Are Smart-bathroom Upgrades a Smart Investment Move? / Published in Think Realty

The Internet of Things and the advent of smart little helpers like Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home, and Apple Home have brought the concept of smart design out of the pages of science fiction and into our daily lives. Yet for many of us, the idea of a smart home stops with a Nest thermostat or phone-activated floodlight over the garage.

Instead, imagine this:

You wake up in the morning, stretch, and walk into your bathroom. Instantly, the motion-activated lights come on at the level you prefer. At the same time, the seat warmer on your motion-activated toilet ensures your comfort and the auto flush ensures you never have to touch the handle.

Your motion-sensor faucet runs water for you while your phone-integrated medicine cabinet mirror shows your calendar for the day and gives you the latest news. You call out to your shower to come on, and by the time you step in the water is perfectly programmed to your preferred temperature.

That’s the smart bathroom setup envisioned by Katrina Rice, an interior designer with 84 Lumber’s 84 Design Studio. She works with a variety of residential bathroom designs, from single-family residential remodeling and renovation to new construction and multi-unit developments. Smart bathrooms “change the way you use your basic bathroom fixtures,” Rice said. “The sink isn’t just a sink. The vanity isn’t just a vanity.”

Getting Down to Details: ROI on Smart Bathroom Installations

What kind of return can you expect from installing smart features in a bathroom on your investment property? As with much of the population of the “Internet of Things,” return on investment (ROI) is difficult to project when it comes to smart bathroom upgrades. Consider your buying audience. Will the upgrades provide …

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