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never worked with tech contractors or consultants,
often because they're not familiar with them, don't
know whom to contact and/or generally rely on
electricians to provide technology guidance.
Just 34 percent of integrators surveyed work
directly with designers when integrating technology in master bathrooms. Designers and integrators can each benefit by working together and
broadening their focus into smart plumbing, an
area that has strong appeal among homeowners.
Integrators and designers working together can
alleviate some homeowner concern about adding
technology to the bathroom.
From the consumers' point of view, top tech
bathroom features include tubs or showers that
can automatically adjust water to desired temperature, hands-free or touch-free faucets and toilets,
plumbing or faucets that send remote failure/leak
alerts to mobile devices and fixtures that sense being turned on or left on unintentionally. Comfort
technology - especially heated floors and toilet
seats - and climate and water temperature control
and monitoring are also important.
Consumers most want a good Wi-Fi connection for internet access, the ability to control all
bathroom lighting from one location, motion-

ABOVE Heated floors are

high on the wish list of what
makes the master bath more
comfortable.

sensor and voice-activated lighting and preset lighting scenes for different
activities or times of day or night. Finally, integrated charging, places to stand/
display mobile devices, built-in speakers and integrated screens/monitors
round out the electronics tech wish lists.
As for other bathroom innovations and creature comforts, homeowners
are also interested in walk-in showers with rainheads and side-spray jets,
towel warmers, bidets, smart air filtration and showers with pressure control.
The bottom line is that consumers want the tech but not the tech look.They're
most interested in technology that offers comfort and safety, and designers can
capitalize on these preferences by collaborating with tech experts so they can
recommend the best products to suit their clients' bathroom wishes.
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