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JUL 2018

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"It's becoming more common for my clients to say they don't even want a tub," she says, adding that she recommends that her clients consult with a real estate agent to determine if its elimination could negatively affect resale value. "A lot of times we hear that people just don't use them. Instead, they say they want to replace them with larger, more luxurious walk-in showers. "If they do decide to keep the tub, they will choose a smaller one because they feel guilty about filling up a large tub when there is a water shortage," she continues. "Where someone might have been specifying a 66" or 72" tub, they will now choose one that is 60"." Grubb finds his clients asking for circulating pumps as a way to keep the valuable water they do choose to use in their tubs warmer. "That way they don't have to heat up the tub by using more water," he says. VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE While water savings is definitely happening in areas where it's mandatory, even designers outside of these locales are finding that clients are becoming more aware of their water usage and are more interested and open to discussing ways to proactively reduce it. For Abbas Rachaman, many of those conversations occur voluntarily. "I'd say about 40% of my clients are talking about water conservation," says the Neil Kelly Co. design consultant who works out the company's Seattle, WA location. "We see requests for flow restrictors on showerheads and low-flow faucets and low-flow toilets that use only 1.28 gallons per flush. Dual-flush is also really popular, and we have a lot of clients requesting dual-flush toilets." Rachaman is also seeing an increase in the use of automat- ic faucets as a way to conserve water. "It's been available in the commercial market for a while," he says. "But now it's moving into residential baths and kitchens." When it comes to water conservation, Abbas Rachaman often keeps it simple in the shower by using a limited number of shower- heads, as illustrated in this bath designed by Neil Kelly Co. This renovation project completed by Nadja Pentic involved the transformation of two bathrooms in this San Francisco home. Both were done with water savings in mind to comply with California's conservation regulations. In the master bath, she replaced the dated tub and tile surround with a freestanding model. In the smaller bath, she removed a wall to make space for a walk-in shower, which also made the space feel more open. Photos: Olga Soboleva Photo: Neil Kelly Co. 48 Kitchen & Bath Design News • July 2018 ECO-CONSCIOUS BATH

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