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Granite Bathrooms with Copper Vessel Sinks

When renovating a bathroom finished with granite, stone tile or other natural surfaces, the materials used to create the shower area should be chosen with care so as not to detract from natural flooring and wall treatments. Unfortunately the majority of fixtures, including the affordable prefabricated shower units, are crafted from acrylic, aluminum, fiberglass or resin. However, instead of purchasing an enclosure, it could well be within your budget to custom design your own walk in shower or wet room using a granite shower base like the ones available through companies like US Marble. The bases can be customized to fit corners or odd shapes, or ordered in standard 36 or 42 inch neo angle units. There are granite shower base dealers that distribute the US Marble products all across the United States so delivery in your area is easy and affordable. Once the stone base is installed, glass panels or tempered glass doors may be added, or the area may be left open to create a wet room.

One way to enhance granite flooring, natural stone tile walls and shower areas that have been finished in granite, is to replace outdated ceramic washbasins with antique or modern copper vessel sinks that can be set on top of stone slabs or set into wooden vanities or wrought iron stands. When remodeling an older bathroom, one of the most affordable upgrades is to replace the sink. In many cases, eliminating an old particleboard countertop or a vanity cabinet with a conventional ceramic sink can free up space and entirely alter the look and feel of the space. Granite, marble, rustic stone, contemporary glass or antique copper vessel sinks can be mounted on the surface of tables, open stands or slender vanity cabinets, creating more fluidity of space as well as enhancing natural rustic themes or enhancing modern minimalist areas.

Updating a bathroom can be affordable even without resorting to prefabricated shower stalls or imitation granite shower base designs like the ones made from resin and stone dust, called “cultured marble”. It’s viable to consider using genuine granite and accenting with copper because some hand-hammered copper vessel sinks cost just over $100.

The Importance Of Choosing A New Toilet With Care

Toilets used to clog less often, before the invention of water conservation toilets in the 1980s. Back then, a standard toilet flush used about five gallons of water. This meant that any type of deposit was washed away quickly and effectively due to the force of the water. Then water conservation toilets came along, reducing the gallons of water used to 3.5 gallons. These days, the number has dropped even lower, to 1.6 gallons, which is less than half the amount of water in traditional toilets.

When purchasing a new toilet, you shouldn’t assume that the higher priced toilets for sale will provide a greater flushing performance. Generally, the more expensive toilets are basing their prices on design rather than flushing. Some plumbers feel that two-piece toilets are more effective than one-piece toilets where the bowl is integrated with the tank. The difference is that two-piece toilets have a greater distance between the tank and the bowl, which allows for a greater buildup of pressure under the force of gravity.  Corner toilet models, where the tank is designed to fit squarely into the corner of the bathroom, should have similar performance to their rectangular tank counterparts.

An important factor in purchasing a new toilet is the trapway’s diameter. It’s best to search for models with at least a two inch diameter. If possible, choose a model with a trapway that has a frictionless coating or glazed surface as this helps waste travel more easily.

Some toilets are now designed with vacuum assist technology. A vacuum assist toilet has two internal tanks instead of one, and are designed so that a vacuum is created during the flush process. This pushes water into the bowl, and wastes out of it. Some homeowners use power assist toilets. These use compressed air which forces the waste down the trap, but these are much noisier than vacuum assist toilets, and might not work in houses with older plumbing equipment.