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Tips from Prestige Marble & Granite for Creating an Eco-Friendly Bathroom

If you’re exploring the possibility of a bathroom renovation, you have most likely discovered that there is an enormous number of choices available to consumers, which can be overwhelming, to say the least. You are also probably well aware that most older bathrooms are scenes of over-indulgent water usage and excess energy consumption. So, why not kill two birds with one stone by selecting eco-friendly options for your new bathroom? Not only will you be doing a kindness to the planet (and most likely your wallet, too!), you will narrow down the plethora of choices dramatically!  Here are some eco-smart tips for transforming your eco-wasteland into a luxurious green haven – without sacrificing performance.

Toilets

watersense-imageSince toilets can use more than 25% of a home’s water consumption, selecting a low-flow toilet is a good place to start. Back when the law first mandated that newly manufactured toilets could only have 1.6 gallons of water per flush (older pre-1994 toilets flush up to seven gallons of water in a single flush!), “low-flow” became a dirty word – but gone are the days when low-flow equaled low-performance. Low-flow toilets today provide ample flushing power while still using just a fraction of the water.

In addition to the traditional (yet modified), gravity-assisted toilets, there are several newer low-flow options available. Pressure-assisted flush toilets use pressurized air in the tank to push the water into the bowl more forcefully, which helps to make up for the lower water amount. Some toilets have pumps for more flushing power, but be aware that the pump requires an electrical source. Dual-flush toilets are a newer design, with the option of pushing one button for flushing liquid waste (.8 gallons of water per flush) and another for solid waste (1.6 gallons per flush).

When shopping for a toilet, look for the WaterSense label, which indicates the toilet is 20 percent more water efficient than average products in that category and it performs as well or better than their less efficient counterparts.

touchless faucetFaucets

Replacing old, inefficient faucets and aerators with WaterSense labeled models can save the average family 700 gallons of water per year. Faucets with the WaterSense label use a maximum of 1.5 gallons per minute (as compared to the standard flow of 2.2 gallons per minute) and can reduce a sink’s water flow by 30 percent or more without sacrificing performance.

For even better water and dollar savings, go one step further and install a motion sensor, or touchless, faucet. Most of us probably use more water than we need when brushing our teeth and washing face or hands. A touchless faucet will keep this wasted water from adding up–just turning the water off while you’re brushing your teeth can save as much as 3,000 gallons of water per year!

Shower Heads

Like the low-flow toilets, low-flow shower heads have come a long way–and they are doubly efficient. Not only do they save the amount of water you use, they also conserve the energy you use to heat the water. Select a shower head with a flow rate of less than the mandated 2.5 gallons per minute for maximum water efficiency.

You’ll find two basic types of low-flow shower heads on the market: aerating-flow and laminar-flow. Aerating shower heads mix air with water, forming a misty spray. Laminar-flow shower heads form individual streams of water, creating the sensation of more water. And as an added bonus, laminar heads also lose less heat because no air is mixed in. Laminar technology doesn’t produce as much steam as aerated methods, which is beneficial if you live in a humid environment.

As with toilets and faucets, look for the WaterSense label when shopping for shower heads.

Countertops, Floors and Wall Cladding

Natural stone countertops, floors and wall cladding are the natural choice for your environmental decision-making during a bath remodel. Marble, granite and other natural stone surfacing will not need to be replaced for a long time, lasting for at least 100 years in many cases, and certainly for the life of the building in most.

No other building material is as recyclable as natural stone. Nearly 100% of stone from deconstructed projects is recyclable and able to be used on other projects, or crushed for use as roadbeds, etc.

Research conducted by the University of Tennessee’s Center for Clean Products found that natural stone does not directly emit any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). While it’s possible for stone to source VOCs from adhesives and applied sealants, low- and no-VOC options are available.

Lighting

If you haven’t already made the switch to LED light bulbs, now is the time. Though more expensive initially, LED bulbs consume 80 percent less energy than the old incandescent bulbs, and they last 50 times longer (20-25 times longer than a typical halogen, and 8-10 times longer than a typical CFL). CFL bulbs (also energy-saving alternatives), by comparison, only last up to 10 times as long, contain mercury and don’t work well with dimmers. LED light bulbs have made great strides over the past few years and now cover the range of light, from soft and warm to crisp and cool. Combine saving hundreds of dollars per bulb in energy savings with a lifespan of more than 11 years, and the choice of LED lighting for your bathroom is an easy one.

When you’re ready to select your countertops for your new eco-friendly bathroom, Prestige Marble and Granite has the surfacing you need . We offer a large selection of exotic and rare natural stones that will give your design project a one-of-a-kind look as well as an eco-friendly character. Stop by our indoor showroom anytime; we’re here to help you every step of they way – from selection and layout through fabrication and installation.

 

At Look at US Architectural Styles: The American Bungalow

Last week’s post on architectural styles focused on the impressive Greek Revival, well known here in Middle Tennessee for its prominence in antebellum history. This week, we’re taking look at a style that may be smaller in scale, but definitely high on charm, the American Bungalow.  The bungalow gained popularity at the turn of the century (20th) because it offered affordable pricing for simple, yet soundly constructed homes for many Americans getting by on modest means.

These early bungalows, were not without a sense of style, however. There are actually many variations on the bungalow, each with distinctive artistic touches. From Arts & Crafts to Art Moderne, just about every style you can imagine has found expression in the simple and practical American Bungalow. Still popular, vintage bungalows are a favorite renovation project for many, and fresh takes on the old styles are being built brand new every day. Here’s a look at a few of the popular American Bungalow styles you will find all over the country.

