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JUL 2018

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Nadja Pentic, founder/designer, Knocknock, in Oakland, CA, agrees. "Frankly, water savings, and conservation in general, is just a good idea," she says. "Before I worked in the kitchen and bath industry, I would travel to places like the Middle East. They've always had a water problem, so they've had low-flow toilets with two buttons – one for more, one for less water flow – for the last 30 years. At the time, I found it fascinating that they were so conscientious about it, but creativity arises from necessity. As America starts to face some of the same issues as other places around the world, I think conservation makes good sense. It's good for the environment and the planet, and as a designer, I am in favor of it. I also do a lot of modern work, so most of my clients are at least modern, if not minimalist, in the way they think, and they tend to be a bit more conservation minded as well." For the most part, fixtures that promote water savings don't necessarily look any different in the bath since, on the surface, plumbing fixtures that are compliant in California look the same as those that are available elsewhere. There is also little aesthetic difference in a single-flush versus dual-flush toilet or a standard- versus low-flow toilet designed to save water. "Luckily, manufacturers have been really good about devel- oping products that are compliant with our water restrictions," says Pentic. "I can find beautiful showerheads with low flow rates because the pretty parts of the fixtures are still pretty. To a large extent, these restrictions haven't really affected the way our bathrooms look." "Manufacturers do have different products for California," adds Grubb. "But their beauty hasn't changed with the new regulations. The fixtures themselves are still gorgeous, so we are still able to spec beautiful fixtures." Instead, the water conservation trend is most noticeable in the number of fixtures a client may be allowed to include in the bathroom, particularly in the shower. "I used to design luxury showers with two showerheads, a handheld, a rainhead and body sprays…with a control that would allow all of them to be in use simultaneously," says Grubb. "Now a shower may have only one or two showerheads and a rainhead with a diverter so all of them won't be on at the same time." Pentic agrees. "A lot of people ask for a rainhead," she says. "And then I'll also recommend a handheld for cleaning purposes." Water savings can also be addressed when talking with cli- ents about bathtubs. For Pentic, clients often remove them al- together as a way to save not only water, but also space, which can then be allocated to a larger shower. Or, if they decide to keep their tubs, they opt for more petite versions. The lavatory faucets Christopher Grubb uses in his bath designs all meet strict water conservation codes, but that doesn't mean they aren't beautiful. To further enhance the luxurious feel of a master bathroom, the designer also often includes natural stone, such as the limestone used on this floor. Grubb no longer uses an abundance of fixtures in the shower. To comply with wa- ter-saving codes, he'll typically include just one or two, as featured in this master bath. The seashell border around the room adds a special, unexpected element to the design. Many of Nadja Pentic's clients request rainheads in their master bath showers. The designer obliged this client, while also adding a hand- held version as a complement that makes the shower easier to clean. Both are compliant with California's strict water conservation codes. Photos: Arch-Interiors Design Group / David Kayser Photo: Olga Soboleva July 2018 • KitchenBathDesign.com 47

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