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Toilet Seats for Designer Bathrooms

Having a designer bathroom is a luxury that most people desire of. Now there are plenty of ways that you can go achieve the look of a designer bathroom these days, but most people don’t have the right budget to hire a professional or to remodel.

If that is the case, then you can always pick out some new paint, and add designer accessories like toilet seats that will match with your existing. Of course, if you are planning on adding urinals to your bathroom, then you need to figure out a way of tying it all together, so that it doesn’t look like a public restroom.

Toilet Seats for Designer Bathrooms
Toilet Seats for Designer Bathrooms

Most people go to the local merchant shop and pick up a toilet seat that is fairly inexpensive and easy to install. But compared to cheap toilet seats, designer seats are manufactured with high quality materials and lasts longer than ordinary seats. Of course, the designer seats are much more comfortable than those nasty cheap ones, and everyone wants to be as comfortable, as they would be using them for a quite long time.

Obviously, that is a choice that you are going to have to make depending on how much money you have and the theme that you are going with.

Something else you are going to have to think about is what kind of material you want your seat to be made out of. There is different material of toilet seats available in the market, such as plastic, acrylic and wood. Plastic is definitely not the way to go, but wood has always given a bathroom a great natural feel to it.

There are a lot of different wood grains available that you can have your seat made out of, if that is something you are interested in. You will also find a lot of composite materials that are becoming quite popular these days, which will last longer than any other material.

You just have to figure out what your theme is going to be in your bathroom, and purchase the appropriate seat to match. The good thing about the composite materials is that you can have them made in any design and with any color combination. Now you have no reason not to have the best looking bathroom in the world, and you don’t have to pay someone to come in and do it for you. Simple little projects around the home can be easy and a lot of fun. It’s something that the entire family can become involved in and enjoy using as well. Nothing is better than creating the designer bathroom yourself.

Efficient Design with Green Bathrooms

By Erik Braunitzer, and courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate Company, agents for NYC Rentals.

For better or for worse, humanity’s relationship with bathrooms is a necessary part of life. A poorly designed bath can be a major source of water waste and a hazard to indoor air quality. However, by incorporating efficient design ideas and eco-friendly products in the renovation process, you can create a green bathroom that is both functional and fashionable.

Water is one of earth’s most precious resources and the unlimited consumption of water poses a serious threat to the survival of every life-form on the planet. Since nearly every fixture in the bathroom is connected to or affected by water use, it is paramount that these items be chosen with care.

Efficient Design with Green Bathrooms
Efficient Design with Green Bathrooms

Replacing leaky faucets and shower heads are obvious ways to reduce water waste, but their replacements must be thoughtfully selected. Low-flow shower heads and faucets reduce the amount of water used yet provide sufficient water pressure that does not compromise cleanliness.

In a typical residence, toilets account for nearly 30% of a household’s water usage. The installation of dual-flush toilets may conserve more than 10,000 gallons of water per year. Dual-flush mechanisms simply give the user the option to adjust the amount of water used for every flush. Toilets may be purchased with the dual-flush mechanism built-in or it may be installed in an existing toilet for less than $100. The low-flow toilet is another product that has been used successfully to reduce water usage.

Frequent water usage in such close confines can foster the growth of mold and mildew on bathroom surfaces, particularly if adequate ventilation is not provided. Employing energy efficient exhaust fans can assist in successfully combatting this common problem. Exhaust fan systems should be installed with timer switches for automatic shut-off to conserve electricity that may be lost when someone neglects to turn it off. Heat-exchange ventilators are designed to help maintain a comfortable temperature in the bathroom by utilizing warm air from within the bathroom to heat cold air being circulated from outside.

Much is being said about VOCs, or volatile organic compounds and how they contribute to poor indoor air quality. Many bathroom renovation projects include painting surfaces, replacing flooring and the resurfacing of tubs and basins. Unfortunately, many paints, adhesives and other vinyl products contain VOCs capable of releasing harmful emissions into the air.

There are several ways to reduce the toxic impact often associated with home improvement products. Try installing ceramic or recycled glass tiles and using non-toxic cement. Choose low VOC paints or adhesive products when repainting or resurfacing countertops. Select cabinetry and countertops partially made from recycled products and use finishes that are formaldehyde-free.

A green bathroom renovation project should be topped off with eco-friendly lighting choices to illuminate your newly-beautified space. LED lights have a 15 to 20 year life span and use less electricity than incandescent bulbs. Solar light tubes are also an excellent way to bring sunlight into interior bathrooms that cannot accommodate window placement. Sunlight may also inhibit mold growth on bathroom surfaces when used in conjunction with exhaust fans.

One downside of bathroom renovations is that such projects often generate significant amounts of construction debris. Nearly 50% of the trash hauled off to already overflowing landfills comes from construction debris. Rather than dragging usable leftover fixtures out to the curb for trash pick-up, why not donate them for reuse or recycling? Making your bathroom renovation green from start to finish may set off a chain reaction of green- living acts in your community!

Adding a Wet Room to your Home

One aspect of home remodeling that seems to be catching on around the world is the addition of a wet room. A wet room is basically a shower stall that has no door to it and allows you to utilize more space in your bathroom. Instead of having a tub and shower with walls and a door, you simply tile the entire bathroom and remove the tub.

This lets you have a shower in a smaller sized bathroom and it doesn’t require near as much cleaning, either. Not only can this add an additional full bath to your home, but it could also add equity to your home.

Wet Room
Wet Room

One thing that you will have to understand is that installing wet rooms bathrooms in a home is that you need to make sure you hire a professional to do it. This is not a job that should be done by yourself as a weekend project. You will need to be able to put a gradient in the flooring so that the water drains the right way and that requires special skills. Also, make sure that you have the right kind tiles for your wet room. You will want to get tiles that are not porous or it could end up causing water damage later on.

One you have your wet room installed and working correctly, it’s time for you to find accessories to add that can handle the water that will be used in it. There are places that have heated towel rail sale options specifically for wet rooms that you can utilize. These sales will allow you to have a towel rack in your wet room so that you can easily reach the towel when you are done taking your shower.

Having a wet room added into your home can be a great thing. It can bring in a bit more equity, and that means more money when you decide to sell. In addition, it can give you an extra shower for you and your guests. Just remember that it is a job for a professional and can end up costing you a good bit of money, so be prepared. Of course, you will be pleased with the results of the work.