When I study U.S. bathroom design trends, I see three distinctly different types of bathrooms. These include:
Adults have discovered a great antidote to their overwhelming life outside the home and an over-scheduled life inside the home: a luxurious "mini-apartment" just for themselves.
The adult retreat starts at the door of the bedroom, not the door to the bath.
Within this master retreat, along with the sleeping zone, floor space is devoted to new activities not formally associated with the master bedroom/bath.
The heart of a master bath retreat, the shower enclosure and bathing pool are essential to this space.
A key element in these new spaces is what Kohler Company aptly calls "performance showering" and "experience bathing."
Leading plumbing fixture manufacturers identified the consumer’s interest - and willingness to invest in – water experiences some time ago. They then focused technological innovation and creative thinking toward expanding their product offerings to include customized environments that take cleansing and relaxation to a new level.
Showering today can include everything from a hydromassage to an experience reminiscent of walking through a gentle spring rain. Bathing has dramatically expanded beyond the pulsating, hard-hitting jets of early hydromassage systems. Kohler Co. describes bathing choices as:
BATH/SHOWER 'TO DO LIST'
All of these new choices require a new or expanded set of skills on the designer’s part. To successfully design baths that create the client's dream shower/bathing experience, here's your to do list:
- 1. Expand your survey, asking questions about the client’s preferred bathing and showering experience. You need to know what the client is interested in before you plan the space!
- 2. Study the products offered: Select one manufacturer and learn its showering products and systems. Join forces with your plumber to learn about significant installation requirements of special shower areas.