Technology is integral in almost every part of our lives. And now, with self-filling baths, digital showers, and sensor tiles, our bathrooms are going high-tech too
If you’re a self-builder, how do you go about bringing your bathroom into the twenty-first century. Do you need a degree in computer science or engineering?
Going high-tech requires a complete revamp of your bathroom, so that it can accommodate the necessary electric cabling and the water supply is able to deliver to a massive showerhead or multiple jets. This system requires high-pressure capability, and most UK homes have water supplies that are gravity-fed and low-pressure, so you may need to replace the water tank or boost the system with a pump.
If you need to keep your renovation or build budget in check, it's still possible to create a luxury bathroom by adding other technology, without the expensive retiling and rewiring requirements.
Transitioning to digital
Digital showers with preset temperatures have been around for a while now so prices have started to come down. However for those with bigger budgets looking for cutting edge technology the ‘super shower’ allows flow customisation and even personalised water massage programmes, with aromatherapy and chromatherapy available as expensive add-ons. Some showers can even be activated wirelessly.
Sensor-based touch controls
Dual-flush cisterns, flow restrictors, and sensor taps are all a response to a general desire to waste less water which can be no bad thing. These intuitive controls are being touted as the next big thing in domestic bathrooms: Ideal Standard’s e-vision, for example, features a touch-screen and underlying technology that makes it a central control system for all water fittings in the bathroom.