Being water wise can cut your utility bills reduce the need for costly investments in water treatment and delivery systems and contribute to a more sustainable water future. The bathroom is the place to start since it's the water hog in your home accounting for more than half of the indoor water you use. Check out these water‐wise plumbing fixtures that don't compromise style or function. To find water‐wise fixtures look for the WaterSense label. WaterSense a partnership program with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is an independent organization that reviews plumbing fixtures for water efficiency (among many other jobs). Their certification or approval is given to fixtures that are at least 20 percent more efficient without compromising performance. The average bathroom makeover with WaterSense fixtures saves 7.000 gallons of water annually. That's enough water to wash six months worth of laundry.
Ensure proper drainage. Not only will you guard against damage from standing water but you'll also protect yourself from skidding on wet floors. Angle the shower floor slightly so that water flows toward the drain and think about adding a second drain for doubly effective siphoning. Select surfaces that can stand up to moisture. Even with careful attention to an open shower's design splashes and steam will escape. Outfit your bath with surfaces that hold their own against moisture: porcelain or glass tile metal stone solid surfacing engineered quartz and some woods. Avoid fabrics and other materials that are prone to mildew.
Do it for Mom. "The idea for this beautiful tub really came from my client Susan" says Colleen Mahoney of Mahoney Architects. "She wanted her master bathroom to include a freestanding tub where she could feel that she was getting away from all of the demands of her daily life – a place with a sense of sanctuary and quiet. The tall ceilings and suspended chandelier contribute to the sense of luxury. In a busy mom's life it's good to have a place to escape". Give your guests the best. "This bathroom is situated within a dormer gable on the top floor of a large house and it receives infrequent use" says Dennis Budd of Gast Architects. "When the bathroom door is open the room’s position adjacent the open central stair’s upper hall landing allows occupants to view the tub dormer windows and decorative full‐height tile wainscoting as they ascend to the roof level".
Urinals. Residential urinals can make your lavatory fun for boys while conserving water. Some manufacturers including Kohler offer waterless urinals for even greater water savings.
The dream bath: Greek island idyll. Is escaping to a private whitewashed cottage in Mykonos your idea of heaven? Re‐create the look at home with a pared‐down palette of blue and white along with a few classically Greek details. American Clay makes real clay plaster that can be tinted in any hue and applied to your walls for a gorgeous textured look. Keep a small potted herb garden in the windowsill for fragrance and beauty. Try thyme oregano or mint. If you have enough sun and space you could even bring in a potted lemon tree. Sinkside choose handmade pottery to hold soap and toothbrushes. A classic Greek key print on the edges of towels or trimming window shades would be a nice finishing touch.
This chic square soap pump also by Jason Wu has a style reminiscent of his Brizo faucet. For an exotic flair consider a decorative basin like this one by Kohler. Add gold accent pieces to offset the blue. Hands‐free! Simply tap the faucet with your finger (or a bare elbow or forearm if your hands are full) to control the water flow. This bath provides a stylish alternative to traditional walk‐ins with an extra‐wide opening grab bar and chair‐height seat for easy entry and exit. It fits a standard 60‐inch bath footprint. This ready‐to‐go kit creates the perfect little niche to put anything. It comes with everything you need and is available in a variety of colorways. This system converts your existing fixed showerhead to a handshower and rainhead combination. It's such a quick and easy remodel! A slidebar bracket allows for customized heights perfect for both short and tall members of your family. The Twist allows bathers to quickly switch between four spray settings with a flick or your thumb – handy for those early mornings when hand‐eye coordination has yet to kick in.
Be well read. "My client had seen a wallpaper at a hotel with a book pattern that she loved " says designer Angela Gutekunst. "So that led me to this classic Brunschwig & Fils paper for her powder bath that worked beautifully".
Dual‐flush toilets. Toilets consume far more water than any other indoor fixture accounting for 30 percent of most homes' indoor water use. Dual‐flush toilets increasingly common in homes are an easy way to cut water use without compromising effectiveness. A dual‐flush toilet differs from standard models with two flush options: one for liquid waste which uses less than a gallon of water and a second for solid waste.