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38 | Kitchen & Bath Design News April 2014 Designer's Notebook personal. Additionally, it's important to fnd out whether they want to be totally "con- nected" to their life in their bathroom, or completely "disconnected" (telephone, television, music, WiFi, etc.)? • Regardless of age, care- fully describe the safety aspects you will incorporate in the bathroom to ensure a comfortable and safe envi- ronment. I consider no-skid floor materials, attractive grab bars in the bathing/ showering area and a bench or footrest in the shower to be mandatory design solution elements. • How should it feel? Does the consumer want a place to escape to – or a place to party in! Following are some ques- tions I always try to ask. • What are the priorities for the new "adults-only" area? • What are the clients willing to trade? A bigger bathroom for a smaller sleep- ing area? A more luxurious dressing room in place of a rarely used chaise lounge corner? • How would they like these areas to relate to one another? How do they feel about walking through a bed- room zone to reach the closet or the bathroom? Regardless of how the spaces function now, how would they like them to function? • Would they like to get fully dressed in a closet (this means a place to sit down), or are they happy to gather their clothes from a closet zone, bring them into the bedroom, access undergarments from a traditional dresser, and then complete getting dressed in the bedroom? The line be- tween dressing/sleeping/ relaxing combination zones vs. a separate dressing room and a separate sleeping room is important to understand. • Just how much "togeth- erness" is desirable? If two adults share a bathroom, do they use the space concur- rently or sequentially? How do they feel about a toilet that is exposed to the mas- ter bathroom vs. being in its own compartment? Do they share the same values about • Designers should research new products that can meet the bathing and showering needs in a minimal amount of space because this increases the overall sense of openness. For example, a freestanding bathtub engineered to receive deck- mounted fttings saves the foor space and expense of a foor-mounted ftting. Photo: Courtesy of MAAX Bath Inc.; www.maax.com. • In this gracious master space, a wall- hung, rather than a foor-mounted toilet, is partially concealed behind a decorative wall. Because they are compact in size and 'foat' of the foor, they increase the sense of visual space. Eliminating a separate compartment for a toilet will also increase the visual space of a room. Designed by Ellen Cheever, CMKBD, ASID, CAPS, Ellen Cheever & Associates, Wilmington, DE; www.ellencheever. com, and Pietro Giorgi, Sr., CMKBD, Giorgi Kitchens & Designs, Wilmington, DE; www.giorgikitchens.com • The second example demonstrates the compactness of one-, two- or three-piece 'total showers' shaped to minimize the foor space needed while providing a multi- water experience enclosure that includes niches for products and a footrest for safety. Photo: Courtesy of MAAX Bath Inc., www.maax.com. KBD_34-41_DesignersNotebook.indd 38 3/14/14 10:45 AM

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