Archive for Bathroom Remodeling
Ask any child from the age of zero to ten what their favorite activity is and bath time, in most cases, will be somewhere towards the bottom of the list (right next to eating broccoli and going to the dentist). If you’re a parent, you do everything to try to change this, from adding in the infamous floating rubber ducky to bubbles, yet bathing will always be another “chore” that leaves them kicking and screaming. Enter the Welle Household, however, and it’s like you’ve entered an alternate dimension; not only are the Welle children willing to step foot into the bath but they come running (yes, RUNNING) when it’s bath time. In their home, bath time for the kids is fun time and a place to let their imaginations run wild.
For all you curious parents – what exactly is the Welle’s “secret” antidote to the boring bath? Earlier this year, they installed an award-winning American Standard FunBath right over their existing tub. Miranda (mom) chose the Firetruck bath because of the universality of the design for both boys and girls. The four Welle children, whose ages range from 8 years old to 8 months old, get uncommon bragging rights – they get to bathe in a firetruck at home! With three design variations; a Pretty Princess Castle, a Fierce Firetruck and a Customizable Flat Panel version, there’s a Funbath to fit any kid’s tastes.
Since installation, Miranda has been touting the FunBath as the conversation piece in her home; it boasts good looks, reduces the dreaded back strain and was a breeze to install. With a fierce red finish the Firetruck FunBath, which the Welles’ coordinated bath décor around, is nearly impossible to pass without notice. A young visitor was even recently inspired to take a bath after seeing the Fierce Firetruck at the home. And you’ll never stoop to bathe your toddler again. With an elevated frame, the child is seated at a comfortable level so you’re not straining to reach. The FunBath’s acrylic body fits right over any standard 60-inch bathtub, so installation (and uninstalling) is a snap.
After almost a year of use, what’s the verdict? Miranda says “My favorite features of the FunBath are the sprayer so I can rinse the soap out of the kids’ hair easier and the fact that I don’t have to bend over any more to help with bath time. I even bathe our newborn in the Firetruck! I never even brought the baby bathtub out of the basement this time. It’s so convenient to just stand and wash him up in our Funbath that there is no need for the baby tub. And I really like the seat that is at the back of the Firetruck. It was perfect when our 22 month old was a few months younger. He could sit there and enjoy a bath with his siblings and wouldn’t have the water getting too high on him. It’s great that the tub is shallower than a normal bath tub. It doesn’t take as much water to give the kids a bath either!”
Learn more – watch the FunBath video above and click here to view more Safe & Accessible products.
We call them the golden years – and they should be just that. This year, National Aging in Place Week takes place on October 15-21. It’s a week that’s focused on bringing families together to make the home a safer place for multi generational living. This week-long event was spearheaded by the National Aging in Place Council, a senior support network that brings together resources such as healthcare, financial services, and products to make independent living safe and comfortable. To kick off the week, we’re sharing the story of one determined senior that made her home a haven for aging in place.Here’s a sobering and unfortunately, all too real, bathroom safety fact: every 2.3 seconds, an adult 65 and older suffers a fall that can threaten their life, safety and ability to live independently. Jane B., a South Carolina homeowner and senior citizen, recently sought out a solution to avoid becoming part of the statistic. After a close call slipping in her hazardously slippery shower, she came across an ad for a walk-in tub which would answer her bath safety concerns. After a call to a reputable local renovation company, Metropolitan Renovations, Jane had a slip resistant American Standard Walk-In Tub installed… and the rest was history.
Well, that’s the short of it. Similar to the many seniors who live in their own homes, Jane had lived independently for many years and was determined to keep it that way. After all, the “Golden Years” are meant to be just that – a time to relax without the worry of preventable threats. One day last year, Jane fortuitously walked into her local home improvement store which offered American Standard Walk-In Tub options and would recommend a reputable installer to boot.
Metropolitan Renovations, a remodeling company that serves Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, installed Jane’s new Walk-In Tub and renovated her bathroom to address her safety concerns. As a certified Aging-In-Place specialist, Metropolitan Renovations also offers home modifications such as non-slip floor surfaces, wider doorways, grab bars and defined-edge countertops to accommodate the elderly or those that have limited mobility. After a short period, their experts had Jane’s old shower removed and replaced with a new Walk-In Tub with Jet and Air Massage options which provide relief for her fibromyalgia and arthritis.
