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Is a Smart Toilet Worth the $$$$

Would you spend the money to transform your “throne” into a spa or in other words, is a “Smart Toilet” worth the $$$$ in your new bathroom?

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The movement to be clean and green has taken over the world. We consume “green health drinks”, recycle, eat organically grown food, and build Focus on Energy Green Homes with smart technology that utilize less energy. But is a “Smart Toilet” seriously worth the extra money?

First of all, there are many different levels of smart toilets. You can pick and chose the features on which to spend your hard earned money.Some models only cost a few hundred dollars while others may put you back several thousand dollars. Several manufactures such as Kohler with their Numi Toilet, America Standard with the Spalet and DXV , and Toto have similar features.  Both companies as well as other manufacturers include the following in their high end toilets:

  • wave or sensor flush
  • the option of a battery powered or electric wired system
  • flush technology ( sensors to determine how much water and power needed to flush)
  • Automatic seats- great for those that forget to put it down
  • Automatic slowly rising and closing lids
  • LED lighted bowls and base lights
  • self cleaning
  • massaging bidets
  • cleaning and with adjustable water and pressure temperatures
  • self- cleaning
  • foot warmers and heated seats
  • remote controls
  • Bluetooth and MP3 capabilities- so you can listen to tunes while you go

If these features aren’t enough, the  Numi  by Kohler also comes with a touch screen allowing you to customize the settings for up to 6 people and a magnetic docking station to store and recharge the remote. Each user can control everything from their music, choice of water temperature and pressure, to front or rear washing, dryer temperature, and brightness of the light. But, what happens if the power goes out, the batteries die, or you have a guest? Not to worry, the manufacturers have made auxiliary controls that allow the user to control the basic functions without a remote. Also, the battery operated models come with an alarm alerting the user to change the batteries.

You ask, besides changing the ritual of using the bathroom into a luxurious spa – like experience, what is the advantage to these high end expensive toilets. Each of these toilets use considerably less water than the old manual flush toilets. Compared with the older toilets which can use 3, 5, or 7 gallons of water with each new flush the eco friendly designs use .8 gallons for liquid waste and 1.6 for solid waste. These eco- friendly toilets may save you up to $100 per year of water. Not to mention the savings of cleaning solutions, toilet paper, and your precious time spent cleaning. The question is though;how much does your spa toilet cost you in either batteries or electrical power?

No longer do we need to call, “Calgon to take me away,” we can truly sit on our “throne” for a spa experience. 

 

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7 Tips for Creating a Cozy Room

Today’s lifestyle is all about comfort. Create warm welcoming spaces that beckon you to relax and slow down, even if it is only for a few minutes or a couple of hours. Whether building a new home or redecorating your space, follow these 7 tips to create a warm cozy room.

  1. Be a minimalist. Keep your room, floor, counters, and walls free of clutter. Remember, less is more, is easier on the senses. Decorating with several signature pieces or accessories to rest your eyes on is better then a crowded room in which your eyes don’t know where to land.
  2.  Decorate with plush and cozy furniture. Comfortable furniture calls you to sit down and relax. A bed made with pillows and a fluffy comforter says, “Come and lay on me.” Cozy and plush doesn’t necessarily mean overly large furniture, just make sure it is comfortable and fits you well.
  3. Allowing natural sunlight in the room during the day invites you to sit and relax in the sunbeam. Nothing is more relaxing than sitting with a cup of coffee or tea and feeling the natural warmth of the sunshine. Avoid using harsh lights during the evenings, instead opt for dimmed mood lighting to create a warm ambiance. Lamps and chandeliers in the bedroom or great room offer softer light than recessed lights. Recessed lights are best for work spaces such as the kitchen.
  4. Most clients continue to request wood floors but are also choosing to add carpeting in the bedrooms and great rooms. Decorating with a plush area rug on top of wood floors anchors the furniture in a bedroom or great room while enticeing you to sink your feet into it much as you would do with warm sand on a beach.
  5. Water features bring the outside in and create a dreamy feeling in a home.  Adding a small fountain or a water wall to your room can help to ease the tensions of the outside world.
  6. Paint your walls a more neutral color such as beige, soothing whites, pale grays, or a calming blue. Keeping the walls neutral but adding brighter accessories also allows you to change your decor more frequently.
  7. Bring the outside in. Decorate your room with green plants and natural elements such as acorns, pine cones, wood, or rattan accessories. Don’t overdo it but a few well placed items help to create a more relaxing environment.

We live such busy lifes’ overwrought with technology and noise that creating a cozy retreat  in our homes encourages rest and relaxation.What tips do you have for creating a cozy space in your home?