Why do you need a Toto Washlet or Neorest?

You probably wouldn’t have thought that your bathroom can be upgraded for ease of use and hygiene. But, you can. Toto manufactures special washlets that are unlike anything else in this world. This bathroom product can literally change your life!

Qualities

Toto produces washlets of many types. These are basically toilet seats that have a bidet wand and heated seat. You can install a washlet on your existing toilet to have the additional benefits of a Toto washlet. You don’t have to worry about the shape or size of your toilet because these washlets are made for all types and sizes of toilets. Round, as well as elongated toilets, can accommodate these additional pieces. The washlet will fix on top to provide all the amazing features.

The reason why these washlets are such a highly recommended product is due to their innovative and highly useful features. They are practical and luxurious. The basic feature in all washlets is to clean with the bidet wand. The bidet spray feature cleans automatically. It is actually a more efficient approach than wiping with toilet paper.

More recent models of the washlets come with sensors. Every time the toilet is used, these sensors will automatically start the deodorizing process. The concept of spraying may sound intimidating to some people due to the risk of splash back. However, you must not worry about things like these at all. The washlets are designed with extreme caution. The design and structure has actually been finalized after conducting research on multiple males and females. There will be no splash back whatsoever because the sprays are angled in the perfect way.

Upgrades

As previously mentioned, there are a number of types of washlets manufactured by Toto. Each one has a different design or feature. Neorest is one of such models that are among the most luxurious options. Other than the basic features, you will find a lot more than you would have ever thought necessary. Neorest will become a part of your wish list after hearing the details.

It comes with a deodorizer. After the toilet has been used, a deodorant will automatically be sprayed so that the bathroom always smells clean. Moreover, a built-in air purifier keeps the surroundings clean and free of germs. You will also get a heated seat option in any of the models. It can be a nightmare having to use the toilet during winters. This heated seat will keep you comfortable even when in your bathroom!

Levels of luxury are redefined with Toto’s washlets. One of the premium features includes an automatic open and close facility. The toilet seat will close on its own after every use. Any arguments that used to arise from leaving the seat up will not be a problem anymore!

Toto Washlets and Neorests range from $499 and can go as high as $12,000. Choose one that fits your budget and live a truly posh life! 

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The Advent of the Technologically Sophisticated Water Closet

The Advent of the Technologically Sophisticated Water Closet

You’ve heard the saying, “we’ve come a long way baby.”  That’s certainly the case when it comes to water closets available to homeowners.  For nearly a century, the functionality of the toilet did not change dramatically. Then in the 1990s, the U.S. market saw the introduction of the bidet seat and since that time, toilet technology has evolved to offer an array of options that are more closely associated with smartphones than they have been for plumbing fixtures. 

  • Intelligent (smart) water closets offer advance technology that enables:
  • The toilet can clean itself
  • Lids open automatically as users approach
  • Hands-free flushing
  • Illuminated seats
  • Remote control operation
  • Personal cleansing/bidet functions
  • Temperature controlled heated seats 
  • Users can play music
  • Seats automatically close softly (soft close)
  • Connection to a personal digital assistant that users can command to lift the seat, prepare the bidet, play music, shop, change lighting and flush, among other smart home functions.

One intelligent self-cleaning water closet sprays a mist on the bowl as the user approaches, which enables the water closet to perform 80% better in removing waste than a dry bowl. After the toilet is flushed, it releases a second more acidic electrolyzed mist that works in conjunction with the bowl’s nonstick glaze to remove waste completely.  The bowl is cleaned by an ultraviolet light in the seat lid that triggers a photo catalytic process that breaks down organic substances which are removed when the toilet is flushed. 

Another intelligent model uses a cleaning mechanism built into the tank lid that contains a cartridge filled with a cleaning solution, a battery and control panel.  Once a cleaning cycle is selected, the system dispenses a dose of the cleaning solution into the bowl. The solution is then mixed with water from the tank and flows out into the bowl through the bowl channel.

As technology advances, more manufacturers are expected to introduce self-cleaning technologies to provide added convenience and luxury options to homeowners.

Heated toilet seats continually gain in popularity because of their functionality and the comfort they provide to customers who have to use the water closet in colder climates and/or in the middle of the night.  There are a range of options and price tags.  At the lower end, a heated seat simply warms the surface.  At the higher end, there are seats that can be programmed to an exact specification for different family members.  An additional benefit to heated seats is that they tend to glow or act as a night light, making a trip to the bathroom safer and less likely to wake a partner after the sun goes down.  

