Available from The Taunton Press and written by designer, author and KBDN contributing writer Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, The New Bathroom Idea Book lives up to its promise, offering a wealth of inspiring ideas for the bathroom.
The book covers all of the major areas of the bath, from vanities, countertops and bath fixtures to flooring, lighting and finishing details. More than 370 photos showcase a wide array of bath configurations, with creative imagery reflecting a variety of design styles that will appeal to both consumers and the trade.
Gold also addresses key hot button topics, including energy use codes, and accessibility and aging in place – which are increasingly important to both aging baby boomers and younger generations who may end up with both young children and older parents sharing their home.
The book leads off with a “Plan Your Bath” section, in which Gold offers consumers helpful tips for assessing their needs, the space and the scope of the project.
The author also addresses budget issues, as well as explaining the difference between different types of professionals, from architects and design/build firms to bath designers, interior designers and general contractors.
Subsequent chapters look at how to work with the existing space; tips for identifying and finding a style that fits with both the homeowner’s tastes and the rest of the house, and a look at products, including fixtures and faucets; storage; the shower space; floors, walls, windows and doors; lighting, heating and
ventilation; entertainment, electronics and extras; and decorative touches.
In each chapter, a “Hot Trends” section focuses on recent bath advancements, from digital shower systems with multiple presets to medicine cabinets with built-in speakers and more.
The book provides a comprehensive yet easy-to-understand guide for consumers looking to educate themselves as they begin their journey toward finding the right design professional to partner with on a new bath or renovation project. While geared for consumers, design professionals will find plenty of inspiration within the pages, as well as useful ideas for introducing their clients to new ways of thinking about their upcoming bath projects.▪