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The evolution of bathrooms – did you know?

Considering how vital the bathroom is to our homes, you may be surprised to discover its basic design hasn't changed much in 100 years. Before running water, bathroom activities took place in various locations. There was a wash stand in the bedroom, a tub for bathing in the kitchen near hot water and an outhouse outdoors. Indoor plumbing brought a new way of thinking in the late 1800s.

In Europe, wealthy homeowners converted spacious bedrooms to contain toilet, sink and bath. Just about the same time, sanitary methods were being adopted in hospitals to combat germs, which contributed to the introduction of porcelain fixtures and tile. During the early 20th century, with all the new construction taking place in America, builders found that fewer pipes minimized costs – and the modern bathroom was born.