With an ageing population and an increasing number of adult children returning to their parental homes after moving out, multigenerational living in the UK is on the rise.
Research by insurance company Aviva* shows that multi-family households in the UK grew by 50% between 2005 and 2015. Assuming the same rate of growth in the next 10 years, there will be almost half a million multi-family households by 2025.
While white is still the most popular colour in Bette’s glazed steel shower trays and floors, there has been a definite shift in the colours and finishes being chosen. Forty percent of Bette shower trays or floors are sold in matt, rather than gloss colours. Matt white is popular, and there is a high demand for various shades of grey and beige. Darker colours are also being selected, with browns to dark anthracites popular.
At Ideal Standard, we’re seeing a gradual move from UK consumers away from pillar taps and dual control fittings to lower-cost, single levers.
We know that consumers like their more contemporary designs the fact that they’re easy to use. However, many single lever taps are only suitable for higher pressure water systems typically found in newer homes and are unsuitable for lower pressure gravity fed hot water systems.