Splendor in the Bath

Materials, too, are undergoing a transformation. Artistic treatments for walls and floors range from glass tile to mosaic or natural stones. And forget the days of fearing that a shining wood floor would warp: Many more clients want wood in their bathroom floors, DaLomba says. “Now there is a lot more design,” she adds, “lots of options in finishes, too, including design details that match the faucetry.” As she notes, “For instance, there are beautiful colonial handles in, say, an oil-rubbed bronze, for a beautiful look, a bath with style and personality.”

Supply New England works with a wide range of customers from their seven New England showroom locations, including West Yarmouth, Falmouth, and Martha’s Vineyard. The company is adding an eighth location in Natick, due to open this spring.

Many clients who are looking for upgrades and renovations today, DaLomba says, are reflective of today’s changing family structure, as households consider the advantages of three generations living under one roof. Universal design, which introduces fixtures that accommodate a wide range of physical abilities, is very much on the forefront of bath design today, she says, as more people are keeping their homes and “aging in place.”

Upgrading to accommodate more family, or for more luxury, may be easier than many homeowners think, DaLomba says. “We work with our customers to work within their budget,” she says. “A lot of people think it may be out of their reach. There are really a lot of solutions out there. Nowadays, the sky is the limit.”

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Mary Grauerholz

Mary Grauerholz is the communications manager of the Cape Cod Foundation and a freelance writer.

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