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Additions Boundless Bathing Outdoor spas are taking relaxation to new heights Being outside brings a sense of liberation. Breathing in fresh air, feeling the warmth of the sun on our skin and hearing the gentle swoosh of leaves blowing in the breeze connects us to nature. It has a way of calming the mind and soothing the senses that few other things can replicate. Today’s homeowners are taking advantage of the invigorating outdoors in increasing numbers. Residential architects report a sharp rise in requests for outdoor living spaces. Outdoor kitchens have become commonplace, especially in regions where mild weather allows yearround enjoyment. But the outdoor At-home outdoor spa retreats now include shower systems, soaking tubs and underwater home gyms in addition to spa retreat is another growing trend hot tubs such as those from Dimension One Spas (above). The company has studied human anatomy, ergonomics, fluid mechanics, aquatic massage, acupressure and reflexology to provide a complete hydrotherapeutic package. that’s taking relaxation to its most decadent lengths. In today’s questionable economy, homeowners seem more willstand up to the elements and radiant floor heating built into decks ing to spend their recreational dollars at home. Rather than taking and patios allow homeowners nationwide to create relaxing outspa getaways, they’re turning their backyards into magical places door bathing areas. they can enjoy privately. Outdoor baths create a unique and intiDuravit USA recently introduced Sundeck, a bathtub for indoor mate bathing experience in a non-traditional setting. and outdoor applications. “We’ve found that both markets with BACKYARD RETREAT More than a hot tub and swimming pool, the amenities now offered range from shower systems and soaking tubs to underwater home gyms and pools that feel more like ponds. Extras like ambient music and mood lighting make these outdoor spaces feel even more like vacation retreats. “The goal is to create an oasis in one’s backyard,” said Larry Brodey, president and CEO of JACLO, which has recently introduced a line of sleek outdoor showers. “We wanted to create something that would complement minimalist pools and landscapes while adding a splash of refreshment.” For design consultant Edwin Martens, Jr., from Austin, TX, many of his projects include outdoor bathing areas. “I’ve recently completed a Zen garden shower for one client, as well as a natural rock and foliage tub, pond and pool area for another. I’m now planning a more rustic-style shower for a small ranch outside of Austin,” he said. Like outdoor kitchens, outdoor spas are particularly popular in warmer climates. But technological advances such as products that warm climates and urban markets are attracted to this trend,” said president Timothy Schroeder. “In warmer climates, outdoor tubs are an alternative to traditional hot tubs. In urban markets, they’re sought after by those looking to create an outdoor spa experience while keeping abreast of the latest innovations in design.” ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERIENCE When designing outdoor baths, keep in mind that the environment itself plays a major role in creating not just a space, but also an experience. Schroeder reminds us that “flooring choices, materials and finishes, floral surroundings, trees and the view itself should always be considered when creating what we at Duravit call ‘living bathrooms.’” As for privacy, Martens says the needs of the clients are the determining factors. “Some want it all in the open, others prefer more seclusion. For them, year-round plantings and foliage can be a great solution. The concept must really fit the architecture and style,” he said. “And be sure to always take into account the practical aspects regarding proper construction and zoning issues.” s —Holly Berecz 64 + K BB December 2008 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of K/BIS www.kbis.com http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of K+BB - December 2008

K+BB - December 2008
Contents
Online Contents
Online News
Editorial
Dates
Focus
Trends
Product Innovator Awards
Products
Options
Profile
Abroad
Design
Linear Thinking
Miami Heat
Green
Access
Additions
Practice
Editorial Index
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K+BB - December 2008

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