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Kohler Bathroom Products – Custom Showers –

Kohler Bathroom Products – Custom Showers – Multiple Sprays, Lighting, Music & Control Technology

From our friends at Kohler and You Tube…Designer Erinn Valencich discusses the various options available for showers, including showerheads, body sprays and a personalized custom showering system.

Grohe RainShower SmartControl

Grohe RainShower SmartControl

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Faucet manufacturer Grohe has introduced the RainShower SmartControl unit with a double-button design that allows users to control all desired shower settings.

“The shower has evolved into one of the most indulgent moments of the day, and SmartControl elevates the everyday shower into a luxe experience that can be personalized for any user,” says Maha El Kharbotly, chief marketing officer for LIXIL Water Technology Americas, parent company of Grohe. “The system is in keeping with Grohe’s approach to leveraging innovation to dial up the design and functionality of today’s home environment.”

The unit uses a combined push-and-turn button to start the flow of water and control water volume, and a SafeStop button prevents users from inadvertently raising the water temperature to more than 100 degrees. A metal thermostat handle delivers preferred water temperature to the user within fractions of a second and keeps the temperature consistent for the duration of the shower, the company says.

For added convenience, the top of the control unit serves as a shelf for shampoo, shower gel, and other products. Made of safety glass, the tray can be detached for easy cleaning.

originally posted by By Nigel F. Maynard

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Drains in the Designer World?

Drains in the Designer World?

You Betcha, and Thank Goodness!!!  Time to forget those ugly old drains for sinks and showers.  Finally plumbing companies are starting to produce some designer influenced DRAINS. It may not sound important initially, but to us in the design world, the devil is in the details.

You automatically know when you are looking at a room that has been “done” by a Designer.  Everything has been lovingly paid attention to.  There are no items that just fill space or serve a purpose.  Well, there may have been until recently. Fortunately we have many more choices from manufacturers in the plumbing world.  Products are getting soooo much better, not only in design, but function as well.

California Faucets has their new Zero Drain. ZeroDrain® is the revolutionary new, patented sink drain from California Faucets.  In the open position, the stopper is level with sink, resulting in a superior  “zero clearance” design. ZeroDrain is virtually uncloggable and sits flush with the sink, resulting in a superior  “zero clearance” design.  ZeroDrain is easier to install and service compared to standard pop up drains which saves significant time and money.  It meets U.S./Canada plumbing codes and is IAPMO approved.  Like most of our products, ZeroDrain is available in 30+ artisan finishes.  ZeroDrain – the new standard in sink drains

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Imagine a shower floor unlike any you’ve seen before…sleek, clean, and graced by a drain so elegant it becomes a design focal point.  Or select a drain set with tile to exactly match the floor, creating a look so seamless it’s as if there’s no drain at all.

CeraLine is the winner of far more international design awards than any other channel drain, and there is a reason for it.  CeraLine is offered in three trim styles and six finishes, five of them PVD, the most durable finish in the world. CeraLine also features a patented adjustment system that ensures a level and flush installation every time.  No other channel drain offers all these features.

Cover plate trim styles include Metro with it’s graceful profile, and Edge,featuring a crisp line. There’s also Custom, which allows you to inlay matching tile or stone, creating the illusion of water magically disappearing into the shower floor.

These are just a couple of products from California
Faucets.  You can view more at their website http://www.calfaucets.com/

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Bathroom Remodeling Costs

Bathroom Remodeling Costs

From Consumer reports.org. Published: March 2012

Given the complexity of bathrooms—multiple components in a compact space, not to mention all that water—doing the project right is a challenge. On a cost-per-square-foot basis, bathroom remodeling costs are one of the most expensive spaces to remodel. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. That’s where Consumer Reports’ Bathroom Remodeling Guide comes in. Our product testers have spent months rating the latest toilets, sinks, countertops, and other bathroom essentials to separate the winners from the also-rans. We’ve also interviewed designers, contractors, and real estate pros nationwide to find out what to include—and what to skip—on your bathroom-remodel wish list.

What it will cost and how to budget

How much should you spend on your master bathroom? A rule of thumb is that the total project—including materials and installation—should cost no more than 5 to 10 percent of your home’s value. The National Kitchen & Bath Association(NKBA) puts the national average at about $16,000. Another guide is Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value report, which compares the average cost of various renovation projects with the value they retain at resale. In 2011-2012, mid-range bathroom remodels cost an average of $16,552 and recouped 62 percent, while upscale bathroom remodels cost an average of $52,249 and recouped 56 percent. Here’s how the NKBA breaks down the budget for a typical bathroom remodel:

Labor: 20 percent
Cabinetry and hardware: 16 percent
Fixtures: 15 percent
Faucets and plumbing: 14 percent
Countertop: 7 percent
Floor: 9 percent
Doors and windows: 4 percent
Walls and ceiling: 5 percent
Lighting and ventilation: 5 percent
Design fees: 4 percent
Other: 1 percent

Five small details that make a big difference

These details aren’t necessarily cheap, but if there’s room in your budget, they can help turn a good master bathroom remodel into a great one.

