Sleek is in, at least in bathrooms. Where bathrooms once were designed with ornate cabinetry and a mix of finishes and flourishes, these days, modern, clean lines and clear glass are trendy…. Patricia Tetro, principal of Bowa in McLean, said homeowners request rain showerheads and handheld showers more than the body sprays that were popular a few years ago. “We put in a bench in the master shower and sometimes a shaving step to rest your foot on,” Ms. Tetro said. “We even sometimes put in a ‘toe tester,’ which is a tiny little faucet by the shower door that you can use to test the water temperature before you get into the shower.” Homeowners who choose to have a soaking tub or whirlpool tub focus more on the depth ofthe tub instead of the surrounding deck. Ms. Tetro said that free-standing, sculptural tubs are popular. One luxury that many homeowners choose is heated floors, and now homeowners can add heated floors and heated tile walls to their showers, she said. “You can set the heat with a timer so that the heat is ready when you get into the shower,” Ms. Tetro said.
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