Electronic bidet seats are one of the smartest and hardest working innovations in the intelligent water closet arena. These seats function as a bidet and may include other comfort features such as air dryers, seat warmers, deodorizers, automatic lid openers and closers, automatic flushing and remote control operations. If the customer recognizes the benefit of owning a bidet seat, it is important to know that a 120V GFI electrical outlet box needs to be wired into the wall close to the water closet bowl. 

Additionally, advances in glazing technology make water closets more slippery and therefore better able to remove waste without a trace.  Some manufacturers also offer antibacterial glazing.  

Europe is expected to see the introduction of the biotracer water closet that will send an analysis of glucose levels, leucocyte counts and blood proportions, among other data, to the user’s smart phone.  

The technological advances in water closets continue a trend that transforms the bathroom from a utilitarian space to a wellness zone in the home. 

If you are interested in how you can convert your bathroom into a wellness zone and take advantage of the latest technological advances in bath products, give us a call at (313) 831-7770 or visit our showroom at 150 Parson St, Detroit, Mi 48201. 

What’s Trending In The World of Decorative Plumbing

What's Trending In The World of Decorative Plumbing

The ISH Trade Fair, held every other year in Frankfurt, Germany, is the world’s largest exhibition of plumbing products. At the last ISH Fair, there were almost 5,000 manufacturers from 96 countries that attracted nearly 200,000 attendees. They experienced new, cool and cutting-edge products that will soon be available to you and your neighbors to help you create spaces that will “wow” your family and friends, and provide a great sense of personal satisfaction. Here are several of the prevalent trends that were front-and-center at ISH.

  • Finishes are being taken to new heights.
    • Almost every faucet and fixture manufacturer showcased new bronze and brass finishes with faucets and shower systems finished in bronze, gunmetal, pewter and black nickel. There were also lots of transitional pieces in bronze and brass finishes produced from manufacturers known primarily for their contemporary offerings.
    • Gold finishes were huge and in numerous varieties – polished gold, satin gold and rose gold, just to name a few.
    • All shades and textures of black were also among the head-turning trends at the fair.
  • Design elements, such as rings and cuts, are being incorporated into faucet bases.
  • Small wall-mounted sinks were the rage that provide unexpected amounts of countertop space.
  • The industrial look remains strong.
  • Look for smart, sensory shower systems where at a touch of a button you can listen to music, adjust water temperature, provide the health and relaxation benefits of steam, experience light and aroma therapies, customize water flow options that enable users to program settings to match their mood and just about anything else you can imagine in a shower.
  • Multiple purpose and functional showerheads wowed everyone.
  • New bold yet compact tub shapes targeting smaller urban bathrooms could be found almost everywhere.
  • There were splashes of bright and bold colors on kitchen and bath vanity faucets, tubs, sinks, countertops and just about anything else you can imagine for the bath. We saw pastel pink and mint green faucets.
  • Mixed textures were another significant trend. Manufacturers finished lavatory bowls and tubs with matte exteriors combined with different colored polished and glossy interiors.
  • Traps under the sink – a functional component that is usually ignored – are increasingly taking on an aesthetic role as part of the overall design concept, with matching colors to form a single, coherent unit comprised of the basin and its fittings.
  • Technological advancements.
    • Push-button technology is becoming an industry standard.
    • The S-box introduction makes using a pull-out kitchen faucet easier and enhances its functionality. The hose is housed in a box and operated on a pulley system. This results in a much smoother operation for pulling out and returning the faucet head. It also enables the faucet to be used as a pot filler.
    • A BioTracer watercloset is expected to be introduced in Europe. It is billed as the first app-controlled toilet for urine analysis. The toilet will send a report to a smart device providing an analysis of ten important health indicators ranging from blood glucose levels to the amount of protein in your system. The BioTracer reflects the exploding trend of health and wellness in the bath.
    • One manufacturer has developed an electronic shut-off value that will send a message to a smart device if any pipe or fixture in your home is leaking.
    • Rimless toilets that are easier to clean continue to be a top trend.

