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BEFORE AND AFTER Aging with Grace in a Beautiful Bathroom Space Thoughtless addition is given a dose of form, function and fluidity The non-slip, radiant-heated tile on the floors and in the shower area is textured porcelain made to look like wood. It is creatively placed in different directions to indicate movement from one area to the next. A previous master bathroom addition completed in the 80s was poorly executed with irregular ceiling heights, dated fixtures and a lack of heat vents. Accelerating leaks in the shower and tub areas - which were rendering the space unusable - were the last straw for the homeowners, who wanted a warmer, cozier, more luxurious space with ample storage. "The previous design was like a hodge-podge - nothing matched, and there was no rhythm," said Marlene Wangenheim, AKBD, CAPS, Allied ASID, owner of Interiors By Design in Morristown, N.J. "In the original layout, nothing in terms of interior space function and accessibility was taken into consideration." Another goal on the homeowners' list was to renovate the space to accommodate their aging lifestyle so they could remain in the home as long as they wished. "They didn't want to the space to be designed as universal; rather they wanted to be able to age in place comfortably for years to come," said Wangenheim, who is also a designer for Tewksbury Kitchens & Baths in Watchung, N.J. "Various areas in the master bath were designed to be accessible by a cane, walker or even a wheelchair if that is ever necessary in the future." Improvements and Goals Achieved A sound system in the new ceiling is usable throughout the entire space - even while showering. 22 + K BB The space was divided into a main bath area, toilet/bidet room and ladies' dressing room, and aisle widths were expanded to 36 inches. * Conquering Irregular Ceiling Heights. According to the designer, the challenges began with existing irregular ceiling heights, angling and pitching with little thought toward heating or efficient lighting of the space. Her solution was to add ceiling rafters below the existing rafters, creating a symmetrical tray ceiling with a maximum height of 10 feet. Coffered beams were also added to quiet noise and accommodate additional HVAC vents. * Tub Triumph. The unused, huge, black Jacuzzi tub under the bay window in the main bath area contained too much useless decking. Wangenheim replaced the unit with an air-jet tub with functional decking that includes a custom pull-down hamper on one side and a warming drawer for towels on the other. The tub was located on the opposite side of the space and placed on an inside wall. A cushioned seating area next to the tub allows the clients to comfortably swing their legs into it from a seated position. * Shower Success. An old, cracked shower wall was replaced with a curbless, doorless shower area that can accommodate two people and/or a wheelchair. It comes complete with a linear drain system and two sets of on/off valves - one at the shower entrance to use before getting in and another to operate once inside. The shower features a May/June 2015 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of KBIS www.kbis.com http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - May/June 2015

Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
People & Places
Industry Viewpoint
Better Business
Universal Design
Sustainable Design
Before & After
Tech Savvy
Trends
Balanced Budget
New Products
Design Features
Daring Renovation
Bold & Beautiful
Triple Play
Learning Corner
Last Word
KBB - May/June 2015 - Intro
KBB - May/June 2015 - Cover1
KBB - May/June 2015 - Cover2
KBB - May/June 2015 - 1
KBB - May/June 2015 - 2
KBB - May/June 2015 - 3
KBB - May/June 2015 - 4
KBB - May/June 2015 - Online Contents
KBB - May/June 2015 - Editor’s Note
KBB - May/June 2015 - 7
KBB - May/June 2015 - Show Director’s Note
KBB - May/June 2015 - 9
KBB - May/June 2015 - People & Places
KBB - May/June 2015 - 11
KBB - May/June 2015 - Industry Viewpoint
KBB - May/June 2015 - 13
KBB - May/June 2015 - Better Business
KBB - May/June 2015 - 15
KBB - May/June 2015 - Universal Design
KBB - May/June 2015 - 17
KBB - May/June 2015 - Sustainable Design
KBB - May/June 2015 - 19
KBB - May/June 2015 - 20
KBB - May/June 2015 - 21
KBB - May/June 2015 - Before & After
KBB - May/June 2015 - 23
KBB - May/June 2015 - Tech Savvy
KBB - May/June 2015 - 25
KBB - May/June 2015 - Trends
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KBB - May/June 2015 - 28
KBB - May/June 2015 - 29
KBB - May/June 2015 - Balanced Budget
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KBB - May/June 2015 - New Products
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KBB - May/June 2015 - Bold & Beautiful
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KBB - May/June 2015 - Triple Play
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KBB - May/June 2015 - Learning Corner
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KBB - May/June 2015 - Last Word
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