High Tech Toilets: While no one has taken us up on the $10,000 toilet we wrote about back in January, Asia seems intent on improving the porcelain throwns we've grown comfortable with during the past century. Recent advancements include temperature controlled water fed to spritzing wands followed by automatic dryers. For those not yet ready for car wash bidet experience, you may want to consider a simple toilet seat warmer, or motion sensors that will raise and lower lids without needing to touch anything that might contain germs. Going one step further, some germaphobes might opt for a self-cleaning toilet with an antimicrobial seat!
Digital Faucets: Unlike the creature comforts recent toilet advancements might provide, digital faucets may prepare us for a future when water is a resource deserving further conservation. Beyond being able to adjust for flow and temperature, many new faucets use sensors to determine when your hands are under the faucet and can also use short-term timers for showers and faucets to help make a few us more efficient with our water use.
Geeky Gizmos & Gadgets: Sometimes there is a fine line between geek and sleek, so in the interest of keeping our past clients and future customers aware of all their current technology options, pay close attention to LCD shower panels that will empower you to adjust water temperature, water flow, stream location and chromotherapy (lighting). But what good would all of this shower water perfection be without either music (yes - bluetooth speaker/shower fan combinations are a wonderful thing) or a waterproof TV? Finally, we don't want to push last year's shower beer meme too far, but now it seems some contractors are getting requests for refrigerated bathroom cabinets to store wine, beer or medicines that should be kept cool.
Just be sure to save some space for a small recycle bin in your next bathroom design!