French Country Bathroom

The bathroom is an area that gives a homeowner the chance to combine good design, efficiency and functionality into a pleasing space. Bathrooms are sometimes hastily designed to be purely functional resulting in a room that is unpleasant to occupy. There are a few basic tips that can be followed when revamping a bathroom that will create an enjoyable and relaxing space:

Design The Bathroom Like A Room

During the design stage the same considerations that are given to a living room, kitchen or home office should be applied to the bathroom. This means doing more than just arranging a toilet, sink and tub in any way that will fit.

Furniture like vanities for bathrooms and wall shelves should be considered in the design. The bathroom should have defined areas that are dedicated to a specific purpose. Each area should be spaced logically in relation to the others to create a well thought-out room in the home.

Use Low-Flow Toilets And Faucet Aerators

Part of revamping a bathroom involves updating fixtures and making the room more efficient. One way to do this is to use toilets that have a low-flow mechanism. This will reduce water usage while still allowing the toilet to function as expected.

Another simple way to make a bathroom more efficient is to install aerators in the faucets on the sink and shower. Aerators reduce water usage by a large amount without reducing pressure. This also saves on water heating costs.

Choose Quality Fixtures

New fixtures can help to define the decor in a bathroom. It is important to choose quality fixtures that match the surrounding design scheme. Fixtures like faucets for a sink can be made from many different types of materials. Spending a little extra to purchase fixtures that will not corrode quickly can mean a more cost-effective bathroom over time. Quality fixtures will also have fewer problems, will be easier to clean and will work more efficiently.

Make The Bathroom Accessible

Part of revamping a bathroom means ensuring that it is safe for everyone who will use it. People with limited mobility will benefit from a shower that has a low threshold so that it is easy to enter and leave the area. Vanities for bathrooms should be the correct height for use so that excessive bending or reaching is not necessary.

Additionally, each element of the a bathroom from the toilet to the cabinets on the walls should be placed so that there is enough space to move comfortably inside of the room without straining and contorting.

Revamping the bathroom can really help to change the dynamic of the adjoining rooms. It will establish a functional space that blends in well with the rest of the home. Making choices based on safety, water efficiency and good design principles will ensure that the bathroom will be a valued addition to the home for years to come.


Taking a nice, relaxing shower is a favorite pastime amongst many people. Although a very pleasant experience, long showers are actually detrimental to the world water supply and should be avoided at all costs. Here are a few simple tips on how to ensure your showers do not run over the recommended time.

Be Quick, Don’t Linger
One of the most basic tips for making sure your showers are not too long is to not linger around in the shower. This includes playing in the water, standing under the falling water, or even going over your day while in the shower. By not lingering in the shower, you are sure to cut back on shower time.

Cold Showers
An extreme way of contributing to the conservation of water and energy is by taking cold showers. Hot water uses a lot of energy and hot showers cause people to stay longer in the shower, thus using more water. By showing with cold water less energy is used and it will prevent you from staying too long.

Don’t Do Everything In the Shower
Many people like to do everything at once while in the shower. Although a time-saving practice, doing too many things in the shower drags out the time you spend under the water. By simply sticking to shower activities while having the water running, you are sure to use less water.

Use a Timer
Many of us have all the intentions to take quick showers. Without knowing exactly how long you are in the shower, it is hard to tell if it has been too long or just enough time. Set a timer for yourself that will go off and warn you when your showers are taking longer than normal. If you don’t have a timer, you can also use a radio and shower the length of one or two songs.

Save Water With A Shower Timer

shower timer

Did you know that the average shower length is 8 minutes? By reducing that to 5 minutes, you can reduce the amount of water you use by nearly one-third, or just about 10 gallons per day. If you already take just a five minute shower, by cutting back a little by just one minute could save you up to 1,825 gallons of water each year. Taking a shorter shower, in combination with using a low-flow showerhead, can result in significant savings. This timer sticks on to your shower wall, and when all the sand has run through, your shower time is up.


Fill a half gallon container such as a plastic milk bottle. Remove any paper or plastic label on the outside of the container. Fill it at least partially with sand, or gravel. Then add water if more weight is needed. If you just fill it with water, though, the container will move around in the tank and interfere with the mechanism.

Seal it shut and place the container in the tank of the toilet. Carefully lower it into the water and replace the lid of the tank. You’re all done!

A sealed half gallon container will save half a gallon on each flush. If you, like most people with regular toilets, flush 5 times daily, with this simple process, you will save 350 gallons of water every month.

xeros washing machine

This incredible washing machine, which could save billions of liters of water each year, has been designed at the University of Leeds. It uses less than 10% of the water of regular washing machines and 30% less energy by replacing most of the water with thousands of tiny reusable plastic beads to attract and absorb dirt under humid conditions.

Xeros, who developed the technology, will start selling the washing machine to commercial customers such as hotels and dry cleaners before bringing the product household consumers.A tiny amount of water and detergent is needed to dampen the clothes, loosen stains and create the water vapour that allows the beads to work. After the cycle is finished, the beads fall through a mesh in the machine’s drum and can be re-used up to a hundred times. Xeros has signed a deal with GreenEarth Cleaning, an environmentally friendly dry-cleaning business, to sell the technology across North America.

water saving showerhead

This innovative eco-friendly shower head just attaches to your existing fitting, and its design conserves water and energy without sacrificing pressure. This efficient showerhead not only offers you a revitalizing shower, but also makes water savings of between 30 and 70%. Its patented pressure technology accelerates, energises and oxygenates the water flow, allowing you to enjoy its massaging, deep cleansing power.

eco friendly showerhead

Part of the Master Shower Collection from Kohler, this eco-friendly showerhead is available in polished chrome. The Eco hand shower is the first true performance shower head for the green-build market, providing LEED compliance with 20% reduction in water consumption without sacrificing shower performance, so this shower head can help a building earn Water Efficiency points in the LEED Green Building Rating System. And with three satisfying spray options: wide soft coverage, rhythmic pulse, or soft aerated, it’s a great choice for a green shower experience!