices. Would you like a wall-mounted shower head, possibly with a hand-held attachment? In addition to the popular rain shower head option there is also a low-flow showerhead to help you conserve water.

It has been estimated that showering accounts for 30% of water usage in a home. Save water (and money) by adding a low-flow showerhead during your bathroom remodel. Modern designs for showerheads have improved on the water saving feature so you won’t sacrifice water pressure when using a water saving showerhead.

Body Sprayers (wall mounted shower jets) are becoming popular for a rejuvenation spa experience at home. Look into this added luxury as you consider your shower options.

For the tub

No matter what style of bathtub you choose for your bathroom remodel, there is a beautiful fixture available to go with it. Depending on your bathroom design, you may be able to simply choose a handheld shower and faucet combination to match your shower.

Currently there are so many bathroom fixture choices for you to consider, you will want to ask your bathroom remodeler to guide you in getting exactly the fixture you want. Almost all manufacturers allow you to customize your fixture choice by design, finish, type (jetted shower, tub or shower, or combination of tub and shower) and extra features. Trust your bathroom local remodeler to guide you.