Best in American Living Awards note details seen in homes of all sizes

Homeowners can find ways to open up their bathrooms, regardless of the room's size.

The Best in American Living Awards (BALA) recently recognized the year’s hottest design trends and proved that homeowners don’t need Extreme Makeover-esque designs to create beautiful homes with functional features. 

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) competition awarded 65 single-family homes, apartments, condos, remodeling projects and subdivisions for their innovative designs and on-trend looks. Common features – regardless of the homeowners’ income or house size – were high-quality detailing and well-coordinated esthetics. 

Bathroom trends favored a functional and compact layout with an open-concept vibe. Most builders eliminated extra walls, reduced the amount of floor​ space between fixtures and added transparent glass enclosures to make smaller spaces feel more airy. Homeowners also have control of other aspects that open up a bathroom – such as compact cabinet design. Many homeowners chose sinks with vanity cabinets, rather than pretty (yet impractical) pedestal sinks, and combined tubs and showers to create more floor space. Another great trick of the eye was to add mirrors to a room in well-executed places – the right mirror can truly make a room appear larger and more well-lit. Homeowners might want to look to these trends during their own remodels – who wouldn’t want to be recognized for both style and practicality?