Kitchen & Bath Design News

MAR 2019

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March 2019 • 25 Glass shelves above a toilet can add storage space while still being beautiful, and soap dish- es/soap dispensers keep counters clean while still being decorative. Medicine cabinets aren't just for your tooth- brush or storing medications. Advancements in design now include electri- cal outlets and lighting inside and out. Storage drawers and toothbrush and makeup holders are now common. You can even watch your favorite movie or TV show while taking a bath, with the same medicine cabinets (and mirrors) turning into screens. Taking something as necessary as a medicine cabi- net and adding the upgrades can turn this standard home product into a true luxury. Last, but certainly not least, I initially put one thing in my bathroom as a personal luxury feature that has be- come the absolute best thing in the room – the heated floor (or radiant heating). I cannot rave enough about this small luxury, which has changed our lives (and the lives of my cats). Cold toes are a distant memory and while I do have to fight the cats for bath mat space, I will never ever remodel or build a bathroom without a heated floor again. If your client can only splurge on one thing for their bathroom remodel, this would be my personal recommendation. What I learned by doing this is that we need to ask our clients what they want their bathroom to be. If it's just a place to get you wet and clean, how can we make this better for them? That might simply be the better shower valve or showerhead. But, if it's going to be their personal sanctuary (as it seems to be more and more today), then we need to delve more deeply into the customer's mind and personal vision. By doing this, we can show them person- alized luxury products that can make their day better – better because we have now introduced the clients to a whole new world of luxurious necessities. ▪ Sarah Jenkinson is president of Witter Enterprises, which has exclusive distribution rights for Barber Wilsons and Sterlingham bath fittings, accessories and tow- el warmers in North America. Jenkinson is a past president of the Decorative Plumbing & Hardware Association and in 2018 was inducted as a mem- ber of the DPHA Council of Fellows. Read past columns and features and send us your comments about this article and others at SPEED. ACCURACY. INTEGRATION. MOBILITY. KCD Software 3D Drawing Design-build by the webhannet Co. using KCD Software's CnC Commander with one Button Machining INSPIRED DESIGN TO MANUFACTURED bEAUTy Software You Can Build On. TM I 508.760.1140 • Free live tech support • No annual maintenance fees • Optional upgrades • No contracts LIVE & LAUNCHED Check out our new website today. ! Circle No. 15 on Product Card

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