Making Smaller Bathrooms Appear Larger

Making Smaller Bathrooms Appear Larger

Not every home can accommodate a double shower, freestanding soaker tub, dual vanities, an abundance of cabinet and storage space and so on.  When space is at a premium, specifying different components in the bath, color options and light selection can help make smaller baths appear bigger. Here are several suggestions:

  • Use one color for walls, floors and ceilings. For contrast, use the same color family for flooring material and all other surfaces in the bath. 
  • Let in as much natural light as possible. It will open up the space and provide character. 
  • Don’t use window coverings if possible.
  • If window coverings are necessary, they should be the same color as the walls. 
  • Use lighter or neutral colors throughout the space. 
  • Cooler colors can create the impression that the walls are receding. 
  • Install an oversized mirror or set of mirrors to produce extra light and sparkle. 
  • Specify wall-mounted water closets, vanities and/or sinks. 
  • Specify clear glass for the shower enclosure. 
  • Use recessed light to wash a wall, thereby creating a feeling of increased space. 
  • Place shelves in the corners of the room and light the shelves with track lighting or LED light strips. Casting light in corners and crevices brings attention to details that otherwise go unnoticed. It also helps to create a vertical path of vision for people to follow. When you look up and down versus horizontally, rooms appear to be bigger. 
  • Place wall sconces, overhead lights and lamps higher in the room to push vision upward. 
  • Use smaller fixtures in order to provide more space to move around. Opt for pedestal sinks instead of a vanity. Pedestals typically take up half the space of a vanity. 
  • Put lights on dimmers. If the small bath only can accommodate a single light, provide that fixture with increased functionality. 
  • Use large format floor tile with subtle patterns.
  • Extend cabinets to the ceiling.  Hanging pendants can make rooms look bigger. 

If you would like additional suggestions for making a small bath appear to look larger, please call our showroom at (313)831-7770 or visit us at 150 Parsons St, Detroit, Mi 48201.

I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues

I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues

Don’t wish it away

Don’t look at it like it’s forever

Between you and me I could honestly say

That things can only get better

And while I’m away

Dust out the demons inside

And it won’t be long before you and me run

To the place in our hearts where we hide

And I guess that’s why they call it the blues

Time on my hands could be time spent with you

Laughing like children, living like lovers

Rolling like thunder under the covers

And I guess that’s why they call it the blues

Little did Sir Elton John ever consider that his 1983 hit, I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues, would have an entirely different meaning in 2019, especially when relating to the color blue and its impact on the value of your home. There are numerous factors that affect home prices, most notably, location, school district, access to public transportation, and the date and extent of remodeling projects, among others. However, a recent Zillow analysis found that a fresh coat of paint in the right color may help sell a home for more money. Zillow discovered that homes with rooms painted in shades of blue or light grey may sell for as much as $5,400 more than those painted white. In its Paint Color Analysis, Zillow looked at more than 32,000 photos of recently sold homes to determine how certain colors affected average sale prices compared to similar homes with white walls.

One of the most important rooms where color affected the resale price was the bathroom. Bathrooms painted or tiled with shades of powder blue or light periwinkle sold for $5,440 more than expected. Light blue had the highest premium of any color found in the home. Other colors that resulted in price premiums included cool, natural tones such as gray or oatmeal.

Blue bathrooms commanded the highest premiums. Homes with blue or soft gray-blue kitchens attracted more than $1,800 more than those painted white. Zillow’s chief economist, Svenja Gudell, explains, “Painting walls in fresh, natural-looking colors, particularly in shades of blue or pale gray, not only make a home feel larger, but also are neutral enough to help future buyers envision themselves living in the space. Incorporating light blue in kitchens and bathrooms may pay off especially well as the color complements white countertops and cabinets.”

Would you like us to show you how to use color to generate more greenbacks when you sell or enhance the value of your bath while you live in your home? Please give us a call to discuss what’s possible at (313)831-7770 or visit our showroom at 150 Parsons St, Detroit, MI 48201.

​Floods can be absolutely devastating. Protect your home.

​Floods can be absolutely devastating

Floods can be absolutely devastating. They can destroy not only your house, but all of the things that make you feel at home. As wet conditions cause flooding around the country, we want to help you protect your home from floods, both today and in the future. See below for some tips about how to mitigate the damage caused by flooding and prevent it from occurring in the first place.

