There has been a shift in the building industry over the past 24 months ever since the GFC. Credit is much tighter and consumers are even more careful when assessing their building choices. While the wallet seems to have shrunk there are still many innovative trends coming into the home building market as viable choices. We take a look at the top Ensuite and Bathroom trends that we think will be introduced in 2011 in the new display homes throughout Perth.Enhance your Ensuite with a double shower recess: This trend isn’t exactly new, but has been in the luxury market for the better part of the last 5 years. Shower recesses especially in the main ensuite have been attracting a double shower rose or a ‘his and hers’ shower rose within the one, oversized shower recess. This should start to be incorporated into most project homes and become mainstream in Perth as the cost to do so is minimal. This feature should be less than $800 retail, as an additional tap, shower rose and plumbing can be done for less than $400 and the additional wall tiling and oversized shower for a further $400. The benefits however are huge, with a spacious shower recess and the advantage of 2 people showering at the same time.Remove the shower screens: This trend is all about cleaning. No one in their right mind wants to be cleaning shower screens, especially with our ‘hard water’ calcium build up that we get in Perth. Introducing the ‘walk around’ shower, where a wall divides the main Ensuite with the shower recess. This feature unfortunately does come at a price, due to the considerable water spray generated without a shower screen the shower recess must be of significant size and in a location where the water is still trapped within the recess. You’ll see more of this in the upmarket homes and rarely in the project homes.Free standing Bath: Not for the tight wallets this option requires a lot of room and really creates a sense of opulence in the ensuite. A freestanding bath doesn’t have the restrictions that enclose an ensuite creating a fantastic sense of space. Generally used when there are views to be enjoyed from the Ensuite or Bathroom where a full height window is incorporated. A freestanding bath allows more light and view into the space than the conventional built in bath.Return to Corian benchtops: Stone benchtops have been really popular for a few years however there are health factors possible associated with the man made stone benchtops. This hasn’t been realised in Australia with our testing being more relaxed than in America, however were you aware that these benchtops are not approved for installation in the USA? Most people aren’t – however for the environmentally conscious and our health conscious the choice to switch to Corian is an obvious one. Corian achieves a very similar look and recently has begun to release new lines of innovative colours and styles, without the drawbacks of man made stone.If you’re thinking of building a custom designed home then your new home designer will have these and many other ideas to incorporate into your new home. Following trends is something they dedicate hours each week to research and building representatives from suppliers regularly visit designers to show off new products that may be incorporated into their new designs.It will be an exciting year of building and over the coming months we’re going to see new display homes unveiled and new innovative building ideas become mainstream trends for 2011.