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Luxurious Home Showers No Longer Just Reserved For Affluent Retreats

Shower sensations: Channeling the chic sensibility of lavish resort spas, luxurious home showers are no longer just reserved for affluent retreats.

Evolving from a place with a distinct purpose to a lavish escape, home showers are becoming a peaceful getaway and the focal point of the bathroom.

Incorporating features such as steam rooms, surround sound speakers, LED chromatherapy lighting, benches, shelving, showerheads that resemble the undeniable sensation of gentle raindrops with the help of air-injection technology and massaging body sprays at every level, home showers are becoming a therapeutic relief in which many homeowners are quickly investing.

“Showers have become the epicenter of the bathroom,” says Jeremy Smith of Central Arizona Supply. “Homeowners no longer feel they have to have a great bathtub. Instead, there are so many amazing features in showers that are being taken advantage of that are giving the therapeutic aspects that the bath used to give.”

Photo: Picasso Tile and StoneworkAs bathtubs are now becoming more of an aesthetically pleasing element than regularly-used items, it’s out with the sunken soakers and in with the spa and sauna-like showers.

“What is being done to these rooms today has become more of a place of retreat than just a place to quickly get things done,” says Tim Thacker, owner of COHACO Building Specialties, explaining the changing faces of in-home showers. “The bathroom has become a place to relax, retire and rejuvenate.”

According to Thacker, a big part in this maturing trend is the multitude of options in materials and technology available today.

From matching faucets and handles to calming tile accents and streamlined shower enclosures, bathrooms have evolved beyond the spa and incorporated a personalized touch to suit a homeowner’s specific needs and wants.

Becoming a popular home investment, an added bonus to these upgrades, according to Smith, is that they are now able to reach a wider range of customers due to competitive price markets lowering the cost of such items. As a result, what is considered a lavish upgrade can now be a more attainable addition to any homeowner’s bathroom.

With such a large selection of bells and whistles to make your home shower resemble the spa of your dreams, homeowners are urged to test before they buy and explore every option available. Smith strongly suggests working closely with your contractor so every detail is appropriately accommodated to meet both your needs and your body’s needs for the best therapeutic results.

For those considering incorporating spa-like features, Thacker says, “Homeowners are finding that the money used in this area is very well spent. It has been proven that in a remodel, the money spent in redesigning a bathroom will always allow you to recoup your expenses when the home is sold or just having it reappraised.”

Manufactures are now starting to mix the perks of top-quality, in-home saunas, steam rooms and luxurious showers, manufactures with products that incorporate more sustainable and water-saving technologies.

“We see many features such as smart temp-controlled valves and insta-hot water to replace water heaters for more saving attributes,” says Melissa Kale, president of Picasso Tile and Stonework.

According to Smith, the addition of such eco-conscious elements is, “definitely the next frontier.”

For more information about transforming your home shower into a spa retreat, visit:

Central Arizona Supply
16431 N. 90th St., # 100, Scottsdale
(480) 922-9191

Picasso Tile & Stonework
126 W. Forest Grove Ave., Phoenix
(602) 225-0525

COHACO Building Specialties
9700 N. 91st Ave., #130, Peoria
(623) 748-0859

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2012

5 Eco-Friendly Home Upgrades

It’s Easy Being (and Saving) Green: 5 Eco-Friendly Home Upgrades

Central Arizona Supply offers energy-efficient, cost-saving solutions for your home with these five eco-friendly home upgrades.

With homeowners becoming more eco-minded when upgrading their homes, questions of cost and energy savings are big factors in deciding what to upgrade around the house.

“You don’t have to radically change your lifestyle to incorporate eco-friendly upgrades into your home,” says Jeremy Smith of Central Arizona Supply, the Valley’s largest supplier of waterware, lighting and hardware. “A few simple changes done in conjunction with one another can have a significant impact not only on your wallet, but also increase your comfort, reduce waste and pollution and help save natural resources.”

Central Arizona Supply suggests five eco-friendly home upgrades that offer the biggest bang for your buck, giving “going green” a whole new meaning.

Top 5 Eco-Friendly Home Upgrades:

Install a tankless water heater (estimated cost: $800-$2,000)

Many homeowners are discovering that tankless water heaters can meet their needs for an endless hot water supply. Compact and efficient, tankless water heaters do not store hot water, as traditional heaters do, but instead heat water on demand. Up to 80 percent of a traditional heater’s energy is used reheating the stored water, so a tankless heater can result in significant energy savings. Tankless heaters also conserve space and will last 20 years or more, compared to 10-15 years for a traditional heater.

