Naku over at Bambula has self-described "copper fever" and can't help herself from buying pipes from the plumbing department at the hardware store. Today she reinvents them as hooks for tea towels and other utensils in the kitchen.
Shopping at architectural salvage stores will not only save you money on a renovation, it also helps keep perfectly good household items out of landfills. If you're not interested in rebuilding with secondhand goods, you can also donate yours.
Back in 2006, Maxwell started a list of the best toilets for small spaces. Back then, water saving toilets with small footprints were difficult to find. There are more options today and yet there are still a couple toilets that review the best among readers. Based on reader comments, TOTO seems to be the most popular brand but we also saw shout outs for Kohler, Duravit and others. Check out the full list after the jump...
Buying a new toilet may seem totally daunting — one piece or two? round or elongated? what is a rough-in? — but with a little education you can skip ahead to the fun part, like looking at all the different designs, styles and colors. Here's a quick little guide to get you started with the basics…
Comfort height toilets, also referred to as chair height toilets, are just a wee bit taller than standard commodes. With a seat height of a little over 17 inches, this style of toilet is ADA compliant and ideal for older folks or anyone living with chronic joint pain.
It's gotten really easy to be green while updating a kitchen or bath. Not only are newer fixtures and appliances more energy efficient, more companies are producing recycled building materials so you can stay green from the studs out. From flooring to fixtures, here's a little roundup of our favorite resources for green kitchen and bath rehabs.
When the time comes to remodel a bathroom, most of us are inexperienced novices. We might look at samples, read remodeling blogs and mags, and talk to some storeowners and contractors, hoping everything will come out all right in the end. For us ingénues, the idea of a "bathroom in a box" — where nearly everything is taken care of, from fixture choices to installation — seems appealing.
Sometimes a design solution seems so obvious and simple that it is surprising it took so long for someone to think of. That is the case with the PermaFLOW Transparent Never-Clog Drain. The design of this drain is unique in several ways. The most obvious is of course that the drain is transparent, allowing you to see what is causing a clog, but that is not the only thing that makes this award winning drain stand out.
Whether you're gutting your bathroom or just giving it a little facelift, sometimes the hardest part of getting started is sourcing the essentials. While our list is in no way complete, these stores are some of our favorites.
As homes get older and usage requirements continue to expand, sometimes the old mechanical room just isn't big enough. The hot water heater takes up a huge amount of space and if a new one doesn't fit, did you know you can actually store a hot water heater outside? Here's how to do it…