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RIP rubber ducky: Houzz survey says tubs are out for bathroom remodels

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Bathroom in Brenden Morrow's home in Dallas
According to a new Houzz study, tubs are being used less and less in bathroom remodels. Photo courtesy of Rogers Healy and Associates
Bathroom at 6520 Northaven Rd. in Dallas
Bathroom remodelers want to let in the light by adding windows and new fixtures. Photo courtesy of Ebby Halliday
Bathroom at 5544 Waneta in Dallas
Glass shower enclosures are the clear choice, appearing in eight in 10 new bathrooms. Photo by Matt Callahan
Shelby, On the Market, 1136 Shelterwood, August 2012
More homeowners are installing double sinks in the master bath. Courtesy of TK Images
Bathroom in Brenden Morrow's home in Dallas
Bathroom at 6520 Northaven Rd. in Dallas
Bathroom at 5544 Waneta in Dallas
Shelby, On the Market, 1136 Shelterwood, August 2012

When it comes time to make a change to the house, master bathrooms are at the top of homeowners’ lists of rooms to redo. But the latest report from Houzz reveals surprising trends about what people are choosing to include — or exclude, in some cases.

For example, four out of 10 bathroom remodelers are skipping the tub. And more than half are saying goodbye to privacy when visiting the porcelain throne, choosing instead to leave their new master toilet exposed. Homeowners 35 and older, on the other hand, are more likely to keep their potty privacy.

Speaking of the potty, 91 percent of remodelers are selecting high-efficiency toilets for the redo. In addition, more than a quarter of young homeowners are eschewing the traditional two-piece model in favor of tankless or wall-mounted options.

Other interesting findings? Double sinks are on the rise, and shower curtains are on the decline; in fact, eight out of 10 new bathrooms have glass-enclosed showers. Also, remodelers want to let in the light: 48 percent of respondents are adding a window, 41 percent are adding a lighted vanity and 12 percent want a skylight. Seven percent are spicing up the shower with LED lights in their showerheads.

Houzz surveyed 7,500 users who are in the midst of — or are planning — a bathroom remodel. The home remodeling and design platform connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals so users can find design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews to help turn ideas into reality.

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