Replace your showerhead (estimated cost: $50-$250)

By replacing your showerhead, you can save up to 2,300 gallons of water annually, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This doesn’t mean sacrificing the quality of your shower. Technology has come a long way within the past year and brands like Grohe, Jaclo and Brizo have created mist systems and air-infused showerheads that give the perception of more water and high pressure.

Add an aerator to your faucet (estimated cost: $2-$10)

You can save another 500 gallons of water annually simply by replacing a standard aerator. Low-flow aerators cut water and energy usage while maintaining adequate water pressure.

Opt for an extreme low-flow toilet (estimated cost: $150-$500)

Don’t flush potential savings down the drain. The EPA estimates that a family of four who replaces older toilets with WaterSense-labeled models will, on average, save more than $90 annually on their water bill and $2,000 over the toilet’s lifetime. Toilets account for the majority of a home’s water usage — between 30 and 50 percent of daily water consumption. All toilets manufactured and sold in the U.S. are now required to use 1.6 gallons of water or less per flush. Older models use between three and five gallons. Niagara brand toilets use only 0.8 gallons of water per flush and pay for themselves in two years.

Switch to CFLs in your light fixtures (estimated Cost: $2.50-$10)

By far, the easiest way to go green and save money is to switch out your light bulbs. CFLs, or compact fluorescent bulbs, use 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. You can save more than $65 annually. Now that’s a bright idea!

For more information about going green and the eco-friendly home upgrades discussed, call Central Arizona Supply at (480) 834-5817  or visit centralazsupply.com.

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Early-1900’s Barn Wood Repurposed For Central Arizona Supply Showroom

Jeremy Smith mixes historic and modern elements for Central Arizona Supply’s The Studio Showroom.

Last month, Valley plumbing and heating supply company Central Arizona Supply unveiled its newest showroom The Studio, location in central Phoenix. The “Mad Men” inspired grand opening created buzz with its candy cigarette girl, Moscow Mule cocktails and spontaneous flash mob dance.

But the real star of the night was the 10,000-square-foot showroom itself, designed by Central Arizona Supply’s Jeremy Smith.

“[In] each of my showrooms, I have always tried to create a different feel for and reflect the type of customer or environment of a community that the showroom sits in,”Smith says. “So, with this showroom, I wanted something warmer, something that had a touch of history, but [that would be] clean and modern.”

Smith’s search for an historic design element led him far away from central Phoenix — to a century-old barn in western Illinois.

“The barn wood idea came about because I could use this old historic wood, repurpose it and make something fresh-looking,” Smith adds. “My family is from western Illinois and moved out here in 1968. When I grew up, we went back there to visit family every year. So, when I told my dad I wanted barn wood for this showroom, he called my uncle in Illinois, who called some friends, and a few weeks later, I was on a flight to Illinois to visit my grandmother and find a barn to tear down.”

Smith explains that their search took them literally over the river and through the woods to an abandoned barn, which sat on a farm owned by an old family friend.


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“I thought tearing the barn down was going to be a huge challenge,” Smith says. “My uncle and I went through town and got a couple of guys to help us. I rented a generator and had borrowed some tools. But as we got out there, the barn was so weathered that it was easy just to pull the boards off of the barn.”

Smith and his uncle then loaded the wood and a number of antiques to be used in the showroom onto a trailer and made the drive back to Arizona.

The wood was ultimately repurposed in two architectural elements in the showroom — one behind the reception desk and the other behind the showroom counter. Other than pulling some rusty nails out of the boards and peeling off the ivy, Smith wanted the wood to remain largely unaltered.

“You will notice on the architectural piece we created that the edges are rough,” Smith says. “These pieces were at the foundation of the barn and were more weathered than the rest. I didn’t want to make these perfect, clean cuts in the boards; I wanted you to see that this truly was reclaimed, old barn wood that had a rich history and will continue that history.”

For Smith, the trip to Illinois was bittersweet. His grandmother passed away shortly after he returned to Phoenix.

“I got back to Illinois at least one time a year my entire life to visit my grandma and family and to enjoy a life that is different from my everyday,” Smith says. “I played cards, I would work on the farm, I went mushrooming in the woods, and I learned to bake a pie from my grandma. So this barn wood is a very cool design element that blends historic elements into something modern; but when I look at it, it also reflects history and a time in my life that is filled with love and memories that I will cherish, which to me is really the best design of all — one that reflects who you are and where you still have left to go.”

For more information on Central Arizona Supply’s new showroom visit:

Central Arizona Supply
The Studio in Phoenix
4750 N. 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85014
(602) 943-3488

Spa Retreat - Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

Turn Your Master Bath Into A Spa Retreat

A Spa Sanctuary: Get away from it all and turn your master bath into a spa retreat

As you slip deeper into the bubbling, effervescent silky water, warming and moistening your body, your fingers trace the limestone tub. The lights dimmed low, you willingly release the pent up tension of the busy week; with work and kids, you haven’t had a chance to get away.

