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The Best Bathroom Design Trends for 2015

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Mar 17, 2015

The newest and best design trends coming in 2015 were recently debuted at the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). For over 50 years, KBIS has showcased the latest industry products, trends and technologies. We’ve picked some of our favorite products from this year’s show for you to consider for your bathroom.

KBIS Picks for the Top Bath Products of 2015

The KBIS organizers select a series of the "best" products at the show as standards in the industry for the coming year. Winners were selected based on functionality, quality & durability, flexibility, aesthetics & style, and innovation.

  • Best of Baths (Gold Medal): Inspired by men’s tailoring patterns, Walker Zanger presents their Sterling Row designs for the bathroom. The wood-finish ceramic comes in eight different designs including Houndstooth, Oxford and Tuxedo. With black, white and grey tones, create a sleek and masculine finish that can be utilized on floors or walls.
  • Best of Baths (Silver Medal): Sleek lines, industrial details, and streamlined details combine in this Michael Berman Graceline C-Spout Widespread Lavatory Faucet from ROHL. Thumb notches are featured on the dial or lever shaped handles and the faucet curves gracefully and adds a touch of elegance to your bathroom.
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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

Soaker Tub Style Options For Your Luxury Bath

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Feb 17, 2015

It’s not merely a blast from the past- soaker tubs are coming back into style. They create a luxurious experience that has a design to fit every style from traditional to the most modern. If your dream is to incorporate a soaker tub into your bathroom redesign, you can find the one that’s just right for you here.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

Project Spotlight: Contemporary Universal Bath

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Feb 3, 2015

Watching how her husband, who had been wheel-chair bound, consistently have difficulty using their master bathroom left this homeowner thinking about her own future needs. Instead of continuing to deal with the space as it was, she made the choice to upgrade it to fit her style, and to work for her long-term needs. The result is a spectacularly crisp and modern universally-designed bathroom. This bath is a NARI Local Contractor of the Year 2015 Winner in the Universal Design Category.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Bathrooms, Universal Design

6 Hot New Products for Master Baths

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Oct 28, 2014

Bath designers are always excited when new products are introduced to the market. This year, we are amazed by the beauty, durability and functionality of glass, wood patterned porcelain tile, frameless cabinets and engineered stone quartz products. Other hot new products for master baths include eco-friendly toilets and steam showers.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers

Awesome Design Ideas for Walk-in Showers Without Doors

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Aug 19, 2014

Homeowners are discovering the convenience, comfort, beauty and easy maintenance of walk-in showers without doors. It’s no wonder that walk-in showers are now one of the hottest trends in bathroom remodeling. In this article you’ll find out why.

When designing a walk-in shower without a door, there are many things to consider. First and foremost are the needs, tastes and budget of the homeowners. Second is the space that you have to work with. Then there are drainage, water containment, mechanicals, fixtures, wall and floor tile, and ventilation.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers

Walk-in Shower Design Ideas [Free Guide]

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Jun 10, 2014

One of the hottest trends in bathroom remodeling is a walk-in shower. Walk-in showers are a great option because they can be designed for almost any bathroom (the minimum space requirement is 36-by-36 inches) and customized for style and use. Walk-in showers can be built into a corner or integrated with a tub. They can have doors but also be fashioned without a door. A walk-in shower can be equipped with a variety of accessories to create a custom spa experience or meet the special needs of users.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers

Project Spotlight: A Stylish Master Bath with Universal Design Features

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Jun 3, 2014

In the home remodeling business we strive to create beautiful, functional and safe interior environments. This is especially true of bathroom remodeling projects. Bathrooms are often small spaces with many details. Most homeowners want to add amenities or expand the size of the room, especially if the room is a master bathroom.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Aging-in-Place, Universal Design

Universal Design: A Hot Trend in Bathroom Remodeling

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Mar 25, 2014

Universal Design features are subtle and stylish but have a purpose. The concept has been promoted to make homes more livable for a lifetime of use. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, 60 percent of designers surveyed for its 2014 Design Trends Survey say they are including Universal Design features in their bathroom projects.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Aging-in-Place, Universal Design, National Kitchen and Bath Association