Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Latest Relief for Male Home Owners...

The Latest Relief for Male Home Owners

The hottest new home d├ęcor item for the man who has everything? A home urinal.

''This is another way to make men feel pampered, the way the bidet made a woman feel her bathroom was complete,'' says Long Island architect Paul Rice.

Toilet manufacturers are flush with success at this new market. Toto U.S.A. which added a home urinal to its line in 2005 for $975, has gone from selling dozens to hundreds a month in the last year. Villeroy & Boch has introduced eight different home urinal designs in the last four years. “This is found business,” says Tim Schroeder, president of Duravit U.S.A., whose water-free model sells for $895.

Even developers and builders are taking note. The Duravit Utronic comes standard in roughly half of the 260 units of the new Turnberry Ocean Colony towers near Bal Harbour, Fla., where homes ranging in price from $1.4 to $4 million are almost completely sold out.

Source: The New York Times, Suzanne Gannon (01/25/07)