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For Millennials, Showers Reign in the Bathroom

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Showers—the bigger, the better—have muscled the tub out to the curb, and other options, like programmable functions in the bath, appeal to this technologically-savvy group.

These functions include ventilation fans that switch on when the humidity reaches a certain level and temperature-controlled showers.

Here are five tips for designing bathrooms to hook the millennial customer:

• Put in as big a shower as possible and forego the tub. "They don't care about a bathtub," says Austin home designer Janet Hobbs, who notes this group of buyers is savvy enough to be concerned about resale value. "In some cases we are designing bathrooms where a tub could be put in later."

• Employ smart technology wherever possible. Programmable lighting—"They are all about LEDs," says Hobbs—is also big.

• Keep the lines simple...and clean. Millennials prefer a modern design aesthetic in the bathroom, with easy-to-care for surfaces, fixtures, and appliances.

• Use eco-friendly materials. This is a generation that really cares about sustainability. According to REALTOR magazine, renewable and reclaimable materials like bamboo and glass rank high, as do low-VOC paints, and adhesives.

• Incorporate plenty of storage. Millennials will compromise on square footage but not flexibility, so tuck in shelves and pull-outs at point-of-use wherever possible.