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The Popular Features Homeowners Didn’t Know They Needed

Some uncommon home amenities could prove to be surprising necessities when put to the test, says Housing Design Matters


May 11, 2022
Full bathroom with bidet
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While some home features are left unused and others are an absent necessity for homeowners, several amenities that may at first seem impractical or unnecessary can be surprisingly helpful in the long run. Features like a dog shower may seem excessive to some, but pet owners understand the burden of luring a dog into the bathtub or scrubbing muddy paw prints off of the floor.

Bathroom accessories like a bidet are uncommon in most American homes, but during the infamous toilet paper shortage of 2020, homeowners with bidets in their bathrooms were mostly unfazed. Smart home tech is still an up-and-coming feature in most residential spaces, but its benefits are tenfold for homeowners interested in automating everyday tasks, according to Housing Design Matters. 

Another feature desired by the spouse – in this case, the wife – and now loved by both, is the bidet. “I thought my wife was crazy but in her country that’s what they use so we had to get one and surprisingly they are pretty handy”. Heated bidets have become increasingly popular and are almost as customizable (and in some cases, expensive) as refrigerators!

Another friend of mine really wanted heated floors in her bathroom. It gets cold where she lives in the winter. But what surprised her is how much she loves it – even in the summer with the air conditioning blasting. Let’s face it, no one loves cold feet. She also got a heated towel bar to fight off the winter chills. But what she discovered is how effective the heated towel bar is at drying out her towels.

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