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Custom Residential, Interior Design

The Pros and Cons of Different Types of Toilets

Toilet options are a frequently asked question around here. Where do you start with so many options on the market? We picked our interior designers’ brains about everything toilets so you can go into your bathroom remodel with the info you need to pick the option right for you.

October 15, 2020

We get more questions about toilets than you’d think. So, hey, let’s talk about toilets.

They aren’t the most glamorous thing in your home, but toilets play a big role in our day-to-day lives. So jump on in, and let’s talk about toilets and other items for the bathroom you maybe haven’t given much thought to before.

Dual-Flush Toilets are Great… Sometimes

Dual-flush toilets are a great way to show your commitment to water conservation, but you may want to put a low-flow toilet in places where you have guests, instead. Not everyone knows how to use dual-flush toilets properly, and you may end up with people flushing twice and using far more water than if you had just installed a low-flow toilet.

Bidets are Making a Comeback

After the toilet paper shortage of 2020, we were personally curious about bidet options for the home. What was once a cost and space-prohibitive luxury has now become something far more commonplace. You can even find a bidet toilet seat at large warehouse stores at a reasonable price. While it would be ideal to have an electrical outlet near the toilet to plug one into, you can also have an unheated version that will mean the water coming out will be brisk, but definitely will do the job.

Not only are bidets a great way to decrease or eliminate toilet paper usage, but they are also a wonderful addition to a home where mobility issues are a concern.

Yes, You Can Have a Urinal in Your Home

Some clients have inquired about installing urinals in their bathrooms. If you have space in your bathroom, you may want to explore installing a separate urinal. Some people find that their bathroom cleaning is cut down significantly by installing a urinal or two in their home.

Wall-Mounted Toilets Are Still Popular

Wall-mounted toilets have been around for a while and certainly can mean some space savings in a cramped bathroom. The other advantages of wall-mounted toilets are the ease of cleaning under and around them, and the height customization you can achieve. If you are a family who is on the taller side, you may find the height of standard toilets to be a bit low for your comfort and a wall-mounted toilet can be an elegant solution.

Where Interior Designers Spend Money in a Bathroom Remodel

If there is one thing that you are looking to spend money on in your bathroom, it isn’t the toilet. Under-cabinet lights and thermostatic controls are nice. But whole-heartedly, heated floors are the place that we would definitely put a little extra into if you had to pick one luxury.

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