With the addition of her new safety-minded renovation equipped with an American Standard Walk-In Tub, Jane now feels more secure when bathing and carries a new found sense of confidence in her surroundings. Now that’s aging gracefully.
Tips to prepare you or your parent’s home for aging-in-place:
- Install lever door handles which are less challenging for arthritic hands
- Grab bars – everywhere! Surrounding the bath, toilet, seating areas and more with a grab bar will add stability to those with poor balance
- Right-Height Toilets simplify standing and sitting
- Toss out or secure loose rugs which can be tripping hazards
- Faucets with hot-limit safety stops prevent scalding in the bath or at the sink
- Arrange furniture to eliminate obstructions
- A Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) can put together a great plan for your home. To find one, check out the National Association of Homebuilders’ directory here
Are you up for this PRO sized challenge?
Since its introduction, The PRO™ Series has received a tremendous response from homeowners that were frustrated with their older, clog-prone and water inefficient toilets. The PRO Series is American Standard’s latest line of toilets that combines the powerful flushing systems of the popular Champion and Cadet toilets while using a WaterSense® Certified (pending) water saving flush. While the switch to the PRO line may be a no brainer, we want to test your PRO knowledge for the chance to win your very own! Read more for details…
Edit (8/8/12) : Congratulations to David Paige and Brian Necessary who will both be receiving a brand new PRO Toilet and retiring their plungers! Thank you to all of our participants in the PRO Talk and Test your PRO Knowledge challenge.
At the American Standard research and design center, we’re constantly keeping an eye on emerging trends in the kitchen and bath world in order to design products that fit the end user’s needs flawlessly. In the April issue of Professional Remodeler, Gray Uhl, American Standard’s Director of Design, spoke about the latest trends in bath remodeling. Among his observations was the increase in a need for products that work in existing spaces in response to the people staying in their homes longer and creating multi-generational living spaces.
This got our gears turning; what are some other trends that are emerging in bathroom interiors? We asked Gray to clue us in on some of the hottest trends of 2012:
Now it’s your turn! Watch the video below to see how you can win an American Standard Outreach Faucet (our response to the need for a more versatile bathroom faucet) and maybe even see your product idea come to life!
For the chance to win the American Standard Outreach Faucet, leave a comment to this post with a product idea that isn’t available today that you’d love to own or with a style that you’d like to see us develop. Professor Toilet and his team will choose their favorite entry on Monday June 25, 2012 as the winner, so hurry and enter before Sunday June 24, 5PM ET.
EDIT: Congratulations to Kay Thrasher who thought of a clever way to add more counter space with minimal effort. She says, “I have a very small bathroom with limited space. I’d love a bathroom sink that had a cover or partial cover so I could have more counter space when not using the sink and remove it for full access when needed.” Congratulations Kay!
When remodeling a bathroom, the Professor must confess that selecting a bathroom sink is challenging. Such a dizzying array of shapes, styles, materials, and configurations. Undermount or drop in? Bathroom sink vanity, pedestal, or wallmount? Does a striking vessel sink fit in? If you are overwhelmed by a bathroom remodeling project, the Professor hopes that this guide to bathroom sink trends will help you find your way.
If your bathroom has plenty of space for storage elsewhere, a pedestal sink is a great way to make a powerful design statement. Whether the pedestal is modern with clean lines, or more traditional and elegantly detailed, make sure you choose a sink that is the right height for you. The Professor also recommends choosing a pedestal sink (or vanity) that is at least 27″ tall if the bathroom will be used primarily by adults.
Undermount sinks are a sleek look, and so very easy to keep clean. Sweep the counter and done. Marvelous. The Professor finds the Porcher Marquee collection to be particularly stylish, as the base of the sinks feature distinctive, jewel-inspired faceting.
Stainless steel in the bathroom? Great contemporary feel. Try the American Standard Prevoir Collection of stainless steel bathroom sinks, which use stainless steel in a new and unexpected way.
Above counter basins, or vessel sinks are available in every material from stone to ceramics to transparent glass. Consider these sinks for your show-off powder room. Vessel sinks can be found in bold, modern shapes as well as classic wash basin designs that match beautifully with more traditional bathrooms.
