Friday, May 29, 2009

Recycling a Clawfoot Bathtub

Choosing a new bathtub to replace your old clawfoot tub is a difficult choice.
Once you have made your decision, you are suddenly faced with another. What will you do with your old clawfoot bathtub? Some good suggestions on how to reuse clawfoot tubs include:
  1. Make room in the backyard for a pond. Seal the drain hole and fill the tub with water, plant life, and fish.
  2. Give plants and flowers a new home by using the bathtub as a giant planter in your garden.
  3. Remove one side of the clawfoot tub and add cushions to create a small couch or chair.
  4. Convert the bathtub into a racing machine and enter a clawfoot bathtub competition. Or, create a clawfoot tub kayak, motorcycle, or automobile.
  5. Donate it to a local thrift store or make a profit at a local furniture consignment shop.
Sources: Green Daily
Recycle This
Geekware

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

House Eight Feet Wide

Two Belgian architects created a four story, eight foot wide, livable space between two buildings in Antwerp, Belgium. Each floor was designed for a different activity. From bottom to top, each floor was designed for a different activity: working, eating, living, and sleeping.

Sculp(it) House
Less than eight feet wide, the bedroom is equipped with not only a bed and closet, but a wall- hung toilet as well.

Bedroom With Wall Hung Toilet
A drop-in bathtub is located on the rooftop!

Rooftop Bathtub
Eight Foot Wide Kitchen
Source: Archinect

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Solid Gold Toilet

Solid Gold ToiletOne of the most expensive toilets in the world can be found in Hong Kong in the Hang Fung Gold Technology showroom. The 24 carat gold toilet is on display in the company's Hall of Gold. While the price of gold has been quickly on the rise, jewelry tycoon and entrepreneur Lam Sai-wing refuses to melt the solid gold toilet. He has stated "I don't care if gold hits $10,000 an ounce". Lam Sai-wing made a smart investment when gold was only $200 per ounce. Other items in the hall of gold, including a gold sink, gold chandelier, and gold horse-drawn chariot, are all being melted down. The toilet is also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as "The Most Expensive Toilet in the World".

Sources: Wall Street Journal Article, MetalMiner, How Stuff Works

Monday, May 18, 2009

Extreme Restroom

Believe it or not, this scenic bathroom stall is actually an advertisement for Coca-Cola's Japanese product: Georgia Max Coffee. Featured in a bathroom stall in Japan, visitors are presented an uncommon bathroom experience of preparing to ski down a mountain. The bathroom stall artwork was conceived by Tugboat Advertising of Tokyo.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Test your WaterSense

Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense LogoIf your water and energy bills have been too high for your liking, it might be time to test your WaterSense. The Enviromental Protection Agency sponsors a program called WaterSense which aims to cut back on the use of natural water resources. The program recommends and certifies fixtures that utilize less water than necessary and that help save energy. If you are especially unhappy with your water bills, you may want to look into a more efficient faucet or water saving toilet. Click the Play Now button below to play the EPA WaterSense game at their website. This arcade style game may help you assess how much you really know about the water your household is using.

EPA WaterSense Game
Source: EPA WaterSense

Friday, May 08, 2009

WaterSense Toilets

WaterSense Certification LabelAccording the the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), toilet use accounts for 30% of all water used in the home. WaterSense, an EPA sponsored program, certifies toilets that can save 20% of household water use. To become certified, the toilets must go through meticulous laboratory testing and meet all WaterSense standards.

The EPA discusses the many ways to benefit from a WaterSense toilet, which include...
  • saving 4,000 gallons of water per year
  • using 20% less water per year
  • reducing water utility bills
  • rebates and vouchers for discounts on purchasing a WaterSense approved toilet
WaterSense toilets perform just as well, and many times, even better than regular toilets. There are also many options to chose from. Take a look at a few below.

WaterSense Approved Two Piece Toilet
WaterSense Certified Toilet
WaterSense Certified Toilet with Bidet FunctionSee more water saving toilets and read more about the Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

WaterSense Faucets

Look for WaterSense Logo on Water Saving ProductsWaterSense, a program sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has set standards for a variety of different bathroom fixtures to mainly help save water and energy. Replacing your current bathroom parts with these water saving alternatives will also benefit you in the form of a smaller water bill.

According to the EPA, a WaterSense approved faucet can...
  • save at least 500 gallons of water per household in one year
  • decrease demands on water heaters
  • save energy
The WaterSense approved faucets are available in different colors and styles to match your bathroom, and they help save money! Learn more about the WaterSense certification and check out a few certified faucets below.

WaterSense Certified Centerset Faucet

WaterSense Certified Widespread Faucet

WaterSense Certified Centerset  Bathroom Faucet

WaterSense Certified Widespread Bathroom Faucet
View more water-saving faucets and other WaterSense products. Also check back for more information on other WaterSense fixtures and tips on how to save energy and money.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Comfortable Patio Furniture

With summer quickly approaching, like me, you probably can't wait to spend more time outside. After the winter we just had in Pennsylvania, I look forward to getting into my car without spending 20 minutes clearing snow off of it.

If you plan on spending time in your backyard this summer, you may want to have the appropriate outdoor furniture. A traditional picnic table is always nice, but if you are looking to spend more time in the yard, you may want more comfortable patio furniture.

Below, I chose some outdoor furnishings that are comfortable and look great.

Outdoor Bench with CushionA curved bench with seat cushion.

Outdoor Furniture Folding Chair
A woven, folding chair.

Outdoor Chaise Lounge
An outdoor chaise lounge, which also has an optional indoor or outdoor cushion.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Snake Bath

Water SnakeA woman in Florida claimed that a snake made its way out of the faucet and crept into her bathtub, while she was bathing. The woman's boyfriend heard her screaming and came to the rescue by removing the first snake from the tub. Later, a similar snake appeared, identified by a Palm Beach Zoo employee as a possible rat snake.

According to experts, it is likely that the snakes entered through the drain or outflow as opposed to the faucet since snakes are drawn toward cave-like environments.

Since the incident, the couple decided to purchase an aquarium and keep the snakes as pets.

Source: WBIR News