Dishwashers, washing machines, and water heaters aren’t cheap, but when you think about the financial savings associated with the energy and water savings of these newer models, you might want to upgrade them before their time runs out anyway. The US Department of Energy’s website even has a handy calculator that can determine just how much savings you would accumulate by switching out older appliances for the newest models:
Conservation efforts are becoming a necessity that will only continue to increase over time. Please let us know if you have any questions about the recommendations we’ve listed above or need help implementing them in any way. Happy Earth Day!
The newest concept out of the German design firm Dornbracht has taken showering to a horizontal level. Their innovative, and arguably much sought after, Horizontal ShowerATT design, seamlessly combines two of the most relaxing combinations ever: hot showers and lying down.
The Horizontal ShowerATT provides, for the first time, a reclining shower experience. The application includes six WaterBars that are recessed in a wide-area shower field located above a reclining space. The shower uses a central eTool control, built into the head area of the recliner, to act as a main control element; making it convenient to operate while lying down. Three pre-programmed choreographies offer Balancing, Energizing or De-Stressing effects by controlling the water’s temperature, intensity and quantity. Occupants can recline on their back, side or front to enjoy the flows.
“With Horizontal Shower, we are transporting the showering experience into a new dimension,” CEO Andreas Dornbracht said in a release. “The result is total relaxation, the kind only experienced by someone reclining. Tension in the head and muscles melts away, everyday stress is washed away with the water; body and mind are revitalized.”
The cost? Only $35,000 to build, but when considering you shower on an almost daily basis, some may consider it well worth it.
Hot, muggy summers can bring about significant growth issues in your greenery enclosure. While summer fungus–such as the scandalous fine mildew–might not be specifically deadly to your plants, it can bring about compelling scourge that spreads quickly and quickens fall lethargy. What’s more, if left unttreated, scourge can at last murder a plant. Try not to give growth a chance to assume control … Read More
Vessel sinks truly couldn’t be any more classic. After all, the bathroom vessel sink is a direct descendant of the earliest sink—the wash basin—which, in the days before indoor plumbing, was never without its trusty sidekick, the pitcher. Showy and perfect for a powder room that’s crying out for a new look. And if yours is made of something extraordinary—think of brushed nickel, natural stone, or hammered copper — there’s no better way to display this material, and to turn it into a work of art than to opt for a vessel sink. When considering whether or not one suits a particular space, these pros and cons are worth taking into account:
Stylish. A conversation piece that can’t be beaten for adding interest and high-end panache to the bathroom.
Versatile. Usually bowl-shaped, they are also available in rectangular shapes—both boxy and with flared edges—as well as in swooping sculptural and nature-inspired shapes. Depending on the material used and the faucet selected, they can skew toward primitive or modern, sleek or substantial. It can be mounted above the counter or partially recessed.
Imaginative. Some designers and homeowners re-purpose vintage basins, pottery, and even galvanized buckets. These basins also afford the opportunity to re-purpose vintage, unique, or much-loved pieces of furniture as vanities. The faucet you select also affects the final design.
Changeable. Easier to swap out than an undermount sink, which is typically wedged and sealed beneath the countertop. This way if you tire of a glass one, your plumber or contractor can more easily swap it out for one made of a different material. Today they come in brushed nickel finishes, copper, concrete, glass, porcelain, natural stone—the options are really endless.
Comfortable. If consideration is given to the height of the person who will be using the sink, this sinks can prove to be more ergonomic. Most traditional bath vanities are between 32 and 34 inches tall. A vessel sink can rise from two to six inches above the countertop, increasing the comfort level of users of various heights. To get the height just right for the sink’s primary users, a professional interior designer, plumber, or contractor can help you with your design and installation options.
Easy to Install. Perhaps the easiest type of sink to install, they don’t require countertop cut-outs. It just needs a 1 3/4″ hole to accommodate the sink drain.
Spacious. Many models—especially those made of clear glass—have an airy look; most models free up some counter space.
Splashing. Though more prone to splashing, they don’t have to be. A professional can assist you with the proper faucet selection, height, reach, and placement of the faucet to minimizing splashing. Also, select a faucet equipped with an aerator, which will naturally create a non-splashing water stream.
Cleaning. With two visible surfaces, it may require extra cleaning and maintenance. This is especially the case with glass and plastic, which can show water spots. To clean between the base of the sink and the countertop, homeowners and housekeepers quickly learn the simple “cleaning rag wedge” trick or use a long, thin brush to access this area.
Price. Many people believe that they are more expensive than undermount sinks since they communicate high style, but as they have become more mainstream, the price options have changed significantly.
Stability. If improperly installed, taller sinks may present stability issues and may not work well with young children, who will be tempted to grab on to the sides to pull themselves up. If you have your trustworthy plumber or contractor in your contacts list, this will be a non-issue. Likewise, a partially recessed installation can bolster a sink’s stability.
Durability. Some sink models may be more prone to chipping or damage as the edge is exposed. This is not of concern with hardier materials such as copper and concrete.
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How many of you, women AND men, are annoyed with the never ending seat up vs. seat down bathroom war?
Well, a Utah man has created The Main Drain, an in-home urinal system that works without the need for lifting the seat and all but eliminates the unsanitary splashing that tends to cover surrounding surfaces. Essentially, it seems to solve many of the nasty problems associated with men going to the bathroom. Ladies, intrigued yet? Plus, according to the inventor, Dan Garvin, a urinal is something that 9 out of 10 men wish they had in their home.
When it comes to cleaning, and we’re not going to assume that only one gender is tasked with this chore so everyone take note, the cleaning process seems to be a breeze as well. For an in-depth description of how it works, take a look at the video above.
A fair warning: this hasn’t come to market yet so don’t get too excited. If you’re beyond in love with it though, Garvin has a Kickstarter Page where he’s trying to raise $50,000 to bring his dream to the mainstream market. Regardless, we’d still love to know what you think so let us know with a quick “yay” or “nay” in the comments section below.
Three Best Rated has selected Neptune Plumbing as one of their Top 3 Local Plumbers in the greater Cleveland area! Three Best Rated is a website that selects the top three local businesses per category in major cities across the U.S. Their selections are based on customer reviews, company history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust, cost and general excellence and each selection is individually verified by their employees. Furthermore, customers do not need to sign up or pay to use their website and Three Best Rated does not serve as a middleman establishing the connection between customer and company. They simply publish their top selections, including contact information, and allow the customers to decide what company works best for them.
We certainly appreciate this acknowledgement as it is a direct reflection of our employees, the work that we provide, and the priceless word of mouth that our customers continue to spread.