ONE OF YOUR JOBS AS A BUILDER IS to make your houses as desirable as possible without breaking the bank. Anyone can add high-end baubles that cost serious money, but how do you achieve an upscale look for a relatively low cost? Adding cool features to the bath is a good place to start.
Whirlpool tubs are great features but are rarely used. If you want to add a nifty item that people will actually enjoy, try a customized showering system instead. According to research findings by North Olmsted, Ohio–based Moen, consumers want more water and versatility in their shower, which makes sense given that people shower much more often than they take baths. Based on this finding, the company has introduced the ExactTemp shower valve, which offers up to 16 gallons of water per minute.
“We wanted to provide a showering experience above and beyond what people currently expect,” says Mike Reffner, Moen's product manager. “This new valve system supports many of Moen's showering configurations and provides customized water delivery, ensuring the greatest balance of temperature, flow, and coverage.”
Showering systems these days come with all types of fixtures. The Surface collection shower system from Fort Mill, S.C.–based Ginger includes a ceiling-mounted rainfall showerhead and optional shower column, pivoting body sprays, a hand shower, and two pivoting shower-heads. Moen says its ExactTemp valve is flexible, so showerhead, body sprays, and hand showers can be used together or individually and placed on one, two, or three walls.
A cool shower system doesn't have to be over the top to be appreciated. Builders can use a simple configuration that comprises a handheld spray and a rain shower to provide bathers with options. And, unlike a whirlpool tub, homeowners can enjoy the feature every day.