Meet David Gent, showroom consultant and CrossFit enthusiast, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, Roanoke, VA.
He brings you…
17 years of wide-ranging experience at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, having joined the Ferguson Trainee program upon graduating from Virginia Tech with degrees in business and international studies. “I got drawn into this business and really like decorative plumbing. I enjoy the relationships and being a part of what people are trying to do with their homes.”
primarily in a higher end residential bath and kitchen remodeling, and can help you with anything from a $100,000 master bath renovation to a simple kitchen faucet replacement.
starting out by sharing any Pinterest or Houzz albums with him so he can get a sense of what you like. But if you don’t have them, or aren’t sure what you like, he can help you find your style.
you by putting together a detailed shopping list as you walk though the showroom together. “I always start with the sink faucet, because once you lock in the style and finish, it guides the whole rest of the process.” Then he makes sure you haven’t overlooked anything essential like an exhaust fan to bring the whole project together.
you not to overlook lighting. “It affects the mood and the function of the space. People don’t give it the respect it deserves. Then they end up trying to shave or put on makeup with shadows on their face. There are so many layers of lighting that need a thoughtful plan, instead of randomly putting up some can lights.”
if you are planning to stay in your home, think ahead to what your life stage may be in five years or more. “A lot of clients don’t, but they should consider the age of the user and functionality, not just style. You may love the cross handle faucet now but down the road as your grip strength changes, the lever handle might be a better choice.
“You don’t have to put grab bars in your shower now, but be sure you have the wall support in case you want to have them installed in the future.”
He encourages you…
to pick what you like rather than getting caught up in resale value. “Nine times out of 10 whoever buys the house will change the bathroom out, so don’t worry about what someone else will want. Enjoy it yourself and make it your space.
“And don’t be afraid to go with some color. Everybody does white and chrome; these are the most popular. But a splash of color in a toilet, sink or faucet handle can be a fun focal point.”
it can be challenging staying on budget. “Generally you’ll go 25% to 30% over your initial budget or allowance with your first selections. We are here to help you value engineer your choices to get you where you want to be. And there may be some smart ways to shift money around within the project, such as using paint instead of wallpaper.”
product selection to provide follow up technical support. “In addition, we offer financing and references to contractors and builders we’ve worked with for years. And we can refer you to paint, tile and cabinetry products we don’t sell. If you buy online, you have nowhere to go.”
to be part of creating Horton Lofts, converting an old textile building in downtown Roanoke into five apartments, a large residential unit, plus retail spaces and a gallery. “It is part of the reinvention of downtown where more young people are moving. The lofts have a rustic industrial feel with open duct work and wood beams and floors.”
by following great designers on Instagram, as well as attending regular product training sessions conducted by manufacturers. Even though Roanoke remains very traditional, he sees a trend now toward “soft modern with cleaner lines.”
the DXV Golden Era Movement, inspired by the atmosphere of experimentation in the decorative arts and home goods from the 1920s to the 1950s. His favorite family of faucets is The Keefe Collection with their square, straight lines. When it comes to tubs and toilets, he is drawn to the Fitzgerald Collection that pays homage to the decadent style and flair of a true American original.
Keefe Collection from DXV Golden Era Movement
Fitzgerald Suite from DXV Golden Era Movement
For bathroom sinks, he loves the Pop Collection and finds their bold geometry and variety of sizes and shapes a great upgrade from a basic oval under mount sink.
Pop Collection from DXV Golden Era Movement
And he encourages anyone going to New York City to visit the DXV Showroom at Flatiron , 15 West 20th Street. “It’s not large but it’s great to see everything in one place.”
CrossFit, the high energy, high intensity interval training. “It’s a great workout in a short amount of time.” Other sports favorites are golf and Virginia Tech football and basketball. And speaking of high energy, high intensity, he keeps up with his two boys, ages four and six!