By Judith NasatirIn bath design, function has always come before form. But today's homeowners expect their hardworking bathrooms to go beyond hygienic and practical functions. For some, a bathroom should be wired to 21st-century technology for ready access to information and entertainment. For others, the dream bath is a home spa for a welcome spiritual and physical retreat. Other homeowners want their bathroom to do double duty as a personal gym or dressing area.
By Barbara SchmidtWhen the Brady Bunch Calls A DesignerBlending 1970s architecture with today’s interiorsDuring the 1970s, more than 17 million new homes were built in the U.S., which means there is an abundance of split-level and ranch style homes that need updating today. Many of these homes were designed with small sinks, odd-sized tubs, small windows and dark earthy décor that can feel downright cave-like in comparison to today’s modern home.
By Judith NasatirIn design, as in life, what goes around comes around. Every style follows a cycle: in, out and in again. Designs are revised, refined and updated with the latest technology. As each generation discovers the pleasures of the past, what’s old becomes new again. Bathroom design is no exception to this rule. Minimalism and eclecticism are popular. But the vintage look is also “in” for bathrooms, taking its style cues from the Art Deco era of the 1920s and 1930s.
Florida Family Wins Dream Bathroom Makeover from American StandardPISCATAWAY, N.J. (February 17, 2005) – One look at Suzanne and Keith Summers’ dirt-brown, hippie-style bathroom was all it took to make them wonder, “Where’s the sunshine?” Their eyes will light up soon, however. As the winners of American Standard’s fifth annual “America’s Ugliest Bathroom Contest,” the North Miami Beach, Fla., couple’s bathroom will get a glamorous $25,000 makeover courtesy of American Standard.
By Judith NasatirGood design is about mixing and matching. We want our homes to reflect our individual tastes and interests. It should be practical and personal. We shy away from cookie-cutter rooms filled with furnishings all in the same scale and style. And, what “goes together” doesn’t always need to match.
By Barbara SchmidtUnearth Architectural Gems for Added ValueYour home’s architecture defines the flow of your living space and your daily routines.Maintaining the original intent of your home’s space and design can positively affect your resale value. On the other hand, nothing can lower aesthetic value faster than dropping anew bathroom or kitchen into your home that doesn’t match the house’s original design.
By Barbara SchmidtRethink your own bathroom space and functionIs there a traffic jam in your bathroom? Do you find yourself bumping into your family or the walls while brushing your teeth? If so, it may be time to make your bathroom more functional by rethinking how you use the space.
By Barbara SchmidtThe room that is undergoing the greatest amount of transformation in new construction and remodeling is the bathroom. The average master bath has tripled in size since the 1930s. The bathroom was once designed as an oversized water closet, people are now finding respite and sanctuary in multiple room master and guest baths. The weekend spa mentality has developed into a lifestyle that Americans want to experience on a daily basis.
By Barbara Schmidt, a contributing editorThe kitchen often becomes a family hub, the heart of the home for daily activity and entertaining. For this reason, the design of a kitchen space should take into consideration how the room is used on a daily basis. Identifying how you like to cook, eat and entertain are important steps in creating an efficient kitchen space. Whether you are building from the floor plan up or simply reorganizing, kitchen tools and space planning have the most powerful impact on a kitchen’s effectiveness.
By Barbara Schmidt, a contributing editorAs a designer, I am frequently asked for advice or tips on updating residential interiors. The rooms people want to update most often are their kitchens and bathrooms. This makes sense because kitchens and bathrooms are the rooms that everyone in the family uses…every day. These high-traffic rooms often become run-down and dated quicker than other rooms in the house.
From the baths of ancient Rome to today’s luxurious in-home spas, customized bathrooms never go out of stylePiscataway, N.J. (April 12, 2002) — Some things never go out of style. In fact, many of today’s hottest trends in bathroom design are rooted in the ancient bathing rituals of the world’s earliest civilizations. Homeowners who wish to create bathrooms suitable for a goddess or a king need only walk through the pages of history for inspiration.