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AUG 2017

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What's Old Is What's New! Discover the RusƟc Finish CollecƟons by Sagehill Designs. Toby CollecƟon www.sagehilldesigns.com Neeson CollecƟon Circle No. 22 on Product Card Circle No. 21 on Product Card communities, and increasingly from homeown- ers. "Everywhere you go, people continuously talk about their well-being – from nutrition [and] the water they drink and bathe in, to the air they breathe. The key components of our company are: air, water, aromatherapy, paint and lighting." News accounts like the water toxicity in Flint and air-fouling gas leak in a wealthy Los Angeles sub- urb are moving these concerns up the priority list for homeowners across the country. Then there's the concern about accom- modating the wellness needs of the massive baby boomer generation advancing into their retirement years. Anne Kellett's San Diego practice and upcoming two-day seminar focus on Universal Design, accessibility and aging in place. The wellness trend "started in workplace design, and is being driven by the millenni- als. Food choices, better lighting, acoustics, healthier air and water and sustainability all serve to create healthier work surroundings. Now this is being translated into home spaces," she explains, adding: "Multi-generational living has doubled since 1980, and as younger adults share spaces with older generations, they have brought these ideas with them." HEALTH-CENTRIC KITCHEN PLANNING "It seems that, as they are starting families, [millennials] are concerned about health and wellness for their entire family. Especially as they are pressed for time, simple design changes can help maintain a healthy lifestyle," Masco's Noel says. These can include organiz- ers and easy-clean surfaces that make cooking at home more convenient. "In my personal experience, I have been most successful with implementing healthy habits if they are easy," she shares. "For example, if I want to make sure I am eating fresh foods rather than processed junk, it needs to be the most accessible item in my kitchen. Kitchen organization – both in layout and the features of a cabinet – can be extremely impactful in promoting the accessibility of key functions and items," she notes. Kellett suggests for healthier kitchens: "Easy- to-maintain countertops and flooring, logically planned storage at a height that can be safely reached, lighting that includes good overall and specific task lighting controlled by dimmers and choices of appliances that are 'user friendly' for any age with controls that are placed safely and are easy to read, to name just a few." Bailey sees increased demand in steam cook- ing, hands-free faucets and workstation-style sinks as all being part of the health trend. "As more homeowners look for ways to incorporate fresh foods into their daily routine, the popu- larity of cooking with steam is on the rise," the Ferguson executive shares. "Hands-free faucets reduce the spread of germs and messes. [And sink] manufacturers are including accessories such as bottom basin grids, cutting boards, dry- ing racks and colanders with the kitchen sink, creating a new prep area in the kitchen. These accessories allow for easier preparation and quick clean up," she adds. Machaen points out that the health benefits of water filtration in eliminating toxic impuri- ties, fluoride, iron, lead and mercury from the kitchen's water sources is another opportunity to add a health component to a project. (It can add an income component at the same time.) HEALTH-CENTRIC BATHROOM PLANNING There are also benefits to water filtration in the bathroom, TWC's Machaen notes, especially for those whose local water districts Steam ovens are soaring in popularity for healthier cooking. Millennials' love for health and organizers come together in well-planned kitchens. Photo: Courtesy of Masco Cabinetry Photo: Courtesy of Wolf Appliance, Inc.; available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery 40 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2017 TREND SPOTTING

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