Updates for Universal Design in the Tub/Shower

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         Updates for Universal Design in the Tub/Shower
            It will not come as news to you         be straightforward and reliable,           number and sophistication.                 install – the Quick Drain.
            that we have design issues and          particularly if it’s non-traditional.          The number of tubs with doors              In terms of meeting all of the
                            opportunities           These are the main criteria product        has increased, as have the design          criteria, Delta Faucet Co. had a
                            relating to the age     manufacturers are facing – access,         approaches for these products. For         private showing of its new Lifestyle
                            boom and the tub        beauty, ease of installation and           many, the opportunity to sit to exit/      Shower Systems, and these systems
                            or shower. As bath      affordability.                             enter the tub is critical, and tub         seem to have accomplished it all.
                            designers, we are                                                  decks have grown in size, perhaps          I had a chance to “kick the tires,”
                            certainly aware of       RESPONSIVE PRODUCTS                       for the appearance, but also               and the shower that caught my eye
                            the safety concerns      Let’s look at some of the products        answering this need. Kohler has            was generous in size, at 63"x39",
                            in this space,           at K/BIS that met this criteria.          introduced an elegant accessory            and of an upgraded quality. It had
                            where we not only        For some time, there have been            for its Parity tub that looks and          clean lines, with built-in storage,
                            approach, but also       a few good sources for grab bars          functions as a tub shelf for that          and optional fold-up seating and
 Mary Jo Peterson sit and stand or                   that blend with the design of a           book or glass of wine, but also            support integrated into the design.
 CKD, CBD, CAPS             enter and exit the       space. This year, support systems         functions as a transfer surface.           It had a flush threshold, trough-
                            fixture, sometimes       or grab bars that do the job and do           Creating a flush entry to the          style drain and an option for
            from wet/slippery surfaces.              not look the part are blossoming.         shower is beneficial not only for          frameless glass French doors, with
                Knowing that the bath product        More major manufacturers have             those who roll into the shower, but        a generous door swing.
            industry is aware of these and           incorporated grab bars into their         also for the rest of us who may be             It was available in a version
            other challenges in the                                                                                                                  that could be broken
            bath space, I headed                                                                                                                     down for remodeling
            to the Kitchen/Bath
            Industry Show to check
                                         Access, beauty, ease of installation and affordability are the main                                         situations, and it had a
                                                                                                                                                     central drain location
            out what might be new.
            For this column, we’ll
                                         challenges facing manufacturers in creating tub/shower products that                                        and a locking system for
                                                                                                                                                     installation that made it
            focus on what I found
            relating to design for
                                         promote Universal Design.                                                                                   easy, reliable and flexible.
                                                                                                                                                     While the new line has a
            safe maneuvering in the                                                                                                                  number of offerings, this
            bathing area.                                                                                                                            one appealed to me for
                Did I mention that                                                                                                                   its size and its ability to
            regardless of need                                                                                                                       be accessorized for the
            or concern, few of                                                                                                                       luxury shower.
            us or our clients are                                                  
				
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Description: In terms of meeting all of the criteria, Delta Faucet Co. had a private showing of its new Lifestyle Shower Systems, and these systems seem to have accomplished it all. I had a chance to "kick the tires," and the shower that caught my eye was generous in size, at 63"x39", and of an upgraded quality. It had clean lines, with built-in storage, and optional fold-up seating and support integrated into the design.
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