A short history of the bathroom: from outside shack to treasured retreat. While the basic functions are in place and intact, the bathroom has evolved to include a variety of luxury features and spa-like amenities that can be added to most remodeling projects.
As in the kitchen (the other “hot button” room of any house), design professionals and product manufacturers have focused their efforts on the bathroom with an increasing variety of styles, finishes, and features. Consider these current bath trends:
Shower Power: Forget about a single showerhead hung from the wall. Today’s showers offer multiple, adjustable heads on every wall and from above, with wall-mounted control pads to set and manipulate spray patterns, intensity, and temperature. Some heads, called shower tiles, are set flush to the wall or ceiling to provide a gentle spray, while handheld shower wands allow users the ultimate in water control.
Tub Time: Bathtubs are not only getting longer and deeper, and with requisite whirlpool jets, but also can include mood lighting and spillover troughs to create a more relaxing experience. Called “chromatherapy” by one plumbing manufacturer, these tubs feature underwater LED lights that gently change color across a wide spectrum of soft pastels; effervescent bubbling action from multiple underwater ports enhances the soothing effect. Meanwhile, overflow tubs enable a deeper soaking experience without the worry of making a mess.
Personal Service: As people remodel their homes, the master bathroom has become a destination. As such, it needs additional conveniences, including a place to prepare snacks and refreshments. Often called “morning kitchens,” these mini-service areas offer built-in coffee and espresso makers, compact refrigerators, bar skinks and microwave ovens.
Universal Access: Whether to accommodate a temporary injury, a chronic disability, or an elderly relative or guest, the concept of universal or accessible design can be easily and affordably achieved in any bathroom remodel without sacrificing style, luxury, or resale value. Multiple-height vanities, lever-handled faucets, D-shaped cabinet pulls, and zero-threshold showers with built-in seating and handheld heads are just a few design and product ideas that support universal design and are easily accommodated in a bathroom remodel or addition. Elite is proud to have won the Home Builder Association’s Vesta Award for Accessible Bathrooms in 2007 & 2008. Elite was also designated the HBA Aging in Place (Universal Design) Specialist for 2007.
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