As you fall further into a calming state of meditation, your trance is broken once your mind begins to question when you were last at a spa. A few months ago? A year? Who cares — your bathroom’s your retreat now.

Not surprisingly, many Scottsdale residents have been ditching the hotel-based day spa and creating that spa experience right in their own bathrooms — for years, even — and they only continue to do so, especially with bathrooms growing in size.

But this doesn’t mean day spas don’t spark inspiration for homeowners just looking for an easier, more accessible means to de-stress and get away from it all — in their bathrooms.
“The bathroom is more than just a place to brush your teeth,” says Jeremy Smith of Central Arizona Supply in Scottsdale. “It’s now a place where you can take time to relax.

“What has really made it more spa-like and people creating more of a spa experience has definitely been led by people going to hotels,” Smith says, “and seeing these hotels have changed the way they do bathrooms.”

Paige Snodgrass, a showroom consultant at the Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery in Scottsdale, has witnessed this trend over the past year as well.

“Eight of every 10 clients I work with are trying to make (their master baths) more of a spa,” Snodgrass says. “This is truly a retreat for them.”

Both agree that homeowners are now spending the extra cash on themselves, to get what they want instead of merely what they need, to make more long-term goals with their master baths to make it that “special room,” as Snodgrass puts it.

“It’s the way of thinking that’s changed,” Smith says. “Now it is much more, ‘What do I want in this bathroom for myself?’ ”

Creating the experience can be as minimal as replacing a shower head to a complete, more elaborate remodel.

One shower head to consider is the Raindance AIR Series from Hansgrohe, which is an AIR-injected shower that adds one part air to every two parts water. Depending on the head and finish, you can purchase this item from $120 to more than $5,000.

“With this new technology, it feels like you’re standing in the rain, which is actually relaxing,” Smith says.

Over the past year, one change Smith has witnessed is an increase in freestanding bath sales. He says in the past, 90 percent of Central Arizona Supply’s sales were comprised of regular bathtubs. Now, it has become a battle of the baths with freestanding tubs taking 50 percent of the business.

“Freestanding can free up to two or three feet of space, making your current bathroom bigger,” Smith says. “So, that’s the reason you’re seeing this trend — as well as they’re beautiful, so it’s an aesthetic thing.”

Spa RetreatBut the regular bathtubs are fighting back — with the Jason Hydrotherapy tub.

“Since (the Jason Hydrotherapy tub) came out four months ago, our tub sales have gone through the roof,” Smith says, “and that has really balanced the freestanding baths we’ve been selling more of.”

Jason Hydrotherapy tubs, priced at $14,790, are unique in that they are the only tubs that use Microsilk, which are oxygen-rich microbubbles. These clouds of oxygen penetrate deep into your pores for a more thorough cleansing, moisturizing your skin. They also keep your bathwater warm, so you don’t have to add more hot water. It’s also “a technology they’ve been using to clean clams,” Smith adds.

Snodgrass calls bathtubs similar to the Jason Hydrotherapy tub “combination tubs.” These tubs have jets and air bubbles, and the purchaser can have the “best of both worlds,” she says. The No. 1 reason why customers will opt for these tubs in their spa bath? According to Snodgrass, it’s all about the health and stress-reducing benefits.

“The main reason people will put combination tubs in their master bath is for the therapeutic reasons to aid in mental wellness and help your mood,” she says.

Spa RetreatOther unique products Smith and Snodgrass have been selling in their respective showrooms include the Numi toilet, which comes complete with feet warming capabilities, a deodorizer, a heated seat, an integrated air dryer and more. “People love it,” Snodgrass adds. This product is perfect for those who want to spend more time in their bathrooms.

On the other hand, there’s the Electric Mirror waterproof TV. This amenity can be found in luxury hotels and can help complete the spa experience in your master bath, but it can also help those multitasking individuals maintain efficiency in the mornings.

A master bath remodel into a spa-like experience can range anywhere from $2,000 to $15,000. It just all depends on what you want and how much you want to spend.

“If you want pretty much a car wash in your bathroom or a toilet of the day, then more money will go into it to create that spa effect,” Snodgrass says.

For more information about how you can turn your master bath into a spa retreat:

Central Arizona Supply
16431 N. 90th St., Scottsdale
(480) 922-9191

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
8340 E. Raintree Dr., Bldg. A-1, Scottsdale
(480) 556-0103

Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012