Welcome Mat: New bathroom trends survey finds showers are are getting bigger

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News
Bigger showers and freestanding tubs are two growing trends when it comes to bathroom remodels, according to the 2019 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study.

Showers are getting bigger, according to newest Houzz bathroom trends study

Roomier showers and freestanding flat-bottom tubs are increasingly popular when it comes to bathroom remodels these days, according to a new study by Houzz.com that focuses specifically on the bathroom. The 2019 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Survey found 4 in 5  four in five homeowners, or 83% percent, upgraded their shower during master bathroom renovations while more than half, 54% percent, increased their shower size. The survey also found that national median of spending on a master bathroom remodel -- which includes both minor and major remodels -- increased from $7,000 in 2017 to $8,000 in 2018. The most common changes during a remodel were upgraded systems, increased shower size, changed layout and modified walls. 

Detroit Garden Works annual Holiday Open House kicks off Thursday and runs through Sunday.

Fresh greens, chic holiday decor at Detroit Garden Works' Holiday Open House

Looking for fresh greens and other chic decor this holiday season? Check out Detroit Garden Works in Sylvan Lake. This upscale garden center is hosting its Holiday Open House all weekend long. They'll have premium cut greens, mosses, picks, stems, berried branches and pods, along with lighting. They'll also have Christmas trees, wreaths and garland. The open house kicks off at 5 p.m. Thursday, ending at 9 p.m. It continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12-4 p.m. Sunday. Detroit Garden Works is at 1794 Pontiac Drive.

Flowers by Gabrielle will host a Thanksgiving Tablescape Workshop on Nov. 26 at its Roseville location.

Learn how to create an unforgettable Thanksgiving table

A fresh floral arrangement and just the right tableware can elevate a holiday tablescape from boring to beautiful. To give your table an extra special look this Thanksgiving, Flowers by Gabrielle, a flower shop with locations in Grosse Pointe and Roseville, is offering a Thanksgiving Tablescape Workshop from 5:30-7:30 Nov. 26 at its Roseville location, 28063 Gratiot. Guests will learn how to create an eco-friendly “no foam” elongated centerpiece-style arrangement. They'll also get tips on how to accessorize and style flowers with candles and other pieces. The workshop is $135 per person and if you're not hosting Thanksgiving, the centerpiece will make a lovely hostess gift. Space is limited; registration is required by Saturday. Go to facebook.com/flowersbygabrielle and click on "Events."

Carbon monoxide incidents increase between November and February, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

How to protect your home, family from carbon monoxide

As temperatures plummet and people crank up their heaters and furnaces, the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in our homes increases. According to the National Fire Protection Association, carbon monoxide incidents rise between November and February. To protect your family from this odorless but potentially deadly gas, First Alert has some tips:

  • Have fuel-burning appliances inspected regularly, such as furnaces, stoves, fireplaces, clothes dryers and water heaters to detect any carbon monoxide.

  • Never use generators indoors. In the case of a power outage, portable generators should be used outside and at least 15 feet away from the home. 

  • Install and test carbon monoxide alarms

  • Never leave a running car inside a garage, even if the door is open. Carbon monoxide can seep into your home from the garage.