“The mystery really isn’t a mystery,” says Steve Westphal, President of Molony Tile, “In fact, it really makes a lot of sense. Our population is getting older, and very often they look at bath tubs that are rarely, if ever, being used and decide to create bathrooms that are more functional — in other words they are building showers they want, many times they are walk-in designs using the same foot print of the tub that was removed.”
Today’s new showers are often very distinctive. Because they usually fit the foot print of the tub, they are larger and not a standard size. As a result, the shower does not match any of the pre-made shower bases. A tile pan is created from scratch, using tile designs to accommodate customer wishes. Doing it this way helps maximize the size of the shower.
In general, the age of the customer for this type of home improvement is 45 years of age or older. Where once they could easily get in and out of a tub, older individuals are now more apt to have trouble. Many become concerned about slipping, falling, and hurting themselves.
However, people at this point in their lives do not want to compromise. They like heated seats in the shower, glass block walls in the bathroom, and unique shelves. What they are looking for is a space that has universal design. Universal design is design purposefully made for anyone to use, regardless of age.
Such designs can include curbless showers that you can simply walk-in and use along with a handheld showerhead. Sidebars are also included to help an individual in and out of the shower and a seat to sit down.
Other elements that customers can add to have a personal touch are:
- Accent tiles using various colors, shapes and sizes (individually or in a pattern)
- Accent tiles with designs
- Tiles with pictures of your choice placed on them
- Tiles creating a mural with pictures of your choice
- Engraving on any of the tiles
These are décor themes that can be used in the shower, but they can also be carried through to the floors and the walls. The option to heat the floor creates a very welcoming environment requiring limited maintenance. With all of the textures and patterns to choose from, the options are virtually limitless.
Changing your bathroom to meet your needs, as you age is fun! The design options available are seemingly endless. Colors, textiles, tiles, glass of all shapes, sizes, and textures can be added to heated floors and towel racks. Essentially, you can create your own spa – an ideal getaway!