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TRENDS
"It's funny to think that style would be something that is considered
in universal design, but that is a big component of it," said Gilbert, who
added that many of these products are designed to look institutional. To
get around that, Moen has designed grab bars to coordinate with other
elements in the bathroom.
"Everything blends together and becomes more harmonious so that
the products don't tend to stand out and the design is a bit more high
style," added Gilbert. "That really goes a long way to reduce the stigma."
Another trend manufacturers are incorporating into their design is
universal design that "disappears" and looks fluid in the existing space,
according to Nate Jensen, national dealer sales manager with Best Bath
Systems. "Many features would not be interpreted as accessible friendly,
but rather as high-end features, design enhancers or common-sense
additions," he added.
One such example is Best Bath's own barrier-free Designer Series shower,
which is designed with low or zero threshold entry.
"Our Lifetime Shower System is a semi-permanent threshold that can
be used on many of our barrier-free shower systems," said Jensen."Should
an accessibility need arise in the future, this threshold can be removed, a
weighted shower curtain can be hung, and the space is ready for use. If
the occupant moves, the threshold can be replaced and doors re-hung."

(Top) Wet rooms by Innovate Building Solutions eliminate the need
for an enclosed showering space, and their lack of barriers makes
them accessible for wheelchair-bound homeowners to get in and
out easily. They can be included in tight spaces and can offer a
spa-like experience, as long as a portion of the walls and entire floor
are waterproofed. Circle No. 234 or visit kbbonline.com/freeinfo
(Bottom left) Designer Series single- or multi-piece showers from
Best Bath Systems can be specified in a traditional curbed model
or with a range of features for barrier-free or ADA- and ANSI-compliant installation. The showers feature recessed panels in the walls
for jobsite installation of tile, and because the recesses are within
the shower wall, the possibility of leaks is eliminated. The showers
are available in a range of configurations, styles and colors. Circle
No. 235 or visit kbbonline.com/freeinfo
(Bottom right) Aquatic offers single threshold, watertight shower
pans in two sizes to fit into any shower space. They are contemporary in design, can work with a mixture of materials and feature a
slip-resistant bottom. The pans - one a roll-in pan with a wide opening and a low threshold and one a transfer pan - are built to ADA/
ANSI standards. Circle No. 236 or visit kbbonline.com/freeinfo

Shower vs. Bath
"As the population ages and more and more families are living with
older relatives, the reality is virtually everyone will need to think about
accessible products in their lifetime," said Katrina Aure, marketing manager with Aquatic. "Whether or not people are remodeling for the sake of
creating a universal design home, the elements are ever-present in their
design decisions."
While people are not necessarily phasing out their tubs, Aure said
there is a preference for folks to install showers over tubs. "People are
busy and don't have a lot of time to indulge in a long time bathing," she
added. "The shower is more of a prominent element in the bathroom."
To complement zero-entry showers, shower pans are cropping up,
which prevent the water from leaking out.
"A pan is a way for people to ensure easy, clean, safe water barriers
on the floor to allow them to design the shower space to their liking,"
said Aure.
Wet rooms - showers that are not enclosed and are flush to the floor -
meet consumer demand for a barrier-free shower entrance.
"We're used to shower enclosures, but a wet room can be done in
a small space," said Mike Foti, president of Innovate Building Solutions.
"That's not to say people don't want that space enclosed - most do - but
this gives you the ability to do zero threshold."
But not everyone prefers a shower. For those who love to luxuriate
in bathtubs but are concerned about safety, walk-in tubs are gaining
momentum, even among those who are still able-bodied. For example,
Easy Tubs makes a fast-draining, walk-in bath with a seated shower, in
keeping with the trend of people seeking wider doorways to accommodate wheelchairs or walkers.
"Homeowners can fully customize the tubs to fit seamlessly with their
current décor, so the tubs look beautiful but are extremely functional and
make bathing accessible to all," said Hilary Dunn, president, Easy Tubs
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KBB - November/December 2014
Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
People & Places
All Abroad
Universal Design
Business Practice
PRODUCT INNOVATOR AWARDS
KBIS Countdown to Design & Construction Week
Trends
Products What’s hot
Change is Good
Cover Story
Self-Storage
KBB - November/December 2014 - Intro
KBB - November/December 2014 - KBB - November/December 2014
KBB - November/December 2014 - Cover2
KBB - November/December 2014 - 1
KBB - November/December 2014 - 2
KBB - November/December 2014 - 3
KBB - November/December 2014 - Contents
KBB - November/December 2014 - 5
KBB - November/December 2014 - Online Contents
KBB - November/December 2014 - 7
KBB - November/December 2014 - Editor’s Note
KBB - November/December 2014 - 9
KBB - November/December 2014 - Show Director’s Note
KBB - November/December 2014 - 11
KBB - November/December 2014 - People & Places
KBB - November/December 2014 - 13
KBB - November/December 2014 - 14
KBB - November/December 2014 - 15
KBB - November/December 2014 - All Abroad
KBB - November/December 2014 - 17
KBB - November/December 2014 - 18
KBB - November/December 2014 - 19
KBB - November/December 2014 - Universal Design
KBB - November/December 2014 - 21
KBB - November/December 2014 - 22
KBB - November/December 2014 - 23
KBB - November/December 2014 - Business Practice
KBB - November/December 2014 - 25
KBB - November/December 2014 - 26
KBB - November/December 2014 - PRODUCT INNOVATOR AWARDS
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KBB - November/December 2014 - KBIS Countdown to Design & Construction Week
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KBB - November/December 2014 - Trends
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KBB - November/December 2014 - Products What’s hot
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KBB - November/December 2014 - Cover Story
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KBB - November/December 2014 - Self-Storage
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