Straight from Chicago’s KBIS---- This year’s Kitchen and Bath Show featured more Green product than I remember in recent history! MANY manufacturers have realized that not all consumers are made of money and that there is a big market for ‘affordable’ remodeling options.
Kohler came out with a new product called the ‘Hydro Rail shower column’ which looks like a hand shower bar, but is actually a ‘plumbing bar’ that allows you to select any shower head and add it to the top of the bar and any hand shower and add it to the bar, without having to re plumb your shower wall. In other words, you do not have to remove the old valves and add new valves just because you want to change your shower head and/or want to add a hand shower.
Another super cool solution to the hand shower re plumbing issue is solved by Delta .In2ition features a detachable handshower, which can run separately from or simultaneously with the showerhead. It comes with its’ own diverter allowing you to select the shower head and hand shower, showerhead only or handshower only. The handshower ‘docks’ inside the shower head and is held in place with magnetic force. There is a pause function to save water while you are lathering as well as the super impressive stretchable hose!
Finally, another great remodeling product is the new flexible drain pipe from Kohler. PureFlo features a flexible overflow ell as well as a drain ell for easy installation to fit various bath angles. In laymens terms, it reduces plumbing costs by not having to move the tub drain. It offers standard 1 ½” OD flexible tubing and you can choose from a number of tub drains and overflow trims to finish off your remodel!