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Rainhead shower-heads and large, walk-in (or walk-around) showers are becoming more popular, especially in master bathrooms, as more people find they use bathroom space for more than mere functionality. Even in mid-range homes, this getaway can easily be transformed into a mini spa-like experience, so be sure to ask your builder what bathroom options they offer.

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Beauty meets brains in the bathroom Technology takes toilets, tubs and more to the next level BY DOLOReS TROPIANO

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well-appointed bathroom is a wonderful newhome feature, but new tub and toilet technology — combined with bliss and beauty — takes the bathroom to a whole new level. “We as an industry have come a long way as far as using new technology in the bathroom,” said Paula Quan, luxury products manager for Bobier Sales in Phoenix. “We have everything from faucets that touch on and off to toilets that flush themselves. Many models of toilets have

“A lot of people don’t think of plumbing as fashion, but we think plumbing is the crown jewel of the bathroom.”

—Laura Ostenkamp, Moen Incorporated

extra glazing to keep the toilet cleaner longer. In addition, there are new toilet designs that only use one gallon of water.”

Toilet technology

A new favorite with consumers is a toilet-bidet combo by TOTO called a Neorest. It comes with a seat warmer, bidet function, heated dryer,

remote controls and one has the capability of downloading music from an SD card. Quan said that toilet-bidet options are priced from $3,000 to $6,200. A bidet-seat (or washlets) has many of the same functions and can be used on most toilets; it generally sells for between $650 and $2,200.

Quan also said freestanding tubs are another big bathroom buzz. Her company sells everything from soakers to air baths engineered to release warm air bubbles into the water. These high tech tubs feature lighting systems, cascading water flows, auto-fill functions and built-in heaters that keep the water warmer for extended periods of time. “People are spending more time in showers,” Quan continued. “So they are investing time and money in creating a spa-like experience.”

Pretty in plumbing

“A lot of people don’t think of plumbing as fashion,” said Laura Ostenkamp, marketing communications manager for Moen Incorporated. “But we think plumbing is the crown jewel of the bathroom.” One of the company’s most popular products is ioDIGITAL, technology that allows homeowners to set and maintain the water temperature and flow in the spa, shower and tub without physically moving a handle. Enlarged sprayfaces provide showers that simulate the look and feel of rainfall. “There is an actual control panel that you can put inside or outside a tub,” Ostenkamp said. “The remote allows a person to turn on the shower from

30 feet away. You can wake up, have a preset temperature, press a button and literally have your perfect shower waiting for you.”

Matching components

Moen and many other companies offer newhome buyers (and those remodeling) coordinated bathroom collections that include everything from faucet handles to paper holders and other accessories. These often come in multiple styles such as modern, traditional and transitional. “For a new construction or remodel,” Ostenkamp said, “the consumer gets everything they need for a perfect match.” Resources Bobier Sales: bobiersales.com Moen Inc.: moen.com

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