Three words come to mind when I think of vinyl: low cost and lovely. This resilient type of flooring combines easy-to-clean durability with the look of natural materials. Vinyl is easy on the pocket-book, comfortable to walk on and super low-maintenance.
Interior design is a tricky thing for most people. You have to know which colors to use, what materials, in which style etc. That’s a little bit tricky, if you ask me. Even if you think you can do it, it’s very probable that you won’t do it right.
Warm copper tones in the en-suite bathroom echo the bronze window casings on the exterior of the house. Underfloor heating in this room, and elsewhere in the house, is powered by a combination of an air source pump, solar hot-water panels and an energy-efficient gas boiler.
But as the bathroom increasingly becomes a place to relax and recharge, complete with steam shower and spa tub, the lighting requires extra thought. And when it's done right, the payoff is great. After all, this is the room where you start and end your day.
Mosaics can be very environmentally friendly and many today are made from recycled glass and other “found” objects. As for durability, as with any installed tile project, especially on the floor, it’s all in the preparation. With proper installation, mosaic bathroom floors will last a long time; after all, some...
Attention to aesthetics in the bathroom doesn't diminish the importance of safety. Electricity and water are still lethal companions, and nowhere do they mingle more closely than in the bathroom. Always consult a certified electrician before tackling even the simplest lighting project....
Ceramic sinks are like porcelain-enameled over cast iron, but without the porcelain over it. Having no overlaying means that it doesn’t deal with corrosion, as the ceramic is more akin to stone than it is to metal. So the surface will be more durable in the long run, but it...
Porcelain-enameled over cast iron is used in bathroom sinks often because it’s heavy and durable. It can be made in a wide variety of shapes of colors and is resistant to hot or cold objects. The problem is that once it’s damaged by sharp impact and the porcelain surface is...
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