Qualified Remodeler Magazine

AUG 2013

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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CORPOR ATE NOTES Three Budgets, Three Smart Shower Updates Whether your client is looking to fix up or luxe up the shoWer, these three remodel solutions offer easy Ways to refresh the bath. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association's 2013 Kitchen and Bath Style Report, the average bath project costs $18,538. And as the homeowner demand for shower customization continues to grow, remodeling contractors and designers are giving extra attention to this part of the bathing space. Creating a serene, spa-like experience doesn't mean breaking the bank; here are three smart shower updates on three different budgets for your clients to consider. • TheFastFix:InstallaNewShowerhead For the client on a tight budget, suggest a showerhead swap. "It's amazing how something so simple as a new showerhead can completely transform the bathing experience and how we start and end our day," says Master plumber and contractor Ed Del Grande. "If I'm working on a project or repair in a client's bath and I spot an old showerhead, that's an opportunity for an easy, affordable up-sell that my client will appreciate." At the 2013 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, Kohler Co. launched the Awaken showerhead collection, which offers a premium bathing experience at a very affordable price; showerheads start at $34 and handshowers start at $45. "At that price I can easily afford to keep a small stock on hand install when the opportunity presents itself." • LuxeforLess:Upgradewitha ShowerColumn Often shower upgrades leave clients dreading the hassle and expense of accessing plumbing behind the wall. Now, in approximately an hour, a contractor can transform a standard shower into an at-home spa with the KOHLER HydroRail Shower Column. "It works off of existing valving and plumbing, and the collection is easily customizable to meet the client's preferences and aesthetic," Del Grande says. The HydroRail collection starts at $350 and is available in three configurations: the HydroRail-R, a rainhead and handshower; the HydroRail-S, a showerhead and handshower; and the HydroRail-H, a handshower-only shower column. • GoDigital:ModernizewithaDigital ShoweringSystem Nearly everything today is available at the push of a button—including the shower. For the high-tech homeowner who's looking for customization and water conservation, the KOHLER DTV Prompt Digital Showering System ( starting at $1,031) is ideal, especially for remodeling projects. The digital interface controls up to two outlets and is easy to use; the water temperature can be pre-programmed to the user's preference, as well. Watersaving settings, including warm up and pause, pause, and countdown are quickly configured to make smart use of water and shower time. "What really sold me on this was the ease of installation," Del Grande says. "The valve fits in a standard 2"x4" wall cavity but can also be installed remotely to minimize disruption in an existing bathroom." For more information circle 45 For more information on these products and other showering solutions, visit KOHLER.com

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