For those of us working in the southwest market the past has been filled with designing Tuscan style houses. We could design them in our sleep and many did them because they knew it was a style that others would appreciate when they sold their home. Now that people are remodeling and staying in their homes longer we are seeing a design change here in Arizona. Many clients are looking to create more unique styles and personal styles. One trend that has been getting great footing is that of Art Deco Revival!
Can I personally say that this is my favorite era of design and I still marvel when I go to New York and explore their skyscrapers that still are relevant with that design. Recently, many of our faucet manufacturers have brought us collections that fit perfectly in that style! Here are just a few that we love here at The Studio!
The Faucet on the left is from the California Faucets Art Deco collection. The black handle inserts and polished nickel make this faucet pop in a two tone way that truly is indicative of 1930's style faucetry in Europe. The faucet on the right is from Rohl's Michael Berman Collection, this truly took its design from the old Zephyr Train of 1934.
These two faucets we see as more Streamlined Moderne, which came immediately after Art Deco movement and was really a response to the Great Depression. It was about making things more simple and basic, yet still stylized. The Toto Aimes faucet on the left is quite stylish, but flat. The Water Decor Corales on the left is not as flat, but is machined from a solid piece of brass, which is unlike most products manufactured today that are all pieced together.
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Central Arizona Supply
At our last NARI meeting hosted by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery, we were treated to a presentation by our Kohler Representative. We were all impressed by Kohler's innovations in bathroom fixtures.
Universal Design is a buzzword that is getting a lot of attention lately, but what does it mean and how does it affect your home improvement project?
Universal Design is an architectural style that, simply put, makes a home more easily accessible to everyone. Right now, you may be thinking of grab bars in showers and tubs, and a ramp in place of steps in the front yard – and you’d be right! One aspect of Universal Design is making a home more livable for the elderly and physically impaired. But there are two other aspects that have wider reaching appeal: Lifestyle Convenience and Aging in Place.
Universal Design isn’t just about making a home handicap accessible; it’s about Lifestyle Convenience. A wide shelf or flip out seat on the tub make it easier to give baby a bath. Lever-style handles make it easier to open a door with an armful of groceries. Slide out shelves in the cabinets make it easier to reach items stored toward the back. Raised electrical outlets mean less bending when plugging in appliances. A handful of simple, thoughtful design features can increase the enjoyment of your home for years to come.
Either out of financial necessity or convenience, people are staying in their current homes longer – or to put it another way, “Aging in Place”. As we age, many features in our homes will need to be updated to accommodate various infirmities. Changing faucets and plumbing fixtures for arthritic hands, adding extra lighting in closets and living areas, installing barrier-free showers and widening doors and hallways for walker and wheelchair access are all common requirements. Most of these enhancements can be installed at a very low cost during your remodel, and can be enjoyed by young and old alike.
So why wait until you need these upgrades before you start enjoying them? Including them in your current remodel is extremely affordable, enhances the quality of your life now and makes your home more marketable should you decide to sell it.
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Legacy Design Build Remodeling
Bathroom remodeling is a creative expression that will reflect the lifestyle of each individual homeowner. There are endless variety of style possibilities through the creative use of stone, porcelain, glass or ceramic tile complemented by stone or quartz solid surfaces.
Working with your professional designer is the best way to producing a successful bathroom remodel.
Bathroom Remodeling Photos
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