Wow!! New Technology for New Bathrooms

Technology is pervasive in our lives, providing added convenience and time savings not to mention a healthy dose of wow! At the 2019 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, the industry’s largest trade show, manufacturers unveiled a bevy of new technology for the bath to bring more functionality and pleasure to homeowners and builders


KBIS, promoted LED lighting features incorporated into tubs, mirrors, vanities, sinks and water closets to provide the right levels of light to better match natural biological processes commonly referred to as circadian rhythms. Controlling lighting levels helps prevent the jolt to your system that bright lights can create when you have to use the bathroom in the middle of the night or early in the morning before the sun comes up. Today’s lighting controls enable homeowners to navigate in the bathroom by providing a gentle glow, or program lighting levels to match needs and lifestyles.

Lighting can be controlled and activated through applications, motion control sensors, voice commands or home assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home. Home assistance can fill a bathtub, turn on a shower, adjust mirror lighting, start a steam bath, play music or activate other smart devices in your home. One manufacturer has embedded Alexa in a mirror so that homeowners can utilize all of Alexa’s functionality while preparing for the day ahead or a night on the town.

Customization is another benefit of technological advances for the bath. Homeowners now have the ability to set the water temperature, steam temperature and lighting preferences for every member of their family in the shower. Advances in showerheads enable homeowners to change spray patterns through Bluetooth-enabled devices thereby eliminating the need to change settings physically. It’s a great feature, especially for those who may have a difficult time reaching the showerhead.

If you thought you had to take a ride on a space ship to float in a gravity-free zone, think again. New, more cost-effective models of tubs that create a zero-gravity environment are available for homeowners. Other high-tech tubs on display combined air technology with a waterfall that massages shoulders while you soak, and featured light and aroma therapies that help to wash away the stresses of the day.

Other fascinating products like water closets that are self-cleaning and deodorizing and an expansion of bidet seats and functionality. Alexa has also been integrated into one toilet model, which enables customers to check the weather, order a driver service or listen to music while on the John.

If you are interested in incorporating technologically advanced products into your new bathroom that make your life easier, more enjoyable and fun, please give us a call Mon – Fri 9 to 5 305-442-2550 visit us on the Web Designer’s Plumbing & Hardware

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The Only Thing To Fear Is Fear Itself

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The initial elation of moving into a new home usually wanes over time. The way we live, entertain and relax undergoes a metamorphosis. We may start families or change careers. Children leave the nest. Hobbies become passions. Aging is a fact of life and change is a constant, but your home might not keep up.

Sure, you can redecorate, add a coat of paint, buy new furniture and give cabinets a facelift with new hardware and accessories. Certainly, cosmetic repairs can help create a different feel within the home, but they may not meet new lifestyle needs. That’s when you decide that you have earned that great new bathroom that doubles as an in-home spa. When you take the plunge, you can incorporate new technology and add fabulously inventive products that will bring smiles to the faces of your family and friends every time they cross your threshold.

But disrupting the status quo and undertaking a construction project with many unknowns is scary, messy and, at times, unpleasant. No remodeling project goes exactly as planned. We know you have probably heard horror stories from friends or acquaintances who have renovated. They may make the case that it’s not worth the hassle.

Most everyone wants the benefits of a well thought out and executed remodel, but many are afraid. The fear of the unknown is powerful and surprises along the way are rarely pleasant. But what happens if you do not take the risk? You are stuck in a place that just doesn’t feel right and doesn’t suit your lifestyle. Why not put together your dream team and tackle this opportunity now and stop making excuses?

Everyday our experienced showroom professionals work with talented trade professionals. Our showroom offers the finest fixtures, shower systems, furniture, hardware and cutting-edge lighting products available in the marketplace. But that’s not only what makes our showroom a valued resource for your project. The difference maker is a team of knowledgeable sales professionals that represent the partner you need for your new bathroom project.

We understand that remodeling can be a daunting task. We also know the benefits far outweigh the risks. If you want to avoid being the one who looks back later and says “we should of done something”, please come visit Designer’s Plumbing & Hardware  discuss your dream home with one of our sales professionals.

After all, it’s your home we are talking about.


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DPH AT ISH2The World’s Leading Trade Fair for The Bathroom Experience took place in Frankfurt last week.  I was fortunate enough to attend!

ISH has everything, from sustainable sanitation solutions to the most innovative in bathroom design.  The fair covers all aspects of future-oriented building solutions in both horizontal and vertical terms.

Over 2,400 exhibitors, including all market leaders from home and abroad, launch their latest products, technologies and solutions onto the world market at ISH.


Electronics in the bathroom is definitely a force!  From remote controls faucets, toilets, etc.. to Drinking water that is cold, filtered AND Sparkling!

Finishes are a BIG THING!  Bronze metalics, Matte black and white, Rose GOLD
Satin GOLD –  Beautiful new and exciting things are happening to faucets of all kinds!


I am very excited that the most innovative in Design are companies that are already part of our manufacturing groups.


ALAPE – Edge furniture

ZUCCHETTI – Closer and Nude

FALPER – EDGE furniture with stainless steel fronts

TEUCO – Seaside tubs

POMD’OR – Mirage Accessories

HEWI –  Bold and beautiful pieces for ADA BATHS





I find myself discussing design, quality and reliability more often today than ever.

The internet has made us all visual shoppers.  We can not determine, by looking at pictures only, the value of the product.  It is hard to differentiate, and usually we only find out after the purchase, or not even then, as we never get to experience the items we did not buy.


The showrooms and stores still provide the only way you can comparison shop properly.  Pictures are very deceiving  and the products all look beautiful.  In Plumbing at least, the brand will give you the first clue of quality, but not always.  Just because you recognize the name,  it does not mean quality.  It might mean Company size, or marketing.

