Industry Ed with Richard: Kitchen and Bath Guideline Series

In this post we will discuss the NKBA Kitchen and Bathroom Planning Guidelines, by first stating the guidelines and then pointing out their importance and giving insight on solutions and practices based on my industry experience. Find out more about NKBA here.

Radiant Floor Heating

Many times, only when it is cold outside do we think about heat in our bathrooms. Its always good to think ahead of time.

Heat Sources and Standards for your Master Bath

  • A bathroom heat source should maintain a minimum temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit. The central unit struggles with this if it is on an outside wall(s). A window(s) make it worse.
  • Common types of heat sources are: ceiling heat lamps, ceiling heat/vent system, toe kick heater in the base cabinet, wall heater and radiant floor heat.

My Experience

  • Radiant floor heat is the most comfortable efficient heat source. Imagine getting out of the tub, getting out of the the shower, or waking up in the middle of the night to use the facility and never be cold again.
  • It is thermostat controlled. The home owner can establish a desired temperature and never have to adjust it. Many systems are left on during the warm months but do not run because it is to warm.
  • If you have heated floors in the baths and warm blankets on the beds, you can set the central heat system down very low and sometimes off (especially if you live in Louisiana), because you will be dressed or heavily robed around the rest of the house. Many (myself included) don’t like sleeping with heat blowing on them.
  • Our master bath is 20 years old. It is ready for a face lift. Heated floors is on the top of my Wish List.
I hope you enjoy the information in my blog! Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions! – Richard

Pantone: 2016 Colors of the Year

As we’re sure you’ve heard: For the first time in history, in 2016 Pantone named two shades at their annual Color of the Year announcement. The two hues of honor, Rose Quartz and Serenity, actually play really well together.

Here are some general inspiration photos:

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Here are some PINKISH interiors that are sure to inspire you!

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Here are some BLUEISH interior that are sure to inspire you!

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History Lesson: Tolix Cafe Chair

“All merit goes to Xavier Pauchard (1880-1948) who was a pioneer of galvanisation in France. Shortly after World War 1, based in Autun, Burgundy, he found himself (a visionary and inventive entrepreneur) in charge of a flourishing manufacture of galvanised sheet-metal domesic items, which at the time, embodied household comfort. It was in 1927 that he registered the trademark TOLIX, at the same time converting to the «production of chairs, armchairs, stools and metal furnitures».”

The different models (rustproof, robust and stackable) conceived by Xavier Pauchard found their place directly inside factories, offices and hospitals, as well as outside, on cafe terraces and in public parks.” Source

Ourso Design’s Featured Project of the Month showcases the Trolix Cafe Chair in their Eclectic Industrial Farmhouse. See photos above.