I'm back from sunny Florida and KBIS2018 and have the very latest products for kitchens and baths to share with you, these from Grohe, American Standard, and DXV.
I do a lot of bathroom remodels and I have to say, I know some of the issues people have with plumbing fixtures.
This year, these manufacturers came out with some beautiful new products that ingeniously take care of those problems. As a designer of many bathrooms and kitchens, I can tell you that I am so happy to see these solutions on the market.
Grohe SmartControl Debuts
Check this out. Any idea what this is?
Maybe you don't know because you've never seen anything like this before, right? Neither had I.
It's a shower valve with all kinds of shower functions controlled by small buttons, right there in one place! This is Grohe's GrohTherm SmartControl shower trims that offer an intuitive shower experience and a clean new style.
A shower wall with several controls normally looks kinda like this.
People love their big showers these days with lots of showering options, like rain showers, body sprays, hand-helds, etc. That is usually top priority when we design a new bathroom for a client.
To have it all controlled in a beautiful, sleek style that doesn't require multiple valves spread out all over the shower wall (interrupting my beautiful tile layouts) makes me very happy!
The intuitive nature of the operation and easy-to-use controls will make my clients very happy!
Here's more about the box BEHIND the wall in this video.
Next up is American Standard's intros.
They've got some fabulous new showerheads that only require a touch to change the function.
Have you ever stood in the shower and tried to get your husband's shower setting of "pulsing massage" to turn to just a regular shower?
Especially when he used his superior strength to turn that little valve really tight? And since he's taller than you and he demanded the shower head be located high up on the wall and basically almost out of reach for anyone else :-(, it is particularly precarious and inconvenient!
Most times, I just leave it the way it is and shower with his setting, which is never what I want.
American Standard has fixed that with a touch!
The Spectra+Touch showerhead changes spray patterns with a simple touch on the outside ring of the showerhead, making it easy to customize the shower experience, even with wet hands. There are several showerhead options in this line.
There are several showerhead options in this line.
And here's something great for those people with significant height differences using the same shower. The Spectra+ eTouch showerhead is a remote control that can be conveniently located anywhere on the wall.
This would be great for children's bathrooms where varying height kids may be showering. It also works well for people that may have difficulty reaching the showerhead due to age or mobility. Both showerhead and remote are powered by easily accessible batteries in the units.
The shorter people in our group loved this idea. :-)
Here's one more showerhead intro, the Spectra+ Duo model combines a 9 ½-inch fixed showerhead and 5-inch multi-function hand shower all in one sleek fixture. No need for a bar or second fitting up there on the wall. It magnetically snaps into place on the showerhead.
This is great for retrofitting, if a homeowner wants to add a hand-held to their shower. It can be done with this showerhead, without cutting into the tile.
See these showerheads in action by checking out the video HERE.
DXV's new intros had me so excited!
Do you know how many times I've wanted to have a tub like this to spec on a job?
Do you know why? Because we are typically trying to squeeze every beautiful inch of floor space into a bathroom. Aside from the fact that I just love wall mount tub fillers anyway and want to use them like I did in this job and this one, sometimes they can be a problem with not reaching over far enough into a tub.
Having a 3 sided tub, so that you can snugly install a free-standing tub against the wall is a great idea and one I will be using in a bathroom remodel soon!
Here's another new tub from DXV that even I, (a non-tub person) would get into.
Why? Because the water comes over your shoulders while sitting in the tub, instead of just bubbling or jetting all around you. And it has a comfy headrest to lay back and enjoy that water hitting your shoulders.
Who doesn't need a shoulder massage at the end of the day?
The Modulus Collection by DXV highlights a minimalist, urban design with maximum flexibility. It brings high design to any project, including master bathrooms and powder rooms where space may be at a premium.
I love the 1/8" thick (very thin) escutcheon plate on the shower fixtures. The thermostatic valves fit neatly on the single plate and have such a clean, simple look.
I found one of the American Standard showerheads online to buy now, linked below. With these links, if you purchase through them I receive a small percentage, at no additional cost to you. It is much appreciated and helps keep my blog running. Thank you. :-)
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