Qualified Remodeler Magazine

AUG 2018

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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by 60 inches. In the master, it may be a little more custom in size, so usually tile is used in these applications as well as custom glass." LIXIL's Nuzzolo echoes the idea of differ- ent shower enclosure products being sought for different bathroom spaces, but notes that American Standard sees this as an area of op- portunity. "In certain homes in the second bath [or] the kids' bath, there's been the tub combination with the plastic walls that have predominately been in the market; but over the past couple of years, there's been a wider offering of wall systems that provide textures and patterns that are very pleasing and ap- pealing products that I think allow you to get out of the second bath and into the master bathroom," he says. "You'll see more from us in that area that I think is truly different than on the innovation side, and from what you would see from competitors on what we would say traditionally are the plastic walls. We're excited for it because we think it's going to be a sizable opportunity and believe they're going to be appealing." Another opportunity Nuzzolo notes is the pairing of shower bases with wall systems instead of tile, thus saving on installation time as well as cutting down on some of the maintenance associated with tile and grout. CUSTOMIZE IT Along with the previously noted interest in expansive showers and showers paired with freestanding bathtubs, there is also a trend overall toward customization. While this manifests in shower spaces with things such as custom tiling throughout a shower, steam showers, digital showering platforms, bodys- prays and much more, a shower enclosure of- fers the foundation for such personalization. "Customization is certainly in demand in the bathroom, and the shower can be a top priority in this respect," Schroeder says. "For uniquely sized bathrooms, small spaces or those who want a walk-in, larger-than-life experience, custom sized trays and encasings are a great solution. On the Duravit side, we offer a wide variety of shower trays in various sizes and shapes with options for semi-recessed or built-in accommodate applications, adding a unique, personal touch to any bathroom. Wolinsky of Wetstyle notes the company's use of WETMAR BiO, its composite mate- rial used to fabricate all bathtubs, sinks and WETSTYLE's Glacier Collection (top and above) is an ADA-compliant zero-threshold shower receptor with an integrated hidden drain. The DC Collection (left) offers a low-threshold design, and the collection's Shampoo Holder (below) is a complement. Circle 7 on inquiry card 74 August 2018 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com PRODUCT TRENDS: Shower Spaces

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