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We are fortunate to have many top-notch builders, designers and remodelers in the Detroit area, but when one is honored by a huge national organization for their innovation and quality, I really take notice. Tanya Woods of XStyles Bath & More in Bloomfield Hills, (248) 792-9112, xstylesbath.com, won the 2016 Best Bath award from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), NKBA.org, at its Industry Show held in Las Vegas.

Woods received national honors for a bathroom remodeling project she did for a home in Northville. Photos of the remodeled bathroom were featured on the thousands of tote bags that were handed out during the show.

“The owners didn’t like the original builder’s design for the bathroom, so they had the builder frame everything and make it functional and then we tore everything out and remodeled it,” she said.

For the 2016 NKBA Design Competition, a panel of six certified industry experts evaluated nearly 400 entries from across the United States and Canada. All participating projects were scored on various criteria, including safety and ergonomics, elements and principles of design, design planning, creativity, and presentation.

The NKBA noted that Woods emphasized the clients’ spirituality and love for the color purple in her design and that this large bath was remodeled with contemporary and linear flair that created a sense of togetherness.

While remodeling a bathroom in a new construction home isn’t common, Woods said she has been very busy doing bath remodeling projects for homes built in the 1990s, where homeowners have lived with the typical standard builder’s bathroom and now want to give it a new life.

“Our bath remodeling projects generally range from $18,000 to $85,000, and we are seeing a lot of people who aren’t worried about the impact on a home’s resale and want to get rid of their tub and put in a great free-standing shower in its place because they just don’t take baths anymore,” she said. “They really want to upgrade from the standard bath and customize it with new amenities and aesthetics.”

Whirlpool tubs, once a mainstay of many bathroom remodeling projects, have fallen out of favor, according to Woods.

“People like an improved experience when they upgrade their bath fixtures, including under-mount sinks, a good shower head with a spray adjustment, a hand-held shower and a bench they can sit on,” she said.

Porcelain tile is very popular, partially because of all the various styles available, such as mixed large and small formats and patterns like mosaics.

She also said that the previous economic downturn had some advantages in the bath fixtures market.

“A lot of manufacturers like Delta re-tooled their product line when the economy was bad to provide more stylish products at a value price, and that is benefiting customers today,” she said. “That allows us to provide the type of look our customers want for less.”

Like most remodeling projects these days, homeowners want the results to reflect their personalities and lifestyles, and the bathroom is one room that fits this concept perfectly. It is great to know that when it comes to bath remodeling, we have the best of the best right here in Metro Detroit.

If you would like to suggest a question for this column, e-mail askglenn@masterhandyman.com. If you want to talk to Glenn Haege, call his “Handyman Show” on WJR-AM (760) at (866) ASK GLENN, (866) 275-4536, from between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. “The Handyman Show” can be heard on more than 130 radio stations.

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