Qualified Remodeler Magazine

AUG 2018

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very beginning," he adds. "Often these pieces are treated as an afterthought in a standard bathroom and, as a result, the size available for them to fit into becomes compromised." Another piece that should not be an af- terthought is whether a shower space should be universally designed. Duravit's Starck Slimline shower trays provide ample space, Schroeder says, and a reduced rim height of ¾ inch for ease of entry. Moore notes that Sterling offers tub/shower and shower mod- ules that are ADA-compliant and can include factory-installed grab bars. LIXIL's Nuzzolo adds the trend he sees is the continued low- ering of thresholds for shower bases. "As the baby boomer generation continues to age, products designed for aging-in-place will grow in interest," Wolinsky says. "Today, Wetstyle offers a zero-threshold, ADA- compliant shower collection called Glacier. Our Glacier shower tray is 60 by 36 inch- es with the linear drain on the 60-inch side well-suited for this need. [Additionally] our new ADA-compliant, foldable wall-mounted shower bench is well suited for those looking for design, comfort and accessibility solutions for the bath." | be one that many consumers default to," he says. "However, Kohler is always going to pro- vide color options for our products. We have been known for our bold designs and colors for decades and pride ourselves on being able to integrate color in a seamless and beautiful way. e neutral palette is still popular with our clients—almond, biscuit, dune, ice grey and sandbar. As for the shower walls, I see a lot more customers going toward natural and textured patterns." Kohler's Choreograph shower wall and accessory collection offers shower walls in a range of colors, patterns and textures that can be customized with storage solutions as well as seating. e Choreograph shower planner gives users the ability to design and play with the shower walls, which can then help clients envision a space. Moore also recommends the Pro Toolbox on Kohler's website as a resource of tools and support for remodelers. Similarly, Duravit produces a pro section of its website as an aid. "Our pro.duravit.us website is designed for specifiers and install- ers, and offers detailed information to get a project off the ground and brought to fruition. Here, specs and installation instructions are available, and each piece of material outlines exactly what can be paired with which collection," Schroeder says. "Architects and designers can select according to size, shape and even style to ensure the tub/shower/tray will work within the allotted space. "e Architec shower tray, for example, is an excellent retrofit solution, as it is the same size as a standard 5-foot tub. e most important thing to consid- er is the space requirement. And rather than using 'remaining space' for the shower tray or tub, factor these items in from the shower trays, adds a differentiator. e ma- terial is a GreenGood design award winner, and it can be repaired if damaged on a jobsite before or after installation. Because its tub walls and shower trays are often 2- to 3-inches of solid material, Wetstyle's products will feel solid and will not flex or bend. "Customization becomes a factor when the project must work with nonstandard sizes, or when physical obstructions that are too expensive to remove must be addressed," he says. "Wetstyle addresses this by offering a very broad range of sizes and configurations to meet almost all installation scenarios. Wetstyle presently offers custom cuts, cus- tom sizes, custom hole drilling and [will add] custom color options in 2019 to help address additional market needs." While size and shape of shower enclosures is likely a fairly obvious place for customiza- tion, Kohler Design Center's Moore points to color and texture as other ways he is seeing personality come into the shower space. "I feel like white will always be a very popular color [for shower enclosures], both now and in the future. It is a safe option and tends to The BESTBATH 30x30 Small Space Remodel Shower features a simulated subway tile pattern and 90-degree corners. In addition to an integral full wood backing for strength, it includes the company's SpringClip technology, which simplifies the installation process and ensures tight corners won't leak. Circle 8 on inquiry card Available only at The Home Depot, the UPstile Bathtub Wall Set from DELTA FAUCET offers an alternative to a fully tiled shower wall with built-in space for selecting and incorporating any tile in a section. . Circle 9 on inquiry card QualifiedRemodeler.com QR August 2018 75

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