If you’re one of those technology gurus who absolutely loves to have the latest tech gadgets, a smart bathroom could top your home improvement to-do list in the near future.
At Sea Pointe Design & Remodel, we’ve always been conscious of helping our Orange County clients utilize smart bathroom design to get the most out of their space. But here, we use the term ‘smart bathroom’ to describe using technology inside this all-important room in order to get and do even more.
For many people, smart technology has become commonplace in their vehicles with automated parking systems, integration with various apps, and more. And, with popular Alexa smart home devices, many homeowners have begun to enjoy at least a small degree of automation inside their house. Now, let’s take it one step further and see what smart bathroom trends are happening in an Orange County home near you.
Smart Bathroom Technology to Level Up Your Bathroom Design
While technology continues to evolve and more options become available, we’re going to focus on 5 devices that could change how you use your bathroom forever!
1. Digital Voice Assistants
Yes, homeowners have been talking to Alexa for a while now, being able to turn on the lights or change a room’s temperature simply by speaking. Now, we’re seeing an increase in voice-activated features in the bathroom as well.
Voice-activated light switches in the bathroom are perfect for busy people. But they’re also becoming an important part of smart bathroom design that enables homeowners to age in place. With the right devices installed, anyone, including individuals with impaired mobility, can now turn on the lights, turn up the heat, or even fill up the tub with a simple voice command.
2. Smart Bathroom Toilet Technology
Have you ever walked into a bathroom where someone had forgotten to flush the toilet? If so, you probably haven’t appreciated the resulting assault on your senses. But with a smart toilet, you don’t have to worry. Automatic flushing is one of the many benefits currently touted by smart toilets. In addition, some offer seat temperature control, self-cleaning, personalized washing and drying settings, and more! Of course, you’ll have to weigh the benefits of all these luxurious features against the fact that your family member who already spends too much time in the bathroom may now spend even more time on the throne!
3. Magic Mirrors
“Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” So goes the famous quote from Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. But with today’s smart bathroom technology, YOU can ask the same question right at home!
With a smart mirror installed in your bathroom, you can watch how-to videos on YouTube to master that new hairdo or match your favorite celebrity’s makeup. Or, you can use voice commands to send an email, order a meal, take a selfie and more, all while getting ready for the day. Not ready for that much out of your mirror? No problem! There are other models that have lesser capabilities such as playing music or providing USB charging ports.
4. TVs For Your At-Home Spa
From a child, you were taught that electricity and water don’t mix. Technology like your favorite television doesn’t mix with water either, or at least it didn’t before. With advances in smart bathroom devices, however, you can now enjoy your favorite TV show while soaking in the tub. Smart TVs can be voice activated so you don’t even have to lift a finger, although some models do have touch screens that can be safely operated with wet fingers.
5. Smart Bathroom Scales
Unfortunately, technology hasn’t quite advanced to the point where the bathroom scale will lose weight or gain muscle for you. A smart scale can connect to your other smart devices, however, making it easy to sync your weight and body measurements with other things like your exercise and diet history on your smart watch. Some newer models even have the ability to store your data in a PDF format for easy tracking or sharing with a medical professional.
Smart Bathroom Design and Technology From the Orange County Bathroom Experts
While all of these smart bathroom devices are cool and useful, they do cost more than their not-so-techy counterparts. When you work with a professional bathroom designer, however, they can help you decide how and when devices such as these can fit into your remodeling budget. At Sea Pointe Design & Remodel, our design experts also ensure that you get the best bathroom design – one that will meet your family’s needs now AND in the future so you end up with a space that’s both beautiful and functional.
To get design ideas and inspiration for your own bathroom remodel, check out our online portfolio of completed projects. Or, register for one of our upcoming remodeling webinars to get helpful tips from our Orange County remodeling pros.
Then, when you’re ready to start planning your bathroom renovation or other home remodeling project, simply give us a call at (949) 861-3400 or fill out the form below to schedule your complimentary design consultation.