Show Notes: Design Tips for a Small Bath and Insulation 101 – On the House

Show Notes: Design Tips for a Small Bath and Insulation 101

By on September 13, 2014

Thank you for joining James and Morris for more fall tips and just plain great information.

That bath may be little, but it can look bigger.

If you are stuck with a dinky bath room and you want to squeeze out additional visual room try some of these great tips:

Install a corner sink. Sometimes even a pedestal sink can disrupt the only available traffic lane in a bathroom.

 Use a shower curtain. A shower curtain that moves back and forth saves space over a glass door that moves in and out. Shower-tub combos actually can fit into small spaces, with some tubs coming in at 60 inches in length.

Float the vanity. Besides just visually helping the bathroom appear bigger, mounting a vanity above the floor frees up a little space for small items.

 Extend the counter over the toilet. This banjo-style arrangement can be done with stone or a wood slab. The extended counter creates just enough space for a few needed items. Toilet placement is not affected, and the look is minimalist and clean.

Expand the mirror. In the tightest spaces, having a mirror stretch across the wall instead of just the vanity can enable two people to use it at once. In less-than-ideal space conditions, every inch helps.

Mount the towel bar on a door.

When space is at a minimum, mounting a towel bar on the shower door keeps towels handy. You might need to store the bulk of your towels in a nearby linen closet, but having that one towel close by to dry off with is essential.

Select a vanity with one shelf. Pedestal design has gotten smarter. Even a pedestal style with one shelf can hold towels or a basket for toilet paper. I personally love the way fresh, clean towels look folded neatly in a bathroom.

 Use a wall-mounted faucet. Mounting a faucet on the wall allows for a narrower sink or vanity, which in turn frees up square footage in the total bathroom. Don’t be afraid to try a wall-mounted faucet in traditional design. It works anywhere!


A Giant 3d Printer Builds Ten Houses In One Day


Chinese company WinSun Decoration Design Engineering has constructed a set of ten single story, 3D-printed homes which it produced in under 24 hours. The homes, printed in prefabricated panels which fit together on site, were created using WinSun’s custom-built 3D printer which measures 10 meters by 6.6 meters, and took the company twelve years to develop. Formed with a cement-based mixture containing construction waste and glass fiber, each of the houses cost just $5,000 to build. Though the houses created so far are fairly simple, CEO of WinSun Ma Yihe is optimistic about the future of the technology, saying that he hopes to one day use their 3D printer to create skyscrapers. Speaking to the International Business Times, Ma said: “Industrial waste from demolished buildings is damaging our environment, but with 3D-printing, we are able to recycle construction waste and turn it into new building materials. This would create a much safer environment for construction workers and greatly reduce construction costs.”
Each of the houses is designed to accommodate plumbing, electrical wiring and insulation which are all added after construction


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What’s The Most Efficient Insulation Material?

 When comparing types of insulation, you should remember that they’re measured in terms of their resistance to heat flow, indicated by “R-value.” Choosing the right insulation type can vary depending on your needs and your desire to be green.

Attics generally require an R-value of R-35 to R-45. This will be the most heavily insulated part of your home. In the past, most homes used simple fiberglass insulated rolls.

These days you have options like spray foam, foil-faced reflective paper, polyethylene bubbles or straw core panels, wool, or cotton, and these are just a few of the types available.

If you’re starting from scratch and building a home then using insulated concrete forms, which is literally building the insulation into your home’s structure, is the way to go for maximum efficiency.

However, if you’re remodeling an existing home, spray foam is probably the best option for maximum energy efficiency. Loose fill cellulose or fiberglass can also be sprayed into existing structures. So when it comes time to add or improve insulation in your house, look for the one that has the most appropriate R-value that works best for your home’s needs. This will depend on the age of your home, the structure itself and where your house is located.

A house in Minnesota will have different needs than one in Florida. In the end though, the goal is the same, you want to provide effective resistance to the flow of heat and cold air.


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