Is Sustainable Bathroom Remodeling Beneficial?

Sustainable Bathroom Remodeling Will Benefit You In Many Ways

Sustainable bathroom is safe, healthy, comfortable, energy-efficient, water wise and budget friendly.

Sustainability = Healthy. When you create a sustainable bathroom, you’re building a healthy home environment, and a healthy planet. Sustainable bathroom remodeling is choosing:

  • Plumbing that saves water
  • Water heating and room heating that saves energy
  • Ventilation that cleanses the air
  • Surface finishes that are safe and easy to clean

Plumbing That Saves Water

The major water-waster in your bathroom is the toilet, followed by the bath tub. A leaking toilet flapper valve can waste 300 gallons in one day. A 3.5 gallon-per-flush toilet uses 27% of the water for your home. The average deep soaking or hydrotherapy tub requires a minimum of 80 gallons every time you bathe. A leaking faucet can waste up to 50 gallons of water every day. What are your options?

  • Toilets made by all major manufacturers must comply with EPA regulations, a maximum of 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf). Toto, Kohler, and American Standard are the top three manufacturers having a wide range of options for water use (.9 to 1.6 gpf, single or dual flush), and style. They also provide bidet toilet seats (there are many other manufacturers of bidet toilet seats). For the ultimate in water-saving and space-conserving toilets, Sinkpositive introduced a toilet that has a sink on top of the tank that recycles gray water when you flush the toilet. (more…)

Sustainable Green Kitchen Remodeling Is Easy!

Sustainable Green Kitchen Remodeling Has Many Benefits

sustainable green kitchen remodeling is good for the environment and you!

You may or may not believe in global warming, but I hope you agree that choosing to remodel your kitchen sustainably makes sense. Agreed, sustainable green kitchen remodeling is good for our planet, but it can also save you money and create a healthier home environment for you and your family.

“Green” Products for Sustainable Kitchen Remodeling

Many companies are manufacturing products that save precious resources. There have also been reports of companies that do nothing more than use sustainability buzz words to trick us into buying their not-so-green products. The best way to protect our environment and your bank account is to do some research before you buy anything. Here is information about companies and products with proven positive “green” track records:

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Bathroom Plumbing Can Have Hidden “Gotcha’s!”

Bathroom Plumbing Fixtures Are Designed To Save Water, BUT . . .Bathroom plumbing fixtures can save water, but some are water hogs.

. . . some bathroom plumbing fixtures may require a larger water heater, or an auxiliary on-demand water heater. This can seriously affect your investment in a bathroom remodeling project, adding as much as $4,000 to your investment. And it can affect your utility bills. The bathroom plumbing fixture that’s a major influencer of hot water needs is a large tub, whether it’s a hydrotherapy whirlpool, an air bath, or simply a soaking tub. A generous two-person tub that’s 48″ x 72″ x 24″ requires 100 gallons or more, depending on how full you want it to be. (more…)

Technology: 31 Years Of Change

Technology Has Changed SO Much In 31 Years

Technology of Cell Phones

How cell phone technology has changed in 31 years.

Technology was SO Different 31 years ago! D. P. Design was established in 1984.  Everything was different! Design professionals who were on the leading edge of  technology had traded in their drafting table, vellum, pencils, electric erasers and overlay tissues for computers and CAD software. But it was still old-fashioned drafting using lines.

Technology for Design

Technology has advanced to the point where we can “build” and display any 3-dimensional object, and we can show realistic renderings that look like photographs. We’re not limited to long hours of  drafting to prepare revisions; time saved is great for the design professional, being able to work on multiple projects at the same time, and meet deadlines easier.  Homeowners save money on professional fees, and have the advantage of (almost) immediate gratification with plan revisions. The only limitations are our imagination, the builders’ talents, and the homeowners’ budget.

Technology for Consumers

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