I started the second day of K/BIS at the NKBA Industry Trends marketplace with a mini-seminar on universal design.
But universal design is not only for those with disabilities - its premise is to make the home comfortable for all people living there: children and adults, as well as baby boomers planning ahead so they can stay in their homes as they age.
Lawlor referenced a survey of older Americans and what they wanted in their bathrooms:
- higher toilets
- easily accessible shower doors
- curbless showers
- less depth for tubs
- larger showers with non-slip base
- enough counter space in bathroom
- more storage in bath
- better lighting (both natural and artificial)
Vegas Heats Up
American Standard is also showing its Champion 4 toilet - a new model of its Champion with a redesigned flush tower. Extensive testing has been done on this model - at least a year’s worth - to ensure that this model doesn’t have the flushing problems the previous model did.
Water In The DesertAt the Jacuzzi booth, whirlpool and air baths are alive and well. The company has an ozone sanitizing system that is included as a standard on all of its therapy baths. Air baths are also becoming more popular - the company went from two models a few years ago to about 24 models today. And homeowners seem to still be asking for whirlpools or air baths in their homes; the therapy aspect alone is a big seller, especially as the population continues to get older!
The day ended with a tour of the NextGen house, with home automation system, water-conserving fixtures in the bath and kitchen, energy-saving appliances, as a really cool beverage center where you can program the favorite beverages of each person in the home.
Stay tuned for tidbits from the final day of the show...
Kelly Faloon, Managing Editor, PM