What I Learned About Design Trends at the Houzz.com Event

Last night I attended a Houzz.com event here locally.  It was sponsored by and held at PDI, a new kitchen and bathroom showroom here in Nashville. Attendees included designers, builders, architects, and other home professionals who have business profiles on Houzz.com.

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I dragged Mr. Man along under the guise of a “date night,” but I’m not sure he bought that . . .

the decorologist at pdi showroom nashville

Mr. Man is my personal photographer

There was food, networking, and an interesting presentation by Elyse Jordan of Houzz.com.  The stats she shared related to Houzz.com are staggering.  They have 20 million unique users each month on their site, and they are the largest residential data base for home-related professionals.

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bathroom at Nashville’s PDI Showroom

Did you know that in a recent survey of Houzz.com users, 83% of those looking for design professionals made their choices based on reviews by previous clients?  67% look for “experts in the field,” and 59% look for someone whose personality they feel they can work with.

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PDI Showroom

According to Houzz.com, the latest bathroom trends include tubless remodels (40%) – it’s all about the oversize walk-in shower! I wrote about this emerging trend in younger homebuyers in an article for Houzz a while back, and I got a lot of negative feedback from readers saying I wasn’t right.  Don’t you ever wish you could go back and say, “I told you so?”  80% are using glass enclosures for their showers, and over 50% of those are using frameless glass.

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Elyse Jordan of Houzz.com with Kristie Barnett

Kitchen trends include mixing pendant lighting over islands, using two types of countertops, and integrating the “statement” stove in a different finish.  Stainless steel appliances are still going strong.

Are you a Houzz junkie, like millions of others?  I know plenty of my clients found me there. Have you found home design pros there, and how did that work for you?

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Gwen
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Gwen

Kristie couldn’t agree more about the tubless bathroom. We are planning a remodel in the next year and plan to take out the tub for a nice big shower! Great post. Thanks for being right! 🙂

Kath Barry
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Kath Barry

I am one of those 20 million Houzz junkies…and find the reading most interesting– both article-writer and reader-responses….along with the pictures……I saw your article there. That’s where I must have found you?……You turned me onto Downton Abby, too!!! I thank you kindly, Kristie. We had the builders put one tub/shower and two walk-in wheelchair accessible showers. 9 months later I would say that that was a great idea. I did not find my decorator there but I read articles on HOW to find one and what to know before hiring any decorator. And bought your courses on placing furniture, Kristie.… Read more »

Kathy
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Kathy

At the end of the day its realizing you can’t please everyone so find a middle ground. I also learned what people say they love in your home they might not want it in their own home. Even one couple one would want the large shower the other wants the tub. I think I’m referring to my home hahaha. I really don’t like treads nothing dates a house more than following trends. On hgtv people are having a fit because the house was built 14 years ago. The original homeowner went with trends that had a very short life span.

Natalie
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I have been following the Decorologist for a few days, so I didn’t read the predictions about the tubless bathrooms. As a designer working with several builders and remodelers, I was notified of that trend a while back and even implemented it into my custom home built over a year ago. I miss my tub like crazy:(. I have a huge walk-in shower with custom tile walls, floor, ceiling and bench, but there’s no relaxing tub, like my last custom home. Even though there is another full bath on the same level, I’m not going to walk over there and… Read more »

carol
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carol

I agree. My garden tub just collects dust. I never use it. I do have a second bathroom with the typical shower/tub combo. I don’t need a tub in our master bath. Totally wish I could remodel right now.

Jacquie
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Jacquie

I may or may not have commented on Krisite’s tubless bathroom post but I wanted to warn anyone thinking of this to check with their local building code, especially if you ever plan to sell your home, which includes almost all of us. Ohio building codes require at least one tub in every home and when a home inspector inspects a home for a new buyer, they will advise their buyer of any code violations which will cost the seller in the long run in either remedies or a lower renegotiated selling price. Just make sure to know the facts…… Read more »

Loroy
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Loroy

If I could have my way, I’d take out our gigantic Jacuzzi type tub (we don’t have enough water in our water heater to fill it!) and replace it with one of those pretty and smaller stand-alone tubs. My shower is big enough (don’t want to have to clean a larger one), but I would replace the built-in with some type of tile. I will be updating our bathroom this winter and changing some simple things, but unfortunately a total remodel is not in the budget. I too am a Houzz junky and have gotten a lot of decorating ideas… Read more »

JL
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JL

I am saving up to somehow squeeze a smaller sized tub into my master as part of a remodel to a very dated (lights hanging from chain draped over both sinks) bathroom. A 20 minute soak after a long day being momma to three little boys in some super hot water with three handfuls of Epsom salts is just what I need. Now, there is a tub in the boys’ bathroom, but I have no intention in the future of sharing a tub with three teenage boys after they’ve showered in there!!

Joanne G.
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Joanne G.

We recently moved to a home with a master bathroom containing an enormous garden tub and the tiniest fiberglass shower I’d ever seen. My husband would have had to step out of it and turned around to wash the other side of himself! After much discussion, we decided to do what fit best for our lives now and in the future. We ripped out both pieces, rearranged the room, and installed a huge walk-in shower with frameless glass. We thought ahead by making a very low entry and by placing a large built-in tile seat with a hand-held showerhead nearby… Read more »

Joanne
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Joanne

I don’t use a tub anymore and want to take it out, enlarge the shower and add more storage. My concern is that when I go to sell, the next lady may love a big tub. I do have one in the guest bath but as I’ve read some of the comments, I realize that your own personal tub can be a refuge at the end of a busy day. I’m quite torn.

Jenny B.
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Looks like a fun event. I would love to do a tubless bathroom makeover. Our jetted tub is currently used to hold our luggage. We would be much better served by replacing the tub with a bigger shower, and turning the current shower into a closet for the luggage. 🙂

Stephanie R.
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Stephanie R.

Ok, I admit it. I am a Houzz addict. Love all the pictures and articles. When we built our house 3 years ago, we had them build the masterbath with only a large walk-in shower. We put a large tub/shower combo in the girls bathroom. My builder thought I was crazy for not putting a separate tub in the masterbath, but my husband and I are both shower people. A tub would be a complete waste of space for us both. It’s nice to know that I wasn’t crazy after all. I was just ahead of the times.

Bea
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Bea

On the tub issue…while I realize it is trending, I was the victim of it and hate it. I bought a builder’s lovely and well-made and well-designed 1974 New England style home that HAD a shower separate from a 6′ cast iron claw foot tub in the master bath. However, both were torn torn out and replaced by a huge 4 person shower in a complete master bath remodel by the second owner simply to put the house on the market. I HATE my gargantuan glass shower and no bathtub in the master. When I bought this house, I should… Read more »

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