Rhode Island Monthly Spring Home Improvement 2014 : Page 5

SPE CIAL AD VER TISING SE C TION seeing less demand for the overhead rain showerhead. It feels good, but it’s just not practical. It trickles down and it’s hard to get shampoo out of your hair. Once homeowners educate themselves, they decide it’s not worth the extra cost.” When it comes to a tub in the master bath, it’s usually a free-standing deep soaking tub. They come in all shapes and sizes and are less ornate. Andrade believes the days of jetted tubs on raised platforms are past. Floating vanities are an interesting mod-ern trend that is on the rise. Dual sinks are still an absolute must, but in an interesting twist, homeowners are asking for them to be pushed further apart, Davitt says. “We’re doing makeup stations or a tall cabinet in the middle so there is a clear dividing point and a his and hers side.” TILE Glass tile for color accents, as well as natu-ral stones like marble and limestone, top the request list. “The white Diego Carrera marble with light gray hues is very popular. Nearly every house we do now has some element of it,” Andrade says. For the loor, big plank tile is becoming more popular. “Larger-sized tiles, two-by-four or two-by-six feet, add to the open aesthetic and give you fewer grout lines for easier cleaning. Tile companies have improved their ability to create patterns on tile with digital transfers so the style options are tremendous,” Stoddard says. Davitt reports an increased demand for hardwood floors in the bathroom because they’re warmer than tile. “People are using good quality wood — mahogany and teak — not the strip oak you see in a spec house. It’s an alternative to radiant heat, but that’s still in huge demand, too.” And while the overall idea is still for the master bath to be a refuge, technology has snuck into the bathroom in the form of intercoms that run over Bluetooth and tele-visions mounted over the soaking tub. ➤ RHODE ISLAND MONTHLY l MARCH 2014 127

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