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Going Green – Eco Friendly Bathroom Fixtures

Going Green – Eco Friendly Bathroom Fixtures

Bathrooms aren’t always the most glamorous space in your home. Whether yours is downright boring or whether it’s simply not eco-friendly, it goes without saying that most modern bathrooms haven’t had as much thought put into their design as other rooms in our homes.

This is strange, considering that bathrooms cost more than most other spaces to construct, however today bathroom design has barely evolved beyond adding twin sinks and shiny fixtures, with most of us still managing with a standard 5 x 8 space with the traditional tub, sink and toilet.

Too many modern bathrooms feature poor ventilation as well as excessive water and energy usage, and all of this adds up to a desperate need to update and upgrade your bathroom to bring it up to date, not only in style but also in eco-friendliness. Here, you’ll learn how to be a shower champ and create an environmentally sound bathroom.

Don’t Waste Water

When making over your bathroom, consider how you can save water. Just your toilet can waste a huge amount of water, but by installing water saving fixtures such as low flow faucets and showerheads, you can cut down a lot of the wastage. Fixing leaks immediately is also key to reducing water use and if you can also collect excess water from your shower and sink, you can use it to feed your garden and flush your toilet.

Make Your Toilet Eco-Friendly

Replace your toilet’s tank lid with a sink instead. This allows the water for your flush to go first through the faucet so you can wash up. A non-flushing urinal can be installed for all the men in the household while a low volume toilet or one that has a dual flushing mechanism will also cut down on water usage.

Thinking About The Sink

If you aren’t quite ready to buy a sink toilet hybrid yet, there are still lots of other things to bear in mind when picking a good eco-friendly sink. A kitchen style faucet that features a spray makes cleaning your sink simple and helps you to save water as an added bonus.

Cut Your Hot Water Usage

At least 10% of home energy bills are expended on just heating your water. You can cut that amount straight away by using less hot water for bathing, hand washing and for use on household tasks like laundry. You could consider installing a water heat which works via solar power. These are a lot more cost effective than they used to be and function effectively. If you fit a waste heat recovery system it will collect the water used in preheating your shower so you can use it to water the lawn.

Mitigate The Mold

Choose eco-friendly materials in your bathroom which are simple to clean and which prevent the growth of mildew and mold. Using natural materials like wood and cork helps to inhibit the growth of mold, while recycled ceramic tiles or glass on your walls and floor will also help to limit mildew. You can use recycled glass cullet for your countertops, or even choose some made from sealed and compressed recycled paper for a truly eco-friendly option.

 

Bathroom Stone and Tile – What Flooring should you choose?

Bathroom Stone and Tile – What Flooring should you choose?

When it comes to flooring in your bathroom tiling is one of the top choices, however it can be hard to choose between natural stones options or a ceramic or porcelain tile which mimics its properties. Floor tiles are larger, measuring 12 x 12” or 18 x 18” and usually the color schemes are fairly neutral. Instead of having a colorful floor which naturally draws down the eye, subtle flooring designs are best for complementing the space as a whole.

Ceramic tiles have more texture when compared to ceramic wall tiles and this is to guard against accidental slips and falls. Natural stone also provides traction on wet surfaces for extra safety. Some of the most popular tiles are travertine, which have a warm and soft appearance and slate, with its organic feel. Both of these are great choices for any bathroom.

Creative Ways To Use Tiles

If you’re looking for some interesting and unusual ways to using tiling on your bathroom floor, here are some of my top suggestions:

Mix Up Sizes

To add extra appeal to your bathroom, create a floor tiling design combining small and large tiles in staggered patterns. There is also no need to only use square patterns – why not use hexagonal or octagonal mosaic tiles to create an appealing look?

Tiled Carpet

Instead of using an actual rug or carpet, use tiles to create a rug effect around your toilet or in front of your vanity unit by using mosaic tiles with a contrasting border. This creates different spaces in your room.

Heated Flooring

Tiled bathroom floors are simple to care for and are very stylish with lots of options to choose from, however tiling can feel cold on the feet, especially in winter. Consider using radiant underfloor heating to warm your tiles from below. Choose either electric radiant heating which is simple to install and economical to run, and while it feels luxurious, it is affordable for most homeowners.

Other Flooring Options

If you’d rather steer away from tiling, hardwood flooring is another option as long as it is properly sealed. Well sealed hardwood floors combat damage from moisture and offer a stylish uniform appearance in a home that has all-wood flooring. Vinyl is another user-friendly choice which is incredibly simple to care for by just wiping down. It is also a cost effective option.

Carpeting can be a more difficult option to use in a bathroom. You can’t choose a soft pile such as you would use in a bedroom since mildew is likely to develop, however there are some carpet types which are stain, mildew and water resistant, featuring a special backing which prevents water from seeping through into the padding below. Carpet tiles are a good choice, since a single panel can be removed for easier cleaning, or you may want to carpet a small section of the bathroom – for example in a part of the room with seating away from wet zones. Another alternative is to use rugs for extra softness but which are easy to pick up and clean.