Eco-Chic: Sustainable Design for the Bathroom

In bathroom design, “green” is more than just a color. With homeowners adopting a heartfelt commitment to environmental sustainability, manufacturers are following suite and providing solutions for modern families. Creating an eco-friendly bathroom can save money and resources without sacrificing an ounce of performance or elegance. During a bathroom remodel, an easy way to go green is to select low-flow fixtures. Switching to water-efficient plumbing fixtures could save the average household as much as $50 to $100 a year on water and wastewater bills, and also reduces the environmental impact of the household. One beautiful, new option from manufacturer TOTO is their DuoFit In-Wall Tank System. TOTO is the only plumbing manufacturer to receive the EPA’s Water Efficiency Leader Award and this design, released this year, reflect what TOTO calls a “commitment to great design, water savings and making life easier for our customers.” This system features a high-efficiency dual Continue reading

The Designer Kitchen: Custom, Quality, Personal.

The kitchen is often the heartbeat of the home; it is where memories are made, where friends gather and where family members connect. Something this personal should not be one-size-fits-all. A designer kitchen takes a family’s needs into consideration instead of using a standard mold. “Designer” equates to a kitchen where the finishes are thoughtful and unique to the client, where the space performs at the highest level and still looks beautiful, and a comfortable and functional workspace is created. While builders or general contractors may have seen hundreds of kitchens, they don’t have the same design sensibilities as a designer, says Debra Toney. Designers like Michelle Ku ask specific questions geared toward getting to know a client well before the design and finishes are considered. Everything from how often you play bridge to how often you clean is relevant in designing a kitchen that’s catered to your needs. A Continue reading