Splash July 2018 Blog
When the summer months hit it's only right to spend a considerable amount of time outside, enjoying the warm weather. Who doesn't love a refreshing outdoor shower post beach day, or the perfect pool house to complement your pool parties? And the right lights are a must as you gather around the fire pit with loved ones to make s'mores!
When designing your outdoor space, it's important to buy smart, so the products you choose last through the drastically different New England seasons. Get the most out of your outdoor sanctuary with some products and brands we love and value here at Splash & Spritzo.
Proper drainage in your pool design is a must...
Drains makes it easy! They offer a ton of options for drainage, and you can
customize based on your specialized needs. Proper drainage in your pool area is
crucial to avoid overflow, keep your pool clean and sanitary, and helps avoid
algae growth which can create slippery and unsafe surfaces.
Bring your pool house up a notch.
Warmupstate of the art floor heating thermostats makes it possible to walk between the pool and the house without getting chilly or uncomfortable. After the sun goes down Warmup makes it easy to create a comfortable and inviting space!
Let there be light!
When is comes to lighting we carry SO many great brands. People often believe that lighting is an area where they can take the cheap route, but that is a corner you don't want to cut. Invest in great fixtures that will last for years to come. You won't regret having less upkeep and more time to enjoy your outside space from dusk to dawn.
Here are a few of our favorite brands for outdoor spaces:
Create the perfect outdoor oasis with Sonoma Forge outdoor showers.
Sonoma Forge has been making outdoor showers for years and time and time again they have proven to be design-forward and long lasting. Because your outdoor shower is exposed to the elements, it is susceptible to rust and rot. Investing in a good brand that engineers their products to last for the long run is a smart decision. Sonoma Forge offers a wide selection and customization options to make your outdoor shower truly your own!
And for those who want to enjoy the outdoors but don't have ample backyard space?
Duravit has you covered with their Cape Cod line. Cape Cod is known for its beautiful beaches and untamed nature, which was the inspiration for this line. Duravit eliminates the barrier between inside and out, by making nature feel like a permanent part of your bathroom design, through organic forms and natural materials in their Cape Cod collection.
The History of the Bath
We love all things bath! On June 14 we will be celebrating International Bath Day, which has caused us to reflect on the history of baths and how they've evolved into the beautifully crafted designs that exist today. Baths have shaped our culture for thousands of years - so what better way to express our love for a good bathtub than to highlight some of our favorite bath trends throughout history.
Bathing was a cherished part of the Ancient Roman's daily ritual. In current times bathing is considered a private and personal activity, but it has not always been viewed that way. During the Roman times, bathing was considered a communal activity with people congregating in lavish communal baths that were built on hot springs, often covering many blocks of land. They used bronze pipes, marble fixtures, and created comprehensive sewage systems.
In 1883, John Michael Kohler, one of the founders of The Kohler Company, which was established in 1873, invented the world's first bathtub. Although The Kohler Company's original focus was to create products of iron and steel, that quickly changed when Kohler created the first enamel modern claw foot tub. When WWI came to an end and the construction boom in America took off, modern bathtubs, sinks and toilets were installed in many American homes.
Next, came the built-in tub, which provided easier maintenance for homeowners. The built-in eliminated the dust bunnies that often hid underneath the claw foot tub. In 1928, different color options for tubs and fixtures created more design options for homeowners. The Crane Company was the first company to produce colored bathroom fixtures in the U.S. market, with other companies quickly following. This is the era when pastel bathrooms were born.
(Photo Via Home Builders Catalog 1929)
As we fast forward to 2018, design has evolved dramatically and social media platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram have become the trendsetters of modern day. With thousands of brands, styles and products a trip to your local kitchen & bath store can be quite overwhelming, which is why we wanted to highlight some of our favorites brands that are breaking the mold by integrating innovative technology, new materials and unique manufacturing processes.
� WetStyle: Handcrafted in Canada. They just created a brighter "pure white" tone for all of their products and white lacquered furniture.
� Victoria + Albert: They use volcanic ash in their manufacturing process!
� Kohler: They have come a long way since their first tub in 1883! Kohler now uses unique vibrations of music in their tubs.
Native Trails: They use copper and concrete to create beautiful, unique designs that will be sure to be an impressive focal point in your bathroom design.
BainUltra: They use copper and concrete to create beautiful, unique designs that will be sure to be an impressive focal point in your bathroom design.