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Updating Your House to Low-Flow Toilets

Changing Your Toilets to Low Volume Flushes

Conservation of water is something we all know we should do, but usually don’t. There are often advertisements or public service announcements that vilify the excessive use of water, but there’s also the fact that using lots of water costs you more. There are obvious ways for you to save water, like not running your tap the entire time you’re brushing your teeth, having normal length showers, and washes your dishes in still water rather than running the tap the whole time. There are also slightly more complex ways like converting your toilet so it consumes less water.

When toilets were originally invented in the 19th century, there was far less of a concern about the excessive use of water than there is now. At that time, it was completely fine to use massive amounts of water for trivial things, because it was not seen as a finite resource in developed countries. The toilets would use around 7 gallons of water until some time in the 90’s where legislation started getting passed that would bring the average flush down to 1.7 gallons per flush.

On the surface, this seems like a good thing because of the amount of water that is getting saved, but there was also a reason why so much water was being used before: it was necessary to wash away the waste. This created a market where you could either get poorly designed low-volume flushing toilets that wouldn’t work effectively, or highly inefficient toilets that cost you a lot of money on water.

Designs have started to catch up with the times, but it is highly probably that you have a toilet from pre 1990’s that is highly inefficient with its use of water. The good news is that there are plenty of simple things you can do to bring the volume of a flush down on your toilet.

The most effective fix is to buy an adjustable flapper for your toilet. A flapper controls how much water is allowed out of your tank and into your toilet bowl. With an adjustable one you can fine tune the process so the toilet still releases enough water to be effective, but a lot less than the toilet was originally designed to release.

Another great method of modifying your toilet for higher efficiency is installing a tank bag. This takes up space in your toilet tank so less water is in there and therefore less water can be released. Some people will try to do this with a brick, but that has been found to be much less effective since the brick can actually dissolve over time and that can lead to complications with your toilet.

Installing a tank bag is extremely simple and will help save you the same amount of water as the volume of the bag for every flush. The last thing you should do is check for leaks in your toilet since that will also help prevent the rest of your home from damage as well. Pick up a leak detection tablet from a home improvements store if you want to do this right.

Using these three methods, you should be able to save lots of water and money over time.

Bathroom Remodeling Ideas to Add Value to Your Property

Bathroom Remodeling Ideas to Add Value to Your Property

When we often think of home improvement projects, such as a bathroom-remodeling project, we tend to think of what that project can do for us, personally. While you can easily benefit, a number of different ways, from having your bathroom remodeled. Did you also know that your home could benefit as well? The truth is that your home, itself, can benefit from a bathroom-remodeling project, often in more ways than one.

Before you can begin to understand the benefits that your home may reap from a bathroom-remodeling project, it is a good idea to focus on what a bathroom-remodeling project is. Depending on whom you talk to, you may get different definitions of a home improvement project. Although there are some who say that a bathroom remodeling project can only be considered remodeling if all of it is changed, there are others who claim that simply replacing your bathtub is enough to constitute a bathroom remodeling project. Whatever your bathroom remodeling plans are, whether they only involve replacing your bathtub or changing around your whole bathroom, your home can still benefit from the changes made.

Perhaps, the greatest bathroom remodeling benefit that your home will see will be an increase in value. The majority of homes that undergo a bathroom-remodeling project end up seeing an increase in value. This is because almost all bathroom-remodeling projects result in something better. Even though a small bathroom-remodeling project may result in an increase in value, the larger projects are often ones that produce the biggest differences in value. Despite the fact that most homes do see an increase in value, after a bathroom remodeling project has been completed, it is important to note that not all homes to. If your bathroom-remodeling project was poorly done or never got completed, you may actually find that your home’s overall value decreases. That is why it is important that all projects not only get finished, but that they get finished right.

Aside from an increase in value, a bathroom-remodeling project may help to improve the appearance of your home. As previously mentioned, most bathroom remodeling projects are done to improve a bathroom, in other words, make it better than it was before. Whether your home just didn’t look attractive or if your bathroom needed repairs to make it safe again, your bathroom could greatly benefit from a new facelift. In fact, you may find that your bathroom not only looks better, but so does the rest of your home.

Although it is nice to know what a bathroom-remodeling project can do for your home, you may also be wondering what it can do for you. As stated above, homeowners often end up benefiting, in a number of different ways, from a bathroom-remodeling project. Many of these benefits are, in a way, related the appearance of your home or bathroom. Since bathroom-remodeling projects almost always result in something better, you, as a homeowner, may feel proud of your new bathroom. In fact, you may feel as if you got a whole new bathroom. Since there is a good chance that you will be pleased with the changes, you may find yourself more willing to invite your friends or family to come into your home; thus resulting in a whole other set of benefits.

