Urinal In Luxury Bathroom Divides Rock The Block Stars

With numerous creative designs to examine, HGTV's "Rock the Block" can sometimes create intriguing debates between the contestants and the judges. In episode 3 of season 4, a few of the innovative bathroom reveals included a fireplace, heated floors, and a urinal. Along with his "Luxe for Less" co-star Anthony Elle, the idea was suggested by Atlanta-based designer Michel Smith Boyd. "You don't see a lot of urinals in homes these days, so it is a risk," explains Smith Boyd, per Realtor.com. A practical item commonly found in men's public restrooms, Smith Boyd continues to clarify the notion, "But our vision is mountain modern for a bachelor, and he would appreciate this feature." The urinal left both female judges, Lyndsay Lamb and Leslie Davis, a bit conflicted with the concept, including Elle, who advised against it.

While Smith Boyd's urinal idea is a unique, complementing design, it remains an interesting topic of discussion — can a urinal be a luxury item? The question may pose disagreement for many, especially for Lamb and Davis. Depending on the number of men in one's household (Davis has four), a urinal could be the perfect, accommodating feature. However, Lamb thinks it would feel too strange. "I don't know if I would want to sit next to a urinal if I was going to the bathroom," she explains. Although a urinal installed within a home may be taboo for some, it could also offer the right amount of convenience and style for others.

Why urinals seem out of place at home

Ever thought of installing a urinal at home? While a convenient facility to alleviate yourself when you're out of the house, urinals are typically absent from residential bathroom designs. Besides taking up extra space, there may be a few other significant reasons why they are forgotten. Compared to a toilet, both are used for the same purpose; however, urinals cannot fully flush. While many systems have a rinse feature, the level of cleansing may be much lower than within a toilet. Additionally, they are more of a challenge to clean with the constant presence of dried fluid throughout. Unlike the toilet, the surface of a urinal is consistently open-air, so the scent of urine can easily irritate passersby. Urinals also lack a lid, which would help contain germs and unappealing odors until the next big clean.

Despite its physical burdens, the cost of a urinal may also be unessential. According to Beehive Plumbing, typical ones can start around $600 and reach approximately $2,000 for something of higher quality. Although, you might save a little more on water (a gallon a day) by incorporating one. On the other hand, a urinal could be the ultimate bonus for the man of the house.