As the weather begins to warm, the Professor’s mind turns to happy thoughts of a favorite season: springtime bathroom remodeling season, of course. For those who are ready to change things up, the Professor is pleased to offer a few pointers regarding current bath design trends for inspiration.
The American Institute of Architects reported that through the end of 2011, homeowners continued to view the integration of water saving faucets, toilets, and showerheads as important components of their bathrooms. Water saving toilets and showerheads in particular used to get a bad rap for providing poor performance, but thanks to recent technological advances, saving water doesn’t have to feel like a sacrifice. American Standard’s H2Option, featuring powerful siphonic dual flushing action, and turbine technology-powered FloWise collection of showerheads are two notable examples of high performance, low flow products.
The transitional style is predicted to be the most popular look for bathroom fixtures according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s 2012 Style Report. This style, which walks the line between traditional and contemporary to create a modern yet classic look, is beautifully expressed by the elegant, sculptural Pyke collection of bath faucets by JADO.
Aging in place is also a top priority for many Americans, and incorporating universal design features into the home – especially in the bathroom – is a growing trend. And with luxury options like whirlpool, air bath, and combo massage features now available, installing a walk-in bath can feel like an indulgence rather than just preparing for old age.
White continues to be the most popular bathroom color scheme, and it’s a look the Professor finds especially attractive when complemented by wood furnishings with dark finishes like the espresso-colored hues available in the Porcher Solutions collection of modular bath furnishings.
Whether you’re just swapping in a new faucet or getting bold with colors and fixtures: go forth and remodel!
Whether you’re looking towards starting that remodel you’ve been dreaming of or looking to update your bathroom, Professor Toilet is giving you an exclusive sneak peek at some of our latest suite shots from JADO and Porcher to help you get started. Bask in the elegance of the traditionally-inspired Hatteras Collection or admire the refined Stoic Collection with its clean lines and modern outlook. Make a splash in your bathroom with these sleek new collections!
Professor Toilet wants to know which bathroom suite make you want to lounge in the bath for hours. He’s also giving you a chance to win a set of two JADO robe hooks (your choice of Stoic or Hatteras Collection, see product details below) for a fresh update!
For your chance to win, tell us which suite you’d love to see in your home and why it inspires you by commenting on this blog post. Professor Toilet will choose his favorite comment on 3/15/2012 as the winner. Hurry and get those comments in.
Featured Items, from Left to Right:
97010-11 – Porcher Solutions™ Wall-Mounted Dual Flush Toilet
60525-10 – Porcher Solutions™ 5-1/2′ Slim Premium Air Bath
847/814/100 – JADO Stoic Deck Mount Tub Filler with Hand Shower with Cy Handles
80880-01 - Porcher Solutions™ Mirror
847/033/100 – JADO Stoic Widespread Lavatory Faucet with Cy Handles
80800-01 – Porcher Solutions™ 24″ Wall Hung Cabinet
26060-03 – Porcher Solutions™ 24″ Countertop Lavatory with 8″ Centers
Featured Items, from Left to Right:
82930-01 – Calla II Mirror
82920-01 – Calla II 24″ Cabinet
20378-00 – Calla II Lavatory
842/803/100 – JADO Hatteras Low Spout Widespread Lavatory Set with Cross Handles
90290-01 – Calla II Elongated Toilet
60070-00 – Calla Soaking Bath
842/804/100 - JADO Hatteras Low Spout Roman Tub Set with Handshower and Cross Handles
Featured Items, from Left to Right:
97920-28 – Archive Elongated High Efficiency 1 Piece Toilet
84920-01 – Archive 24″ Vanity
84960-01 – Stone Top for Archive 24″ Vanity
84930-01 – Archive Mirror
842/003/100 – JADO Hatteras Low Spout Widespread Lavatory Set with Cross Handles
62745-40 – Archive Freestanding Soaking Bath
And the Winner Gets One of These…
January is Bathroom Safety Month! This may not seem like the most exciting or important observance, especially compared to widely celebrated holidays like World Toilet Day. However, the Professor recently read some very sobering statistics that should make anyone reevaluate the importance of investing in home furnishings and fixtures designed to help keep seniors safe and steady, especially in the bathroom. A few examples:
- 70% of home accidents occur in the bathroom
- Every 2.3 seconds, an adult aged 65 or older suffers a fall
- 40% of those hospitalized from hip fractures do not return home
Whether you are making arrangements to have an aging parent move into your home or simply wish to plan ahead to grow older independently in your own home, incorporating universal design features into your home can be a wise idea. Fortunately, there are many ways to help prevent slips and falls, even while maintaining a stylish and luxurious bathroom.