The design will also tell you a lot about the product, but you do not see the quality of the execution.  The lack of straight lines, the bluntness of edges or corners are not visible in the screen shot,  but will make a product look and feel inferior once in your hands.

Manufacturing in metals particularly becomes costly when done right.  Less expensive versions have to cut corners in order to produce a cheaper product.  You may not see it in the picture, but the lack of quality is still there.   Metal finishes are also dangerous.  Zinc products in pol chrome look OK, but do not do well  in other finishes.

The beauty of a well designed product sometimes is not apparent at first glance.  The three dimensional perception is lacking when shopping on line,  and we can not appreciate depth or volume when all we have is a flat surface.

The quality of products that are used in a home matter.  These are not products that can be easily replaced.  Once purchased we should expect not to have to change or repair it for a long time.  If the product will not survive the use and abuse of a modern home, why buy it?

COME SEE US!  We will help you choose the high quality product for the BEST PRICE POSSIBLE.

Ada Aldana


The Technology revolution we have all experienced  in communications  is now also present in Lighting.  Are you aware of the endless possibilities available with LED lights?

We at DPH, are constantly experimenting with the many products available to us.

Strip lighting, indirect lighting, spot lighting, will allow you to create ambiance without sacrificing space, or design.


Light is a fundamental part of life, one that noticeably affects our well being. Adding lights into furniture, furnishings and even walls, will add another layer to the design, a fourth dimension.

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Low heat emission, small fixture size and long service life make LED’s ideally suited for designing with light.  Subtle nuances in ambiance can be created and specific room areas can be separated or accentuated to create a perfectly composed, holistic effect.

We have added many ideas and continue to update frequently our section on Towel warmers and Lights.  Come visit!

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Who is who?

Who is who at Designers’s Plumbing & Hardware

Let me introduce the group:

Kathrinn –  Her friendly face is the first one you encounter upon entering DPH She has been with us for less than a year, and yet she is part of the family already! Outgoing and vivacious, she has learned a lot about plumbing and can start the process for you, She has other talents… she is a great photographer,  trouble shooter  and makes incredible Cuban coffee. She treats every customer as if they are guest in her own house!

David –  HE IS THE MAN!  In this business for 15 years, he probably knows more plumbing AND Door hardware than most anyone in town.   Plumbers across the So Florida area know of his vast knowledge, and his hidden drawer of secret weapons to fix “things”. He loves design,  and can spend hours talking to you of what is the best option for a soap dispenser, or a shower valve.  His customers really, really love him!

Ada – Owner of DPH, she has been in the business since 1986.  Remembers every customer, and feels very proud of serving multiple generations of the same family. Travels to shows around the world, and makes sure DP has the newest and the BEST to offer our clientele.  She still loves to get involved in daily sales, and see pictures of the finished work.

Vivian – Has been at DP for seven years.  The most gracious lady you will ever meet!  She is patient, persistent and never gives up until its perfect!!!  She worries about her customers project more than if it were her own.   She is the last to leave the showroom every night,  always thinking of one more thing she can do to make things HAPPEN!

Patry –  She has been with us now for five years.  She started doing specs, but quickly got into sales. She LOVES people!  And of course people love her!  Happy, energetic and oh so sweet!   She loves to help everyone.  She will go the extra mile to make sure her customers are happy.

We then have the back up team.

Karla – who follows up and makes sure all the orders arrive on time

Alberto – who manages the warehouse, inspects the merchandise and schedules all deliveries

Christian-  our driver!  Another friendly face, he is a true ambassador as he goes around making his deliveries

Daniel – our high school intern.  He helps everyone in the warehouse… always bright and energetic

Gyllian – Also a high school intern,  She keeps us organized.  Comes every afternoon to make sure all the files are properly maintained, and all the supplies are in their place.

Ana – our off site support in data entry, purchasing, social media, shipping coordinator and more.

Last but not Least – Dayana , currently on pregnancy leave,  but she is our Social Media, Presentation and Marketing person.  We miss her!



I am so excited that this show  is coming to Miami.  We at DPH have been attending the New York show every year for the last 5 Years!

It has always been the best show to attend !

I am looking forward to this show because:

  • They do concentrate on Great Design
  • They present it better than anyone else
  • They bring in the BEST manufacturers
  • They bring in the NEW and EXCITING designs


We should make sure that they are Succesful, so that we get the chance to see all of this


Go to their website and look at the NY show…

Register  for ICFF Miami  ( Oct 5 & 6) and ENJOY!!!!



You have now done your research, spent hours on these sites,  and you have LOADS of ideas of how you want your bathroom to look.  If you are at all like the “average consumer” ,  the internet has educated you, but with knowledge,  comes confusion.  ALL the pictures look pretty!  Why spend $500 when there is similar product for $150?  Why the difference?

You know…. In the internet and in real life, you usually get what you pay for!  There are ways to save, but BEWARE!  If it is unbelievably inexpensive,  WORRY!

You know what to buy when you select a dress, or a shirt, or a pair of shoes.  You have been shopping for those all your life.  Plumbing… well, most consumers will buy a bathroom maybe twice or three times in their lifetime.  Expertise is important!

We at DPH work very hard at determining quality vs price point.  We will not try to fool you into thinking the $200 faucet is the same as the $1200, and we carry both!

Design, construction, brass content, ceramic cartridges, water volume, all of these things matter and you need to take them into consideration when deciding your price point.

We also know that we ALL HAVE A BUDGET –  We will guide you thru the painful selection of style / and price, so that you end up with the best YOU can buy.

You can not accomplish doing that  in the internet.   You can not get that in a BIG box store with people that have little experience. Come and see us with all your new plans!  We will help you sort that one out!

Then, you can make an EDUCATED decision of what is truly right for YOU!

We welcome you to real Knowledge!