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SEP 2018

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Aston's Merrick & Merrick GS Frameless Neo-Angle Hinged Shower Enclosure Collections incorporate 3 ⁄8" tempered clear glass with StarCast easy-clean coating and 1" inline wall channel for seamless integration. The space-saving corner model showcases minimalist stainless steel hardware. Circle No. 159 on Product Card Dawn Kitchen & Bath Products offers custom shower options. Start with a shower system, such as the Grand Can- yon Shower Set, shown, which includes the showerhead, shower arm, slide bar with handheld shower, shower trim and valve. Then add one of several of the company's decorative linear drains. Circle No. 160 on Product Card The Adjustable Fusion Shower Pan System from Trending Accessibility is installed directly on the joists and al- lows for a true curbless shower with no buildup in the floor or at the door jamb. The whole room is then waterproofed, turning it into a European Wet Room. Circle No. 161 on Product Card The Rohl Quartile Thermostatic Shower Kit features a showerhead, handshower, slide rail, body sprays and volume control. It has a four-sided design that is built on a cubic template, and it is crafted in Piemonte, Italy. Finishes include Polished Chrome, Polished Nickel and Satin Nickel. Circle No. 162 on Product Card The new showerheads, pressure bal- ance and thermostatic trims included in the DXV Modulus collection are distinguished by slim profiles and thermostatic shower valves that feature multiple in-line volume controls and diverter valve options. The slender design includes 1 ⁄8"-deep escutcheons. Circle No. 163 on Product Card C. R. Laurence's Contempo Bypass Shower Door System combines contemporary aesthetics with highly functional features. The system utilizes a unique, 73" 'I Beam' header that enhances stability and durability. The header also offers door height adjust- ment for precise installations. Circle No. 164 on Product Card Designed by the Wetstyle Design Lab, Glacier is a CSA-approved and ADA-compliant zero-threshold shower receptor with an integrated linear-style hidden drain. It is made of a thermo-in- sulating material that is non-porous and slip resistant. Glacier is available in a True High Gloss or Matte white finish. Circle No. 165 on Product Card ThermaSol's Serenity Light Sound Rain Head is controlled by the Therma- Touch in-shower 7" LCD touch-screen controller. It features Tranquility, a visual and sound-effect experience. The ceiling-mounted system uses LEDs for mood lighting, and the showerhead boasts 82 easy-clean neoprene jets. Circle No. 166 on Product Card Moore sees frameless shower doors trending. These are very clean in appearance, he says, with a minimal frame due to dual sliding glass panels. This allows the attention to stay on the shower or bath, instead of focusing on the door. Derek Taylor, product manager, showering products at Alpharetta, GA- based Hansgrohe USA adds, "People are doing away with doors and cur- tains in the shower. It's all about open spaces and less privacy. For those still adamant about keeping with the shower door, we are seeing all-clear, tall doors, spanning from the top all the way down to the floor." EXPOSED SYSTEMS Along with the open-concept shower, a desire for easy access means a move toward units that are a key part of the design rather than being hidden behind walls. Incorporating the plumbing for the shower into a unit that is outside the wall means a lot more convenience – and a lot less expense – if some- thing needs to be replaced, according to J.R. Herzog, v.p. at Watsonville, CA-based Pulse ShowerSpas, Inc. "You see a lot of exposed fixtures that previously you didn't," he adds. Hatter agrees: "Exposed showering systems have been a recent trend that we are seeing nationwide. Consumers are wanting to show off these new, updated trends in their home showers." MULTIPLE USERS While the showering experience is very personal, often more than one person will be using the same shower. That means there must be a variety of functions available for each user to be able to have the customized experience they're looking for. "Most of my clients come in as couples and express a need for differ- ent things within the shower, so the number of water delivery ports is not to maximize, but personalize, the shower experience for each person," says Moore. "Designers need to understand their customers and the expe- rience they desire as well as how the shower will operate and the mount- ing locations of all the components in relation to the user." Herzog agrees that there is a push toward multiple functions for aes- thetics, convenience and to aid the aging-in-place movement. That means including many components, from body sprays to handshower with slide bars to a rainshower head. Designs without doors, curbless showers and linear drains are also popular for those setting up the shower to age in place, he adds. With consumers wanting a personalized, relaxing experience in their showers, other features also play a role. "Shower spaces that offer a com- bination of multi-function showerheads, handshowers and body sprays are trending right now, as are high-end amenities including chromathera- py lighting and music systems," notes Pien. September 2018 • 57

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