For years the bath was just a place to serve the necessities of life. All that has changed — now there are showers like a tropical downpour, toilets that do the job for you, personal saunas with healthful benefits and more
1. Grohe’s new 16-inch Jumbo Rainshower sports 252 water nozzles delivering outstanding shower performance even at lower water pressures. It also features “Speed Clean” for easy anti-lime maintenance. www.grohe.com
2. The Neorest by Toto is the ultimate toilet. A lid that automatically opens and closes, bidet cleansing with pulsating washing, hands-free flush, warm air dryer, built-in air purifying system and an adjustable heated seat. www.totousa.com
3. The Temazkal by BainUltra is a dry heat sauna environment that includes thermotherapy, light therapy, aromatherapy and integrated mist atomizer for improved circulation, skin purifying, soothing muscle aches and more. www.bainultra.com
4. Heavy glass turns a bathroom into a place of beauty. Made with 3/8-inch glass, these doors perfectly combine form with function. Their luxurious look and feel are like that of fine crystal, plus all the beautiful tile work in your bath is in clear view. Basco frameless tub and shower enclosures, www.bascoshowerdoor.com
5.The Escale freestanding bath by Kohler takes its inspiration from Japanese ceramic tableware design. It is available with chromatherapy and massage options. The look can be complemented with basins, vanity tops and lavatories. www.kohler.com
The York Show House guest bath by Amy Thompson of Standard of New England was a total makeover. Thompson took the ’80s updated bath and made it look like it had always been there. Starting with the floor, she painted it a dark chocolate brown since tile is impractical on an uneven floor. The new clawfoot tub was given a“telephone handset” hand shower by Butler Mill for a relaxing shower European-style. The ring-type shower curtain maintains the period look and adds a bit of privacy. The commode is a Toto with G-Force action for super flushing ability.
The following list includes a selection of area dealers of kitchen and bath products.
Many stock or can order featured bath brands.
650 Amherst St., Nashua
(603) 886-1920, www.theperfecttile.com
Offering handcrafted tiles, glass and metal tiles and natural stones and stone mosaics. Design team will help you to choose the tile that best suits your project. Contemporary, natural and vintage tile themes available.
Baron’s Major Brands Appliance
Rt. 3, Laconia, (603) 524-0163; 350 Loudon Rd., Concord, (603) 224-8526; Rt. 125, Plaistow, (603) 612-0087; Rt. 28, Salem, (603) 893-9131; 591 Center St., Wolfeboro, (603) 569-3833.
TV and appliance chain offering all top brands ranging from Bosch to LG to Viking. Living Kitchen showroom in Salem shows products in kitchen vignettes to help you choose models for style and serviceability.
121 Lafayette Road, North Hampton
Granite kitchens, tub surrounds, mantels/hearths, granite vanities, table tops and custom pieces.
The Old City Hall
126 Daniel St., Portsmouth
55 South Commercial St., Manchester
(603) 296-0401 www.dovetailedkitchens.com
Award-winning showrooms in two distinctive locations specializing in elegant and practical solutions. Nationally recognized Certified Kitchen Designers assist from conception to fruition.
139 D.W. Hwy., Nashua
(603) 891-2916, www.adreamkitchen.com
Design and installation of unique custom cabinetry with a mission to improve clients’ lifestyles.
10 Allen St., Hanover
The region's center for interior design and fine furnishings. With a 38-year reputation for excellence, offering an urban selection of products with the most comprehensive service in northern New England: fine furniture, fabrics and trims, wallcoverings, lighting, bath and kitchen, architectural hardware, tile and stone, custom window treatments, floor coverings.
Granite Gallery, A Gerrity Stone Company
286 North Broadway, Salem (603) 898-2228;
Granite, marble and slate available in slabs and tiles for countertops, bath surrounds, flooring, fireplaces, hearths and furnishings.
The Ultimate Bath Distributors — The Granite Group
37 Amoskeag St., Manchester (603) 518-1501; Rte. 125, Rochester (603) 332-0550;
6 Storrs St., Concord (603) 224-1901;
22 Exeter Rd., Rte. 150, South Hampton
(603) 394-7740; 1035 Westford St., Lowell, MA (978) 458-3200
New England’s leader in state-of-the-art bathroom designs and products offers a showcase of bathroom ideas. Kohler brands and more.
373 South Willow Street, Manchester
Full service kitchen and bath remodeling company. Cabinetry products includeUltracraft , Cardell and Dakota Kitchen & Bath.
Lifestyles Kitchens & Baths
611 Breakfast Hill, Greenland
(603) 964-1771, www.lifestyleskitchens.com
Custom and semi-custom cabinetry showroom specializing in creative designs for kitchens and baths, home entertainment centers, home offices, pantries and laundry rooms.
New England Closet Design
PO Box 37, Grantham (866) 41CLOSET
Custom closets, built-ins, pantries, laundry rooms, garage storage systems, home office/workspace design.
Ripano Stoneworks Ltd.
90 East Hollis Street, Nashua (603) 886-6655
Custom stone fabrications: granite kitchen countertops, luxurious marble bathrooms, exotic stone fireplaces and one-of-a-kind furniture tops.
95A Sheep Davis Road/Route 106
Pembroke, (603) 224-9876
Fabricators of kitchen counters and island tops, stone sinks for the bath, plus vanities, shelves, shower walls, spas, fireplace surrounds, bar tops, furniture tops, grill stations.
Standard of New England LLC
100 West Road, Portsmouth
(603) 436-1400, www.standardne.com
Kitchen and bath showroom for architects, designers and homeowners. Kitchen and bath designers on staff. Grohe and Toto brands among others.
Traynor Glass Company
43 Gigante Dr., Hampstead (603) 329-6668
Full-service glass company offering a variety of services including custom shower enclosures, mirrors and bath accessories. BainUltra and more.
24 South St., Concord
(603) 224-2854, www.vintagekitchens.com
Design firm providing services in both the traditional and contemporary styles as well as cabinetry and countertops.
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This article appears in the September 2006 issue of New Hampshire Magazine