As you can easily see, there are an unlimited number of benefits to having your bathroom remodeled; benefits that may not only apply to you, but to your home as well. If would like to reap many of the above-mentioned benefits, you are advised to get started today. The sooner you start your bathroom-remodeling project, the sooner you can be pleased with the end result.

 

Applying Feng Shui in Your Living Space

Advantages of Applying Feng Shui in Your Living Space to Increase Value

Many people are fascinated with Feng Shui and with many good reasons. While others generally believe that it is just some oriental superstitious set of paradigms on interior design (but that is just part of the extensive definition for Feng Shui), the Feng Shui that we know now is actually comprised of various schools of learning and incorporates the different cultures under which it is housed.

The good thing about the different options pertaining to Feng Shui is that even the layman can actually be able to understand and apply it immediately in their homes without having to spend too much. And apart from that, there are other advantages that only Feng Shui can bring if you can actually open up your mind to try it.

Advantage Number 1: It brings balance to one’s life

Have you ever found yourself completely overburdened with clutter and unnecessarily stressed out of your wits? Chances are, you are suffering from a visual imbalance of some sort in your surroundings. Now, the best way to introduce some sense of balance is by incorporating elements that provide you with a sense of control in the outer balance of things. If you are able to get some semblance of balance even in things as menial as your furniture, you are bound to find balance in other aspects equally manageable.

Advantage Number 2: It helps you become more mindful of the little things

Mindfulness in the little things can actually be a good thing. Some of us tend to be heavily focused on the big things of life that even the minor details like home arrangement and office ergonomics no longer come to play. When these “minor” aspects of life continue to take a backseat, they tend to accumulate and produce a very stressful environment, which can add up to other problems and worries of life.

Advantage Number 3: It opens up possibilities of meeting new people

Meeting new people is another bonus of being a Feng Shui enthusiast. When you are applying Feng Shui, chances are, you will be able to find another person within your social network who likes the same stuff and can even help you expand your knowledge on Feng Shui, no matter how limited it is to begin with.

Advantage Number 4: It gives a fresh perspective on things

At any given time, a fresh perspective is always welcome. This positive perspective can invite changes for the better. A new way of looking at home arrangement, for example, may actually serve to benefit you in the long run. The fresh perspective brought about by Feng Shui can actually bring about an enrichment of one’s mind.

Advantage Number 5: It invites prosperity and success

The main objective of Feng Shui is to invite all the good things to one’s life. Prosperity and success can be more easily within reach and a positive disposition may be expected if Feng Shui is practiced well.

Advantage Number 6: It has aesthetic appeal

On top of all the enumerated benefits of Feng Shui, the best would probably be its beauty. The physical appeal of a well-decorated home, interspersed with good Feng Shui techniques, is actually something that you can call a personal heritage that can transcend generations and promote beauty in all aspects, including design of the home and the office.

 

Hardwood Tables For Home Interior Decorating

How Can Hardwood Tables be Used in Interior Home Decorating?

Using hardwood floors for interior design and for home decorating, based on furniture of the eighteenth century may be discussed from different points of view. However, what most people realize is the distinguish details of tables made from that century. Dinner and wine tables were some of those pieces of furniture that could add a different touch of class to your interior decorating. Learn from the history of furniture book, by Frederick Litchfield ideas on how 18th century furniture, from the earliest to the present time.
To the latter part of the eighteenth century the English furniture of which time has been discussed on the site belong the quaint little “urn stands” which were made to hold the urn with boiling water, while the tea pot was placed on the little slide which is drawn out from underneath the table top. In those days tea was an expensive luxury, and the urn stand, of which there is an illustration, inlaid in the fashion of the time, is a dainty relic of the past, together with the old mahogany or marqueterie tea caddy, which was sometimes the object of considerable skill and care. They were fitted with two and sometimes three bottles or tea-pays of silver or Battersea enamel, to hold the black and green teas, and when really good examples of these daintily-fitted tea caddies are offered for sale, they bring large sums.

Eighteenth Century Wine Tables

The wine table of this time deserves a word. These are now somewhat rare, and are only to be found in a few old houses, and in some of the Colleges at Oxford and Cambridge. These were found with revolving tops, which had circles turned out to a slight depth for each glass to stand in, and they were sometimes shaped like the half of a flat ring. These latter were for placing in front of the fire, when the outer side of the table formed a convivial circle, round which the sitters gathered after they had left the dinner table.

One of these old tables is still to be seen in the Hall of Gray’s Inn, and the writer was told that its fellow was broken and had been “sent away.” They are nearly always of good rich mahogany, and have legs more or less ornamental according to circumstances.

A distinguishing feature of English furniture of the last century was the partiality for secret drawers and contrivances for hiding away papers or valued articles; and in old secretaries and writing tables we find a great many ingenious designs which remind us of the days when there were but few banks, and people kept money and deeds in their own custody.