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Design A Fabulous Shower

Showering has become a luxurious experience. With many new fixtures and systems available today, it is easy to bring a spa-like experience into your own home. The multitude of options available can become daunting to a homeowner embarking on a bathroom remodel. It is important to understand the type of showerhead or showering system that best fits your needs when designing a new shower in your home.

Standard showerhead

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The standard showerhead can come as a fixed showerhead that is permanently installed on the wall or as a hand-held showerhead on a bar with a flexible hose which allows for adjustable height and option to be hand held.  The standard showerhead allows for a variety of spray patterns and options, such as pulse,  massage, wide spray, directed spray, etc.  The standard showerhead is also available in a low-flow model which helps with energy efficiency by reducing the amount of water that is used with each shower.

Rain shower

032213_H2D_04The rain showerhead simulates the experience of standing outside in the rain.  The showerhead allows for a high volume of water to flow with an even, gentle shower.  The rain shower head does not allow the user to change flow pressure.  A rain showerhead can be installed on the wall and is also available as a ceiling mounted unit.

Ceiling Mounted Shower Tile/Panel

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The ceiling mounted shower tile or shower panel is installed flush with the ceiling of the shower.  This type of showerhead provides a similar experience to the rain showerhead with a large volume of water simulating rain.  The shower tile/panel comes in a variety of sizes and some types even provides options for light and sound.  The shower tile provides a clean, contemporary look in the shower and visually disappears with the ceiling.

Body Sprays

2013Nov_H2D_Web_020The bodyspray provides a spray that is directed to a specific location.  The bodysprays are typically mounted on the wall flush with the tile.  They are located to provide targeted spray for a specific location, such as runners tired legs or aching backs.   The bodysprays come with options for direct spray and other types provide options for adjustability of the spray.

 

 

Other showering options may include steam showers, digital shower controls, multiple shower heads or multiple types of showerheads.

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Innis Arden Master Suite Remodel

Phase 2 of the Innis Arden whole house remodel is complete. Phase 1 consisted of remodeling the lower floor complete with a new bathroom, guest room, offices, and theater room. The recent Phase 2 project consisted of remodeling the master suite. The design focused on opening up the views to the Puget Sound from the master bedroom, creating a more efficient walk-in closet, and developing a beautiful spa-like bathroom space. The bathroom is laid out with his and hers teak vanities, steam shower with built in bench, enclosed toilet room, and large soaking tub. High end plumbing fixtures were used for the bathroom including a ceiling mounted shower head for the shower and the laminar ceiling tub filler.

Enjoy the photos by Chad Coleman Photography!

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Innis Arden View House

H2D Architecture + Design has been working closely with an Innis Arden family on a major whole house remodel and addition project.  They recently purchased the home after it being a rental for many years.  The home has great potential – fabulous large site, sweeping views of the Puget Sound, and good original construction to build from.  The design goals are to add a master suite with a deck overlooking the Puget Sound, new kitchen, powder room, additional bathroom, and reconfigure the existing spaces on the lower floor.  This active family spends much of their time outdoors, so creating a connection to the outdoors is critical in this project.

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Northgate Kitchen Remodel

H2D Architecture + Design has recently completed a kitchen remodel in the Northgate neighborhood of Seattle.  The couple purchased the home several years ago with the goal of remodeling the awkward existing kitchen (see the before photo below!).  The design goals were to open the space to create a more functional kitchen, bring in more natural light, and provide a space for the couple to enjoy cooking and entertaining.

Construction:  Gaspar’s Construction

Cabinetry:  Architectural Cabinets

Countertop:  Corian Countertop

Range:  Blue Star

Photos by: Chris Watkins Photography

Seattle Green Custom Home

Construction has begun on the Seattle Green Custom Home!  Follow the progress as we go from deconstruction to a beautiful new home.  We will be posting with the most recent at the top of this post…so be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the before photo!  Learn more about the design process…

Concrete

  • Portions of the existing foundation are being reused for the new home.

Deconstruction

  • Salvage companies came first to strip the house of useable building materials:  windows, fixtures, furnace, and flooring.
  • Friends also salvaged some items to use in other projects: flooring, drawers, and paneling
  • Items were salvaged for reuse in the new house:  appliances, fixtures, stone, and some cable.
  • The remainder of the house was demolished and recycled at a commingled recycling center with a recycling rate of 85%.

 

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