Choosing the perfect bathtub
November 4, 2017
Never underestimate the power of a beautifully designed bathtub. Even if you have the most stunning of room designs, without a good tub, something will feel like it’s missing. So utilizing opinions of my own, with a mixture of some friends, I’m going to bring you some helpful tips below to finding a product right for your bathroom.
After conducting several hours of our own research, as well as interviewing industry bathtub professionals, like the guys on bathtubadvice.com, we’ve been able to get a better understanding of the features, shapes, sizes, styles, and materials that can make or break a product. Some of which we shall be listing out below for your convenience.
Now, picture this. You have everything planned out in your mind, know exactly where your sinks are going, as well as your shower and toilets. What people often find is they are lacking a centerpiece. In most cases, a bathtub is exactly what’s been missing. And that brings us to our first point. Room layout and floor space.
If you haven’t planned this out, you’re going to need to either hire someone to doit for you. One inch too large or small can mean you wasting a lot of your time when the end result will mean you sending the product back. So always know the dimensions required, and remember to account for the lip and whether or not the wall is finished or tiled. Sounds simple, but these are common mistakes made by many.
Next up, look at the brand. Forget the unknown. I recommend sticking with what’s been tried and tested over the years. Yes, your wallet may end up being a little lighter, but you can also have the peace of mind that you purchased a higher quality tub with a solid brand name behind it.
Next, you should be looking at overall water depth. If there is anything I hate after a long day at work, it’s to come home to run a bath and find that it doesn’t offer me significant water coverage. As long as your floor can handle it, and you’ve got the space, get a unit with more depth.
Finally, you should be accounting for all the people in your home. If you know you’ve got someone taller, go for a model with 70 inches or more. However, if the budget is tight, and you don’t have anyone abnormally large in the family, a more comapct option may work just as well.
The ultimate toilet buying guide
February 23, 2015
Often, when looking to improve our home we talk about smaller things that are not actually used as much as you would think. With all the planning put towards minute details like decor and wallpaper used, it can be easy to overlook some of the most important rooms in the house. Namely, the bathroom. And more specifically, the hardware and fixtures found within such as toilets.
Today, we’re going to give our readers access to our toilet knowledge through an in depth buying guide. We will aim to show you exactly what you need to look for when shopping by utilizing a number of online guides and resources. For example, www.toiletbrains.com has a list of the best toilets based on specific criteria which we will be using to our advantage.
1. Flushing mechanism
If you’ve already spent a reasonable amount of time looking at various plumbing supplies available online, you will have no doubt came across a wide range of flush mechanisms. Some are built to produce more power to suck the waste out, whilst others get by with a simple, singular flush system.
However, further research into this will also present you with additional options such as dual flush which gives home owners a choice of two different levels of water consumption based on the waste being flushed down the toilet.
2. One piece or two
Some terms may confuse people. However, both of these are really quite simple to understand. A one piece loo is really the bowl and tank system attached to one another, whilst the two piece designs have the bowl and tank separate.
There are pros and cons to each design, for example, one piece options usually better equipped for smaller bathrooms, which is something many consumers tend to look for.
3. Toilet bowl shape
Put simply, you will need to decide on either an elongated bowl, or a rounded one. The rounded ones are typically designed to fit into smaller spaces, and the elongated bowls are often seen as the type of shape that effectively improves user comfort whilst seated because your legs are in a more natural position.
4. Brand name
The manufacturer is going to play a big role in quality and longevity of your purchase. No two companies are equal, and some do certainly stand out over others, which can result in them being a bit pricier due to having a respectable reputation. Some of the leading brand names to keep an eye on include American Standard, TOTO, and KOHLER. All of which have produced some outstanding models over the years.
How much your willing to spend on a toilet is going to say a lot about the overall quality you will end up with. In most cases, a spend of between $250-$400 is suitable for residential settings. However, for commercial premises, it may be a better idea to go for something on the higher end of the price spectrum, and look for durability first and foremost.
Not everyone is a fan of buying products that are environmentally friendly. However, those that are will appreciate the numerous WaterSense products popping up all over the place. Starting at 1.28 gallons of water usage in each flush, households can make substantial savings on their water bills.
These are really the main things to be keeping track of. There are less important extras like the color and where the trip lever is located, but we feel covering the main features will do far more for you in your search for a good toilet than worrying about the little details.
Find the right shower head for your home
September 15, 2014
In my day to day life, getting up each morning, turning on the water to take a nice shower only to find a terrible spray power and poor coverage is one of my worst nightmares. To wake up properly, I find that a nice, hot stream of water can work wonders to revitalize you and have you ready to face the day in no time.
More and more people are waking up to this thought process too. With tremendous growth in previously lower popularity products such as rain shower heads which produce better coverage than any of the traditional models could ever do.
So today, we’re going to look as some essential pieces of information to help you make your own mind up in finding one of the best rated shower heads on the market.
Buying guide – The basics
Essentially, there are three main things you want to look into when researching online. All of which will be covered below.
1. Spray power – It doesn’t matter if you live in a household with low water pressure or one with high, everyone in a modern home should aim for products which provide high pressure from the nozzles. There are numerous technologies available that allow them to achieve this, and can certainly help provide a better showering experience.
2. Spray variety – The amount of spray patterns available can be beneficial. Especially those of you who have more than one person living in the household. Look for optinos that produce a variety of patterns from the nozzle. Generally, these will include rainfall, mist, massage, and several variations of these with differing levels of power. Look for options which allow you to switch between each via the turn of the fase plate.
3. Type of shower head – Believe it or not, there is plenty of choice available. No longer do you have to choose from a small range of standard, smaller products which come with their own limitations. In fact, you now get beautifully designed ones that will produce a far wider water coverage. Additionally, you also get options for the home technology enthusiasts such as ones which light up when they are too hot or cold.
Whilst these are the main three things to consider when shopping, there are also other things you can do to protect yourself from buyers remorse. For example, one of the first things I do before spending any cash is look at what people and experts are saying online. This can be in the form of reading shower head reviews from bloggers, and consumers. You can often find important information such as product flaws and advantages by doing so, rather than going in blind.
Welcome to the Dave Elms Home improvement Blog
August 15, 2014
Hey guys, pleasure to meet you, and thanks for taking time out of your day to check out my blog. For those of you new to this page, I will provide a little bit of information about myself.
Having started out in my career as a plumber, I picked up a lot of things to do with renovating bathrooms, and that includes things like toilets, showers, and even the more obscure things such as hot tubs. Over the years, I expanded my knowledge and qualifications to become more of a handyman rather than a single track plumbing tradesman.
After gaining experience working for several local firms, I decided to take the plunge back in 2014 to build up my own client base and run my own business. I’ve had great success so far, and this blog essentially highlights several projects I have been working on for both clients as well as bits and pieces for my own home.
Essentially, this is a diary which can be used for future reference, showing plenty of tips and tricks picked up along the way.
As someone who has recently moved home, these skills I have acquired over the years are going to become extremely handy as me and my family are planning a huge overhaul of the household, with improvements being made to the kitchen, lounge, bathroom, and bedrooms.
Hopefully, people looking to learn in this field will pick up a few things by reading this blog.
All the best, Dave.