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When Healthquest, an upscale gym in Flemington, N.J., started remodeling its locker rooms, the company had specific requirements in mind: The new showers needed to not only complement the high-end design of the fitness center, but also be low maintenance with no water penetration issues in grout and tile areas. Problems with previous products leaking water had left the Healthquest owner wanting a better solution. John Mannino, Associate AIA, project manager and architect for Cerminara Architect, turned to Bestbath to fulfill his clients’ needs.
The Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho, provides care to individuals who are at risk of harming themselves. Every single feature in the facility must be safe for patients and incapable of being used by patients to cause bodily harm or attempt suicide. When the existing showers revealed themselves to be a potential hazard, the team at EIRMC reached out to Bestbath to create a custom solution that would mitigate risks.
Upgrading older facilities, particularly historic projects, with modern bathroom fixtures and amenities can bring much needed aesthetic, maintenance, and safety relief. But it’s not without challenges. Changes in standard sizing over the years and new accessibility and code requirements can make fitting today’s products into older spaces difficult.
Design influences come from everywhere—fashion runways, trade and shelter magazines, travel, smart technology, the sustainability movement, trends in art, and the media. They exert a profound influence on the products we buy, and in today’s culture, on the products that consumers demand.
Today’s homeowners are better informed about remodeling than ever before, thanks to the relentless march of TV remodeling shows and 24/7 internet access that provides them an endless array of product information. Remodeling sites like Houzz and Remodelista stoke their dream home fantasies and ambitions.
Composites are the Swiss army knife of surfacing in the kitchen and bath industry. They are tough, durable, can be molded, and generally have a lower price point than granite and other types of natural stone. However, some composites are better suited for some tasks than others, and sometimes a combination of composites provides the best solution.
In Cambridge, Mass., the Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) has met the shortage of affordable rental housing by conducting a full-scale renovation of the Frank J. Manning Apartments, a public housing development for elderly and disabled residents. Although renovations were made for low-income residents, the new facilities will offer upscale amenities including expanded common amenities, services, entertainment spaces, and activity rooms. Because residents are elderly or disabled, it was that key areas such as bathrooms be as user-friendly as possible and meet accessibility codes. The CHA had previously worked with Bestbath and specifically requested its products due to the project’s complexity, durability, and low maintenance.
Stanford University is a world-renowned institution with a rich architectural legacy. Highlands Hall, its latest residential housing project, follows this tradition by providing cutting-edge accommodations for business school graduate students; the four story, state-of-the-art facility contains three courtyards, 200 living units, and flows seamlessly with the campus’ Spanish influences. Durability was a top priority, as both students will be using the shower and each unit will also double as a hotel room during the slow summer
semester. Facilities — especially the bathrooms — needed to withstand rigorous wear-and-tear. Plumbing designer/contractor W.L. Hickey turned to Bestbath for a custom shower solution that met Stanford’s rigorous standards.
After four major back and joint surgeries over 18 months, Mary of Tukwila, Washington was in need of a bathing experience that would soothe her pain while accommodating her reduced range of motion. Two years prior, Mary and her husband had moved into a 55+ neighborhood house and, due to her mobility challenges, she was unable to take a bath in the small tub. A shower was her only option, but even this was difficult – if they wanted to stay in their home through retirement, something had to change.
Giving Scotty showers had become a wet, unpleasant and complicated task for his aging parents in their home in Kent, Ohio. While his family had cared for Scotty, who has Down’s Syndrome, it became more difficult as he grew older. Showering was a particularly dangerous part of Scotty’s day. While his parents and siblings took turns assisting him, their home’s tiny shower forced family members to stand inside while bathing a sitting and often stubborn Scotty. The family turned to JTEK Solutions Group, a company specializing in aging-in-place home remodels, to improve living conditions for Scotty, and in turn, make life easier for the family.
With Chocolate Homes, Kristen Mortensen and her partner knew they wanted — even needed — to build a company that was much leaner than most builders, while still delivering the design and construction quality homebuyers demand. One important ingredient was the ability to offer luxurious – even indulgent – bathrooms, but without the downsides Mortensen had often seen with traditional tile showers.