September 23rd, 2021

Faucets by the Numbers

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Have you ever wondered how much water is used in an average household on a yearly basis? How about how much water could be saved if you turned off the water when brushing your teeth?

Humans spend a lot of time in the bathroom every day, so we decided to explore this significant space by the numbers. Here are a few basic statistics and fun figures that we wanted to share about bathrooms and faucets.

Basic Stats About Bathrooms

Construction and remodeling projects were incredibly popular in the past year and a half. Many homeowners were stuck at home and wanted to improve the space where they spent so much time.

That cabin fever resulted in a boom of remodeling projects. Homeowners spent 50% more on remodeling and renovation projects in 2020 than they did in 2019.

“Of the renovations, 30% were bathroom upgrades, making it the most popular project other than simply repainting walls,” according to Leslie Cook with Money.

There are a few other noteworthy numbers when it comes to bathrooms:

  • The U.S. uses more water in a day than it does oil in a year, according to a report from Fast Company in 2019.

  • It’s estimated that turning the water off while we brush our teeth and shave could save as many as 5,700 gallons of water per year.

  • “By some scientific estimates, each human hand is home to roughly 150 species of bacteria. Interestingly, though, other surfaces we touch frequently had relatively few bacteria. The faucet and interior door handles had only a fraction of the bacteria found on the shower curtain or floor,” reports SafeHome.

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Facts About Faucets

One of the most common — but often forgotten — features in the bath is the faucet. In a majority of kitchens and bathrooms, mixer taps are commonly used on faucets, where hot and cold water is mixed before reaching the outlet. These taps were invented by Canadian Thomas Campbell and patented in 1880.

Since then, faucet designs have evolved and have helped to inspire beautiful bathroom spaces around the world. Here are some other faucet facts.

  • According to the EPA, a household leak can result in the loss of “nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year and ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. Common types of leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves.”
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  • Automation is in, and smart faucets are a growing trend because they offer a few benefits to designers and end-users alike. Market research shows that consumers expect technology to be a part of their bathroom experience, and “the returns on high end flats are better for the real-estate players, and thus, they are constructing flats with premium accessories such as automated faucets.”

  • Custom looks are especially popular in high-end design, both in commercial and residential spaces. Watermark Designs excels in custom bathroom remodels and builds — and we love collaborating with designers to help find the right elements and materials for their projects.

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No matter what kind of design you might be after, Watermark has faucets that offer water conservation features, limitless design potential and completely unique style to finish the look in your space.

Wild About Watermark

Manufacturers like Watermark want to ensure more sustainable and stylish bathroom designs, and that means we’ve been tracking our own data. Here are some of the basics.

  • Watermark makes over 10,000 faucets per year.

  • The two most popular collections sold are Loft 2.0 and Titanium.

  • Watermark has 27 custom finishes available to ensure the perfect design for each and every space.

  • Polished Nickel is the most popular finish sold.

For more than four decades, Watermark Designs has been a leading manufacturer of high-end faucets, decorative plumbing fixtures, bathroom accessories and elegant hardware for both commercial and residential designers. Watermark understands the importance of faucets — this sometimes-ignored element can often inspire the look of an entire space.

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Let Watermark Upgrade Your Space

Reports from Zillow indicate that a bathroom remodel can bring significant returns for homeowners: “For minor cosmetic changes, you’ll see a $1.71 increase in home value for every $1 you spend. This includes things like painting and refinishing cabinets, swapping out the mirror or upgrading hardware.“

For clients who need a completely custom look, a sustainable solution and faucets that offer limitless design opportunities, Watermark Designs offers designers a full range of finishes and options to complete any design.

Check out our inspiration page for more fun faucet designs and ideas to motivate your next project, and see what each of our collections brings to the table.