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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.

2013 Year in Review

Thanks to all of our wonderful clients, builders, trade partners, friends, and family for helping make 2013 a great year! Here at H2D Architecture + Design we had an exciting year of designing a wide range of project types.
-New custom home in West Seattle
-Whole house remodels in Woodway, Shoreline and Seattle
-Bathroom remodel for a house protected by the Historic Register
-Second story additions in Magnolia, Seattle, and Kirkland
-Additions to several homes around Seattle and Innis Arden
-House lift projects in Capital Hill and Greenlake area
-Interior design for the new Alibi Room in Greenwood
…and several more!

Enjoy the photos of our year in review!

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Wishing you a happy and prosperous 2014!

Photo credits: Chad Coleman Photography and H2D Architecture + Design

Featured on MSN Real Estate

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Msn real estate picture 1H2D Architecture + Design is featured on MSN Real Estate’s feature article “Amazing Indoor and Outdoor Spaces”. The Seattle Green Custom home is noted for its sustainable features and wonderful connection between the indoors and outdoors via a large Nanawall window and door system. The door and window opens the living room, dining room, and kitchen out onto an outdoor living space overlooking North Seattle and a peek-a-boo view of the Space Needle. To learn more about this project or others, please visit our website at http://www.h2darchitects.com.

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Crown Hill Kitchen and Bathroom remodel

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This kitchen and bathroom remodel was completed for a couple in the Crown Hill neighborhood of Seattle. The couple has lived in the house for years and had been planning to update the original kitchen and bathroom. The goals included … Continue reading

NW Green Home Tour 2013

Join us on Saturday, April 27th from 11-5pm for the Northwest Green Home Tour.  H2D Architecture + Design’s Backyard Artist’s studio is featured on the tour.  The studio is located in the quiet north Seattle neighborhood of Broadview at 11509 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133.

Green features include:  Built Green Certification, Rain screen siding assembly, salvaged materials, recycled content tile, zero voc paints, and much more.

More information about the tour and a listing of the other locations on the tour, can be found at: https://www.ecobuilding.org/guild-chapters/seattle/green-home-tour  The tour is free and open to the public.

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Hiring an Architect 101

When taking on a remodel, addition, or new construction project, many owners are unsure where to begin.  Often times, the first step that the owner takes is to call a builder to get a quote for the work.  The builder may then ask if the owner has a design for them to bid and build from.  If the answer is ‘no’, this is where the architect comes into the picture.  An architect can provide a wide range of services to their clients including space planning and design, code research and compliance, energy efficient construction, material selection, permitting, bid negotiation, and construction observation among many others.

At first glance at the architect’s fees, it may feel like you are paying a lot for just a few plans and visit to the building department.  Instead, you are paying for years of training, expertise, and experience for an architect to help bring your vision into reality.  The time spent working with the architect may also help you to avoid expensive mistakes during construction by working out the kinks through design, layout, and detail on paper prior to starting construction.  Over the course of the design process, the architect and owner will pore over the design in painstaking detail until the drawings contain enough information for the builder to take the plans and build the project.  During the design process, the architect will help with suggesting materials and construction methods that may suit your budget or help with ideas for creating an energy efficient home which can save thousands over the years.  The design costs of roughly 5-18% of construction costs are a relatively small percentage compared to the added value that good design can achieve.  A beautiful, creatively designed space alone will maintain premium value for the long term.

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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