One task that can be especially dangerous for older adults – and anyone with limited mobility, such as after an injury – is getting in and out of the bathtub. According to a recent report submitted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an average of 370 Americans suffer bathtub or shower-related injuries every day.
An increasingly popular solution to this issue is to upgrade to a walk-in bath. Modern walk-in tubs are attractive and available with luxury options like air bath and whirlpool features. The Professor is also impressed by the special Quick Drain option available on American Standard’s line of walk-in baths that drains water from the tub in less than 2 minutes, so there’s no need for a long, cold wait before exiting the tub.
Ready to start making your bathroom a safer, more comfortable place to be? The Professor is pleased to offer the chance to win a single-control JADO Hatteras faucet to help you do just that. The stylish faucet meets the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines and is also WaterSense-certified. For your chance to win, just answer the following questions in the comments. The Professor will choose his favorite response on 2/3/12 as the winner.
1. What are some creative ways you gear up your bathroom to be a safe place for children and the elderly to use?
2. What creative remedies have you found to protect against falls on a slippery tub or floor?
3. What are some changes you have made to your home that will allow you to “age in place”?
4. Thinking of safety with the other end of the age spectrum, what are the best ways to baby-proof a bathroom? What are your favorite kid-friendly safety devices?
Here is how to install a hand held shower head, one of the easiest home improvement tasks you can do yourself. To demonstrate, the Professor will use the Monoglide hand held shower head from American Standard.
The first step is to remove the existing shower head with an adjustable wrench.
Then, apply teflon tape to the threads of the shower arm.
Next you will use your adjustable wrench to install the shower bracket to the shower arm until the water outlet faces down toward the tub or shower. The bracket is where your Monoglide hand held shower head will hang.
Finally, hand tighten the larger end of the metal hose to the Monoglide hand held shower head and attach the other end to the water outlet on the bracket.
Last step: enjoy a soothing shower with your new multi-function Monoglide hand held shower head to celebrate a job well done!
The innovative FunBath tub conversion kit from American Standard Brands has been awarded the Parent Tested, Parent Approved (PTPA) Winner’s Seal of Approval. PTPA Media has North America’s largest volunteer parent testing community, with over 40,000 parents.
Consumers looking for high-quality products and services can rest assured when they see the PTPA Winner’s Seal; it is evidence of product excellence as evaluated by unbiased parent consumers.
The FunBath kit was recognized because even the most bathing-averse children will be reaching for the soap when their bathrooms are transformed by this award-winning bath conversion kit. Fitting over most existing standard 60-inch bathtubs, the FunBath kit makes bath time safer, more comfortable and even uses less water.
Easy installation gives parents the freedom to bathe their children in comfort, while eliminating the need to stoop or kneel while bathing little ones in a traditional bathtub.
The FunBath kit was among many entries from across North America competing to earn the PTPA™ Seal. Because independent parent volunteers evaluate these products in their own homes, PTPA winners are chosen based on merit and consumer experience – not on commercial considerations. As a result, the PTPA Media™ Seal has quickly gained recognition as an international leader in certifying consumer products for quality, effectiveness and value.
Being honored with the influential Seal of Approval from PTPA Media Inc. is a huge achievement for a product geared to families, children or parents. “We’re very proud of the FunBath kit, which makes bath time easier and more fun for both kids and their parents, and can easily be removed without damaging the tub once the kids have outgrown it,” said Rob Buete, vice president and general manager of the American Standard Safety Tubs division. “It means a great deal to us to have the FunBath kit recognized by the PTPA Media community.”
“At PTPA Media, we are proud to play a role in certifying innovative products that families can trust,” said Sharon Vinderine, CEO and founder of PTPA Media Inc. “When consumers search for our Seal of Approval on product packaging and websites, they are essentially searching for validation from their peers. Their peers will have objectively tested and approved these products based on their performance in a real life environment. That type of resource for families is priceless.”
For more information on the FunBath tub conversion kit or other American Standard products, visit www.americanstandard.com or call (800) 899-2614.