Pipes & Stripes: Plumbing Trends in Design

Bath Design, Kitchen Design

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Whenever we design a kitchen or bathroom, we take into consideration your current layouts and functionality, and how the plumbing is connected and its effects on the design. In honor of World Plumbing Day on March 11, here are some of the plumbing factors we consider in kitchen and bathroom remodels.

Before the remodel even starts, we’re thinking about the finish- the finish, that is, of your hardware. One of the most popular choices is satin nickel, because it offers a versatile, modern look with easy upkeep that hides water spots.

Kohler Sensate Faucet

Another design trend we’ve noticed utilizes touchless controls for kitchen and bath faucets. With more refined sensors than what you’ve probably experienced in restrooms, these faucets are helpful in the kitchen for quick tasks, like filling cups or pots while cooking; in the bathroom, a touchless faucet, like Kohler’s Sensate Touchless Kitchen Faucet, ensures a sanitary space for you and your family.

Going along with the automated theme, lighted toilet seats and automatic flushing toilets are making their way into the home. Kohler’s lighted toilet seats with Nightlight are ideal for families with small children or anyone who has to get up in the middle of the night, and automatic toilets not only flush intuitively, but also raise and lower the lid based on your movement.

When it comes to kitchen design, a touchless faucet is only the first step to a more convenient place to convene, cook, and dine. Sub-Zero refrigerators have become the gold standard in kitchen appliances, and ensuring that you have a water line to supply water to your fridge is also a must have in most kitchens given that many modern refrigerators provide fresh water and ice dispensers.

Bathroom plumbing trends get a little more relaxing when considering incorporating a steam shower into your bathroom remodel. Large, open steam showers are becoming more desirable to home owners, with minimal visible plumbing and luxurious details like heavier glass and hinged doors. Similarly, bathtubs and Jacuzzis are being replaced by soaking tubs and steam baths with touch-tone settings for the ultimate relaxation experience.

Cleaning can also become more convenient in a remodeled kitchen. During a kitchen remodel, make sure your dishwasher is properly connected to your plumbing line and preferably placed right next to the sink for easy access and rinsed dish transfer. Try Miele Dishwashers for their quiet operation, waterproof system, and clean steel finish.

Transitional master bath remodel with soaking tub.

Finally, if you have a big family or love to entertain, have you thought about adding a second sink to your kitchen? Space allowing, this kitchen upgrade gives you the opportunity to have more than one person prepping and cooking at the same time, making family gatherings more fun and less work. To achieve this goal, our design team will work closer with a licensed plumber to move all the necessary pipes around so you will have the appropriate water supply throughout your kitchen.

Plumbing doesn’t have to be a limiting factor in your kitchen and bathroom remodel. By working closely with your Drury design team, we can ensure that you end up with a kitchen or bathroom that fits your needs and design style without compromising your aesthetic.