Qualified Remodeler Magazine

AUG 2018

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being remodeled] are going to be in the 60 by 30 inch or 60 by 32 inch alcoves, and our product for showering actually fits directly into that. Our product offering allows that remodeler to go in and replace that bathtub option with a showering option." Eric Moore, interior designer at the Kohler Design Center, makes a distinction between shower wants and needs for a master bath- room versus additional bathroom needs. "I am actually seeing my customers wanting both tubs and showers in their master bath- room spaces—they want the best of both worlds. Kohler can provide a simple solution to a full blown-out custom showering experi- ence, [and] we can do the same with bathing, whether it's a freestanding tub or a tub full of hydrotherapy options," he says. "In the show- er, we definitely see a lot of different sizes, but for the most part they are pretty standard in most spaces besides the master. Kohler offers shower receptors from 36 by 34 inches to 60 Showers have become a larger consideration in the design process, and for bathrooms not large enough to accommodate both a free- standing soaking tub and a shower, we are seeing more emphasis given to the shower as of late," says Mark Wolinsky, president of Wetstyle. "Wetstyle sees the shower as an exciting growth area. While we [already] have the DC and Glacier shower programs, we have additional shower products for the shower planned for 2019." Delta Faucet Company sees the trend of predominately bathtubs evolving, and the company ensures its shower product offer- ings fit common spaces and sizes left behind. "ere used to be a pretty lopsided percentage of people using bathtubs, but that percentage is changing and it's flattening out more toward a more even split between bathing and show- ering," says Landis Archer, product manager. "e great thing is a lot of those bathtubs that have been in place for a long time [in spaces which our Architec series is a nice solution, in light of increased apartment living; and those opting for expansive showers at the expense of a bathtub," he explains. "We have an answer to each preference and each application. For those looking for a luxurious focal point in a larger bathroom, our soaking tubs fit the bill, and for those who need an innovative, space-saving solution, our OpenSpace B show- ers speak to this trend directly." e OpenSpace B system features glass doors that can fold against a wall and are held in place with a magnetic handle strip, thus concealing tap fittings and the show- er hose. As for those seeking an expansive shower, Schroeder says the company's acrylic shower trays include extensive sizing—up to 70 7 /8 by 35 3 /8 inches—to provide the basis for a luxurious, walk-in shower space. "Freestanding soaking tubs continue to be of interest for those who appreciate bath- ing as the focal point of bathroom design. AMERICAN STANDARD provides a full complement of products with suites that can be used throughout a space. The Studio Suite (left) features bold, clean lines and includes shower bases, bathtubs, tub and shower walls, and more. Shower bases (above) come in a range of sizes. Circle 6 on inquiry card 72 August 2018 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com PRODUCT TRENDS: Shower Spaces

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