Monday, March 30, 2009
The two-story toilet shaped house was built by Sim Jae-duck and is located near Seoul, Korea. It features four bathrooms, each equipped with a toilet, urinal, whirlpool bathtub, and glass shower. At the center of the house is a bathroom showcase, surrounded by glass windows which turn opaque on command; as well as a motion sensor that cues classical music when a bathroom user is detected. Additionally, the toilet house features water saving fixtures and technology, turning rain water into drinking water.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
A widespread faucet has two separate handles or knobs; one on the left for hot water and the other on the right for cold. Positioned between the the two controls is the spout. The amount of room between the handles varies from around four to twenty inches apart. Widespread faucets require 3 separate holes in your sink or counter top.
Minispread faucets are very similar to widespread faucets, except the controls and spout are positioned much closer together. This type of faucet is a good choice for a small sink because the knobs are set less that four inches apart from the middle spout.
A centerset faucet has two levers and a spout in the center which are all positioned on a base. Some centerset faucets have a single lever which contain both hot and cold features.
Single Post faucets are probably the least space consuming and the easiest to clean. These faucets only require one hole. These faucets can have one lever or two controlling water temperature, but are always contained on one unit.
A wall mounted faucet can be widespread or centerset, and can have one or two handles. These differ from all the aforementioned types of faucets because they are attached to the wall instead of sink or counter top. When purchasing a wall mounted faucet, be sure to pair it with a deep or large sized sink so water doesn't splash out.
Outside the Marton, there is always a line and other eager diners must book three weeks in advance to guarantee a chance to dine at the toilet restaurant. This success has driven the owner to open another location.
As you may have guessed, a meal at the Marton is unlike any other restuarant. Meals are served in different sized ceramic toilet bowls, manufactured specifically for this toilet-themed restaurant. Make sure you save room for dessert - a swirl of chocolate ice cream served, of course, in a miniature toilet. For frequent diners, a customer loyalty program is in order. Once you have earned enough points or credit, you receive your own toilet-shaped bowl to enjoy meals at home!
To learn more about the Marton toilet themed restaurant, check out this video.
Monday, March 16, 2009
A Mindstorms NXT kit is not your usual Lego kit. With NXT you can build robots, vehicles, and small machines. These kits also come equipped with many parts, sensors, and software to program your creations.
The “RoboFlush” offers an automatic or manual flushing option. It even says “thank you” before it flushes. To watch the automatic toilet flusher in action see the video below.
To complement the iWipe, an iToilet is necessary. Here, two guys picked up a discarded toilet, spray painted it silver, matching an iMac and continued to install computer parts; turning an old toilet into a functional computer.
Check out the entire process from beginning to end:
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
1. Upgrade to a whirlpool or champagne tub. Having a whirlpool tub is like having a hot tub in your bathroom.
2. Install a vessel or above the counter sink. These sinks can give any bathroom a spa-like feel.
3. Set up a bathroom lighting scheme. Use low-lights, light dimming switches, and candles throughout the room.
4. Paint walls with natural and earthy tones and try to pick out bathroom furniture featuring dark colors and woods.
5. Place speakers throughout the spa room so you can listen to your favorite music while soaking in the tub.
Friday, March 06, 2009
Faucets and Showerheads
When it comes to your kitchen or bathroom sink faucet, you may want to begin by checking the small screens attached to the faucet. Minerals and rust often collect in these screens and can be cleaned with white vinegar or simply scrubbed with a toothbrush. Be sure to check your kitchen sink faucet sprayer as well because these also contain small screens.
If you are having difficulty with the water pressure in your dishwasher or washer, it may be because the water supply has to pass through shutoff valves before it can reach the appliance. To make sure your water pressure is optimal, be sure that all shutoff valves are fully open. Washing machines in particular are designed so that water is pulled through a filter. Be sure to clean the filters so your washing machine can fill quickly.
I also learned from the book that many old homes built before the 1960's are equipped with iron pipes. This means that your low water pressure problem may be due to mineral build-up within the pipes. A better alternative is copper or plastic.
Aga, a company rooted in Great Britain since 1922, manufactures appliances featuring two, three or four individual compartments. The Aga ovens still run on either electricity or gas and have burners like a conventional oven. However, the heat is better circulated through the smaller compartments. The Aga Six Four series offers one section in particular that cooks food slower than the others. The heat stored within the walls radiates, cooking food evenly from all directions. This process not only makes it less difficult to burn or dry out your food, but retains flavor and nutrients.
Claret is not the only exciting color option. Find the perfect match for your kitchen with these colors: Cream, White, Black, Pewter, Wedgewood Blue, Dark Blue, Pistacio, Jade, British Racing Green, Chocolate, Aubergine, Heather, and Pillar Box
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
The corner glass shelf pictured below is similar to a small piece of furniture. It can be easily installed and remain inconspicuous in the corner. “Eastcoaster” from Virginia explains the shelf can be “affixed to the wall to ensure stability if you are going to have heavy things on the shelf”.
A simple towel rod attaches to the wall and takes up very little space. For added space, a towel bar with a shelf can be very useful.
If your bathroom is used by several people, a towel rack is an excellent alternative. Towel racks offer space to hang towels as well as an area for folded towels above; allowing access to the whole family.
An inexpensive substitute to a towel rack is a towel ring. Towel rings are small and can be conveniently placed almost anywhere in the bathroom.
Check back soon for another post on bathroom storage!
This is the quickest and easiest way to make your bathroom seem larger. Even a simple wall-hung mirror can make a huge difference.
Mount your Heated Towel Rack
By attaching a heated towel rack to the wall, you are maximizing space and saving time. You can use heated towel racks not only to heat your towels, but to dry them as well. Also, try drying small blankets, delicates, and other laundry items.
Check back for more tips on maximizing space in a small bathroom.