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The Wet Room Design Trend with Haile Kitchen and Bath 

Wet rooms are gaining popularity among homeowners who want to create a soothing and refreshing atmosphere at home. These rooms can range from luxurious bathrooms to spa-like retreats, all aimed at enhancing daily routines and promoting overall well-being. One company, Haile Kitchen and Bath (HKB), is helping people to achieve these goals by providing expert advice and innovative solutions for creating the ideal wet space. 

By Deborah Holmen, M.Ed., NBCT 

Wet rooms, the latest ensuite phenomenon, are open-concept bathroom designs with floors that extend right into the shower. Commonly found in Europe and gaining popularity in the United States, these tiled creations offer an excellent solution for small bathrooms, especially when many homeowners remove the tub and create a larger, enclosed shower space.  

Brad Fortune, president and lead designer of Haile Kitchen and Bath, has noticed the trend of renovating tired bathrooms, taking them to the next level to maximize the available space. “We’re noticing many people wanting to utilize their small spaces with a more thought-out design,” he said. 

The Benefits of Integrating Technology in Wet Space Design 

When remodeling a wet room, there are various aspects that can be considered to make the space more functional and comfortable. One of these is the integration of technology. It is becoming increasingly popular to incorporate tech accessories into the design of wet spaces.  

“One underrated accessory we love in our bathroom is the towel warmer,” Fortune said. “Some may think it is a luxury. However, it not only warms your towels but also helps dry them out to keep them from getting that musty smell that everyone experiences here in Florida.” 

In an age where smart homes are becoming the norm, it is no surprise that homeowners are seeking ways to incorporate innovative technology solutions into their wet rooms. From high-tech showers with programmable water temperature and pressure settings to voice-activated controls for lighting and music, intelligent wet rooms make life easier and more enjoyable. 

According to Fortune, cutting-edge technologies for wet spaces are not limited to options in comfort or luxury. “Some practical ones might be tub sensors that detect tub overflow,” he said. 

Eco-Friendly Design for Modern Wet Rooms 

As technology advances, so too, grows the significance of incorporating eco-friendly aspects into modern designs. Designing a wet room that is both aesthetically pleasing and eco-friendly can be a challenge. Thankfully, there are a variety of sustainable materials and energy-efficient fixtures available that can help reduce the carbon footprint of the wet room. These options include water-saving faucets, renewable materials for countertops and tiles and other environmentally friendly design choices. By incorporating these elements into the wet room design, a beautiful space can also be good for the planet. 

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Design with Purpose and a Personalized Touch  

One of the key advantages of the wet room design trend is that it meets the requirements of homeowners who prefer expansive and well-lit spaces in their bathrooms but may not have abundant space to do so. 

“We can utilize various design techniques, such as placing mirrors to create the illusion of space and using natural light to illuminate the bathroom. By incorporating these design principles, we can help homeowners transform their area to what works best for them,” Fortune said. 

With a wide range of customizable options, HKB allows homeowners to create wet rooms as individual as they are. From selecting the perfect tiles and fixtures to choosing the ideal color scheme, HKB ensures that every wet room design is tailored to the specific desires of the homeowner. 

Bathrooms are no longer just functional spaces but also an area of relaxation and luxury. With the focus on current design trends creating eco-friendly, comfortable and personalized environments, wet rooms can now transform that tired old bathroom into a haven of happiness. 

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