Craftsmen Bungalow

Derived from the English Arts and Crafts style, which lavished attention on handcrafted details using wood, stone, and other materials drawn from nature, the Craftsmen bungalows were simple wooden houses with Arts & Crafts flourishes.
Some of the identifying features of Craftsmen bungalows are:
  • Low-pitched gabled roof with wide, unenclosed eave overhang
  • Roof rafters usually exposed
  • Decorative beams or braces under gables
  • Stone porch supports usually squared and sometimes slanting inward

Chicago Bungalow

Chicago Bungalows are characterized by solid brick construction and a large, front-facing roof dormer. Bungalows built in and near Chicago have many of the lovely Craftsman details that you find in other parts of the country.
Here are some of the identifying elements:
  • Brick construction
  • Full basement
  • Narrow frontage
  • Hipped roof
  • Large gabled dormer facing the street
  • Spacious porch, often enclosed

Spanish Revival Bungalow

This exotic version of a bungalow was inspired by Spanish Colonial architecture in the American southwest. Usually sided with stucco, and with low-pitched to flat roofs, these homes have decorative glazed tiles, arched doors or windows, and many other Spanish Revival details. Some of the identifying features are:
  • Low-pitched or flat roof
  • Red tiles on roof
  • Decorative glazed tile
  • Stucco-siding, usually white, cream, or tan
  • Carved wooden doors
  • Arched windows or doorways
  • Decorative wrought iron railings and window grills

 Dutch Colonial Bungalow

Inspired by the architecture of the colonies, these quaint homes have rounded gambrel roofs with the gable at the front or the side. many of these charming bungalows have the characteristics of larger Dutch Colonial Revivals. Identifying features include:
  • 1½ to 2 stories
  • Clapboard or shingle siding, but occasionally with brick or stone facing
  • Typically symmetrical façades, but also found with side entries
  • Gable-end chimneys
  • Porch under overhanging eaves
  • Shed, hipped, or gable dormers
  • Columns for porches and entry

Whatever your style, Prestige Marble and Granite has the countertop you need to help make your house a home. We offer a large selection of exotic and rare natural stones that are sure to provide your design project with a one-of-a-kind look. Stop by our indoor showroom anytime; we’re here to help you every step of they way – from selection and layout through fabrication and installation.

A Look at Architectural Styles in the US: Greek Revival

One of the most magnificent examples of residential Greek Revival architecture is rattle and Snap, here in Maury County.
One of the most magnificent examples of residential Greek Revival architecture is Rattle and Snap, here in Maury County.

In this second part of our series, we’re going to look at the history and elements that make up the architectural style known as Greek Revival. We see a lot of this style in Middle Tennessee, as most Antebellum homes were built in the Greek Revival, Classical Revival, or Federal style: grand, symmetrical, and boxy, with center entrances in the front and rear, balconies, and columns or pillars. While all three of these revival styles have some basic elements in common, each has distinct design elements that make them unique. Here’s a look at Greek Revival.

A Brief History of Greek Revival Style in the US

Even though Greek Revival seems quintessentially southern, evoking visions of Gone with the Wind’s Tara, the style, in fact, began in 1825 with public buildings in Philadelphia. European trained architects designed in the Grecian style, and the fashion spread via carpenter’s guides and pattern books. At the time, America was looking to ancient Greece for inspiration, not just in its architecture, but in its philosophy, the arts and science, as well. The popularity of Grecian style was essentially an expression of America’s triumphant sense of destiny and the sense that our newly formed nation was the spiritual descendant of Greece, birthplace of democracy. Popular from 1825 to 1860, the Grecian architecture was prevalent right up to the Civil War.

Key Elements of Greek Revival

Roof
Low pitched gable and hip roofs were typical. The cornice line was embellished with a wide band of trim to emphasis the temple-like roof.
Windows
Windows were mostly double hung with six panes to each sash. Decorative windows were frequently in three-part assemblages. Window surrounds tended to be less elaborate than doorways.
Tall columns and pediments
The ancient Greek temple model, with its row of tall columns and pediments, includes two of the most obvious characteristics of this style of historic home design.
Painted plaster exterior
Although the actual buildings in Greece were all made of stone, American homes of this style were not. Instead, they were crafted in wood and covered in plaster, then painted white to create the look of stone.
Entrances
The arched entrances and fanlights common in the Georgian and Federal styles were not part of the Greek revival movement, but elaborate door surrounds were frequent features of Greek Revival homes. Typically, sidelights with small panes and a rectangular transom (over the door) were framed by heavy, wide trim, sometimes recessed for a more three-dimensional look. The door itself might be single or double, divided into one, two, or four panels.  A portico or porch was almost invariably added in front of the entrance.
Bold Moldings
The moldings were bold, yet simple. Heavy cornices, gables with pediments, and unadorned friezes were typical inside and out.
Embellishment 
Expensive homes would usually add more detail, like framed dormer windows on the second story, with pilasters and pediments. The less wealthy adopted similar features but with less flash.

 

Whatever your style, Prestige Marble and Granite has the countertop you need to help make your house a home. We offer a large selection of exotic and rare natural stones that are sure to provide your design project with a one-of-a-kind look. Stop by our indoor showroom anytime; we’re here to help you every step of they way – from selection and layout through fabrication and installation.