1. Radiant flooring. This heating system will not only keep your floors warm underfoot on cold mornings, it will accelerate drying, reducing the risk of slips and falls.

2. Stain-resistant grout. Though it costs more than traditional grout, stain-resistant formulas cut down on tedious cleaning. Thinner, darker grout lines can also help.

3. Skylights. Natural light is desirable in any room, but for bathrooms located deep within a home, windows may not be an option. A skylight is an excellent way to flood a room with sunlight, assuming it’s on the top floor of your home.

4. Heated shower mirror. A fog-free mirror makes it easy to shave or remove make-up in the shower. That’s particularly helpful in master bathrooms with a single vanity.

5. Framed mirrors. Besides the fact that wall-to-wall mirrors have become passé, framed mirrors present a design opportunity. Match the profile of the mirror frame with the moldings for a coordinated look, or choose something very different to create a focal point.

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Toto Washlet

Toto Washlet

More fun to watch with Toto washlet.  It’s always more interesting to watch videos from Toto, so have at it…you know what to do, just click the arrow!

 

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Shower Doors

Shower Doors

It seems like every manufacturer calls their doors different names, but they are

either Framed or Frameless, depending upon rather slight variations.  You must make sure you see the exact picture and understand the description of exactly what your door will look like.

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Framed Shower Door

Framed Shower Doors generally means there is a metal frame all the way around the glass.  This is usually the least expensive way to go.  The glass is therefore thinner having the support of the metal.  The glass can be any style, clear, frosted, sanblasted etc.  In some, you can even have your choice of handles.  You can almost always have your choice of metal colors. The issue that makes this framed and frameless choice fuzzy is that some companies offer doors that have just a metal header and refer to them as semi-frameless.

Frameless Shower Doors by definition do not have any metal surrounding the glass.  They do have metal hinges of course to keep them in place and swing the door.  The glass should be a heavier weight so they can support themselves properly.  You can usually select different types of handles and types of glass styles.  These doors have a much higher price point than framed doors.

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Frameless Shower Door

Make sure you review and understand exactly what you’re getting when it comes to shower doors.  These days, there are a great many choices.

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Showers – Latest and Greatest!

Showers – Latest and Greatest

Toto has another great product that you don’t want to miss if you are considering a Bathroom Remodeling project.  All you have to do is watch their terrific video…

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Kitchen Lighting

Kitchen Lighting

Hubbardton Forge Lighting, New Bern Kitchen Design
Hubbardton Forge Lighting

Kitchen Lighting is mostly functional.  But when you can add just a couple of outstanding featured lighting pieces, it can transform even a simple design to a new level. Hubbardton Forge has always been one of our favorite lighting companies.  They combine art and craftsmanship with quality and function. Today we feature just one of their latest creations, but we highly encourage you to take a look at their entire website to see lighting fixtures that are handmade works of art.

Their website at Hubbardton Forge, describes the latest offering as shown here as : Vermont artisans Rich Arentzen and Tove Ohlander of AO Glass Works have created glass art for over 20 years, honing their craft from many masters and workers all over the world. It is their clear passion for the craft of blowing glass by hand and telling their story in their work that makes them an ideal partner for Hubbardton Forge.

 

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Ceramic Tile from Imola

Enjoy Beautiful Ceramic Tile From Imola

Beautiful new product offered by one of our favorite vendors “Conestoga Tile”.  Here’s what Imola has to say about their fabulous ceramic tile. If Conestoga Tile if in your area, make sure you check them out, if not, they are available on the internet.!

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Imola Ceramic Tile

Ceramic products have been standard fixtures in kitchens for generations, but until recently, it was used mostly for cookware and maybe a fixture or two. It has come a long way since then, and Imola ceramic tile has begun making its way into kitchen and bathroom designs around the world.

Imola ceramic tile
Source: Imolaceramica.com

Imola tiles are designed to stand up to high traffic, moisture, and whatever you can throw at them. They are as durable as they are beautiful and come in so many varieties and styles that matching them to your decor is not difficult at all.

While all of these factors are appealing, what is truly remarkable about Imola’s products is the use of color and ingredients that are baked into the finished product. The result is a modern ceramic tile that is simply seductive and will bring a richness into the room that is unmatched by any competing product.

Imola ceramic tile is among the best in the world and that is why we recommend it to our customers. We invite you to contact us at Conestoga Tile to learn more about this product and the ways it can be included into your design plans.

 

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