Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Royal Throne: A Brief History of Toilets



The Ancient Throne

It is not actually known who invented the toilet. Historians have found evidence in Scotland dating as far back as 3,000 B.C. that suggests primitive bathrooms. Ancient Greece also had buildings with earthenware pans with terra-cotta pipes connected to a water supply. More famously known is Ancient Rome, who had public bathhouses and commercial lavatories; however these were not used daily, with many Roman citizens throwing their waste onto the streets. Medieval England even had castle garderobes, which were protruding rooms with an opening which royalty could excrete waste into the mote below.

Plumbing and sanitation has come a long way since ancient times though. In fact it was in the 1500’s when toilets started to resemble our modern idea of the design, using a raised cistern (the tank of water often found on the back of a commode) with a small pipe that released water when a leaver was pulled. This idea was built upon 200 years later with Alexander Cumming's invention of the S-shaped pipe under the basin.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Go Green With Native Trails

Go Green With Native Trails


What things do you do to be more environmentally conscious? Many families recycle, turn off lights when leaving a room or turn off the faucet while brushing their teeth. There are so many ways to make a positive impact on the environment from our homes, but did you know you can make an impact even during a home remodel? With Native Trails, you can acquire high-quality design pieces crafted from recycled natural materials.