BY CHARLYNE VARKONYI SCHAUB
One investment in your home that typically pays off when you sell is to remodel the kitchen or the bath. Today we can make our bathrooms resemble home spas and our kitchens look like a master chef is behind the burners. Here are some of the latest innovations – from tubs that look more like furniture to induction cook tops with Japanese-grill accessories.
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, rising stars of European design who have been compared to Philippe Starck, recently launched their Axor Bouroullec Collection for Hansgrohe. The vanity, with room for a drop-in sink ($2,200), features the clean lines of a Parsons table. Sinks range from $998 for a wall-mounted one-shelf version to $1,098 for a large drop in with two shelves. Prices range from $428 for a single-hole faucet to $1,298 for a shelf with a single-hole faucet. Available at Farrey’s Wholesale Hardware, 1850 NE 146th St., North Miami Beach 33181, 305-947-5451, farreys.com; and Sophisticated Hardware, 4214 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables 33146, 305-444-5847; and 4000 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale 33308, 954-566-5931, www.sophisticatedhardware.com.
Looking for a clean, minimal style in your bathroom? One solution may be MTI’s Maddux 1 ($8,199) and Maddux 2 ($7,999) freestanding tubs. The tub, which comes in white or biscuit finish in matte or gloss, is designed with an angled interior backrest for comfortable soaking. Add an air bath option for $3,600. Available at Next Plumbing Supply, 15751 SW 41st St., Suite 800, Davie 33331, 954-217-8200, nextps.com; Everglades Design Center, 850 N. Dixie Highway, Boca Raton 33432, 561-395-6544, www.evergladesdesign.com; and Ferguson Enterprises South Florida locations, www.ferguson.com.
Wine lovers can show their appreciation for the grape with Bottles by Erin Adams for New Ravenna Mosaics. The backsplash, perfect for a kitchen or bar area, comes in Moonstone, Opal and Julius Jewel Glass. It sells for $214 a square foot and is made to measure. Available at Ceramic Matrix in Miami, West Palm Beach and Delray Beach. See www.ceramicmatrix.com
French doors fresh take
Sub-Zero has introduced a new 36-inch wide refrigerator featuring a pair of 18-inch French doors for smaller kitchens. It is available in stainless steel or as an overlay that can be flush inset. Suggested retail starts at $8,310. Available at House of Appliances, 600 N. Congress Ave., Delray Beach 33445,561-278-2299, www. houseofappliancesinc.com.
Furniture for the bath
Bathrooms have been evolving from functional to sophisticated. The Esplanade Collection by Duravit and Russian architect Sergei Tchoban features a bathtub ($8,750) designed to resemble a chaise lounge, a small vanity ($3,950), a large vanity ($4,950) and a toilet ($2,435). Available in “Oak,” a dark wood paneling; and “Silk,” a white varnish, from Wool Plumbing Supply, 1321 NE 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale 33304, 954-763-3632, www.woolsupply.com; and Farrey’s Lighting & Bath, 1850 NE 146th St., North Miami 33181, 305-947-5451, www.farreys.com.
Why settle for a simple vanity when you could relive the style of old Hollywood? Greta Garbo or Joan Crawford would be right at home in front of Waterworks’ Henry metal mirror vanity ($6,329). The vanity, with openings for two sinks, is made with metal and beveled mirror. Available at Waterworks showroom, 167 NE 39th St., Miami 33137, 305-573-7593, www.waterworks.com.
A powder-room sink, used mainly for washing hands rather than messy tooth brushing and shaving, allows us to select for style rather than practicality. An original answer is Premier Copper Products’ vessel sink of hammered copper in a bathtub shape with a hand-rubbed bronze finish ($566). Available at Ferguson Enterprises South Florida locations, www.ferguson.com; and www.faucetdirect.com.
ROHL has introduced a casement detail for an updated look on the classic apron-front sink ($1,771). Making these sinks with fireclay construction in England is a matter of pride for the artisans, who sign every sink they create. The surface resists scratches, alkaline and acids. Available in white and biscuit at Millers Fine Decorative Hardware, 501 S. Olive Ave.,West Palm Beach 33401, 561-837-9090, www.millershardware.com; and Ferguson EnterprisesSouth Florida locations,www.ferguson.com.
Collecting everything from fruit and vegetable peels to egg shells and coffee grounds for compost is made easier with Blanco’s Solon ($525), a below-the-counter vessel made from recycled stainless steel. It can be installed next to sinks or in any countertop for a seamless appearance. An attractive lid offers a hygienic seal that contains odors. Available at Wool Plumbing Supply, 1321 NE 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale 33304, 954-763-3632, woolsupply.com; and Next Plumbing Supply, for locations in Deerfield Beach, Davie and West Palm Beach, see www.nextps.com.
Thermador has introduced a new induction cook top that claims to be the largest on the market. It has an Anti-Overflow System that shuts off and sounds an alarm when liquids are detected on the surface. Induction, a cooking method that experts say is a cool, clean and more energy-efficient alternative to gas, is perfect for hot, humid South Florida because 90 percent of the heat goes into the pot. It heats fast like gas, but the burner – which isn’t as hot – cools quickly when the pot is removed. A tappanyaki grill like those you find in Japanese restaurants is available as an accessory. Price available upon request. Available at Coral Springs Appliance Center, 3500 Coral Ridge Drive, Coral Springs 33065, 954-752-3880, www.csappliances.com.