How to protect your house from floods:

  1. There are quite a few systems that protect your entire house from leaks and pipe bursts that can act as the first line of defense against any type of flood. The Leaksmart protection system stops pipe bursts before damage occurs by turning off the main water supply when leaks or busts are detected. The Leaksmart sensors will also inform you where the leak is coming from, giving you ample time to mitigate any damage if flooding starts to enter your house.
  2. Clean your catch basin or storm drain. Remove debris or garbage. Doing so will allow for water to get into the drain sooner lower the chances of flooding.
  3. Have a good sump pump and back up sump pump. A sump pump is a pump used to remove water that has accumulated in a water-collecting sump basin, commonly found in the basements of homes.
  4. Make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and debris. Allowing your gutters to drain properly. You should also make sure that gutters drain away from your home.
  5. Apply coatings and sealants to the foundation of your house for waterproofing. This helps protect your home from water seeping in.

How to limit damage after a flood has started:

  1. If a leak is the source of flooding, turn off the water supply to your house.
  2. Use sandbags to block any gaps in doors, windows, or other openings that may lead to flooding.
  3. Move your belongings to an elevated space to protect them from flood waters.
  4. Should flood water encroach on any parts of your electrical system, shut off your electricity. During a flooding event, always assume that every wire or electrical appliance is live.
  5. Make sure your sump pump is working and is on.
  6. Use a shop vacuum or bilge pump to remove water as it comes in. Remember to drain water away from your home.
  7. Photograph or videotape any flooding in order to document and defend your claim with your flood insurance provider.

How to clean up after a flood:

  1. Use a shop vacuum or Zoeller 42 sucker pump to remove any standing water. Once the water is removed, use air dryers or fans in the affected areas to remove all moisture.
  2. Remove all articles that have been submerged in water. Any materials that are porous or absorbent (such as furniture, carpet, and curtains) should be taken to a professional cleaning company or disposed of. Beyond the water damage, flood water often contains contaminants and other elements that are potentially dangerous and stay in place after the water is gone.
  3. Shovel out and remove debris and mud brought in by flood waters.
  4. Once the damaged materials are removed and the home is dry, check for mold on walls, floors, and other surfaces. An easy way to spot mold is to look for spotting or dark blotches, typically with a green or black appearance. If mold or mildew are present, you should call an inspector to assess if the mold or mildew has begun to grow in non-visible places, such as behind drywall or on the subfloor.
  5. Disinfect all surfaces in your home.

While floods can be devastating and unpredictable, taking the aforementioned precautions will give you a fighting chance. Leak detection systems, clearing and maintaining gutters, clearing catch basins, and other steps may be costly, time-consuming, or both. However, the costs to put your house back together after a flood will be far higher. Our counter associates give you the tools you need to stop floods before they even happen.

Most importantly, stay safe out there! 

Keys to Designing a More Beautiful and Functional Bath

Keys to Designing a More Beautiful and Functional Bath

Space is a premium in most bathrooms that we help plan, and it’s essential to have realistic expectations for how to best use the space. In smaller baths, it is often neither realistic or practical to include both a separate shower stall and a dedicated space for a tub. And some bathrooms would look crowded with a double vanity and double sinks. When thinking about a bath remodel, consider the area and how much room you and your family need to maneuver after a shower or bath in order to prepare for the day or a night on the town.

A well-designed bathroom is an organized bathroom. Toiletries, hair dryers, curling irons, makeup, brushes, etc., can quickly clutter a countertop, making the bathroom look unattractive and feel uncomfortable. A tip for designing a more functional, organized and pleasurable bath is to determine what you need to store during the design stage and specify storage solutions to meet those needs. 

We understand that time is our customers’ most valuable asset. Their days are hectic, and they don’t want to waste time searching for a favorite tube of lipstick or waiting for a curling iron to heat up. Manufacturers have responded to this concern, offering vanities and storage solutions with interior adjustable shelving, pull-out trays, interior lighting, hairdryer/curling iron holders, interior electric receptacles, USB port charging stations and drawer dividers to keep baths organized and thoroughly functional.

In addition to adequate storage solutions, another functional criterion to consider when planning a new bath is its care and maintenance. The legs or base of the furniture placed in front of the baseboard might create a gap between the wall and the cabinet. This may not be a concern aesthetically, but it does create a challenge when trying to clean the gap space. The issue may be addressed however, if the furniture has a solid base that can be notched around the baseboard to eliminate the gap or the baseboard is notched to dead end into the base of the cabinet.

In planning a new bath, we never lose sight of the need for fixtures and features to accommodate the varying physical aspects of different family members. This is especially important when specifying mirrors, sinks and shower fixtures. 

Lighting is another key component (and one that is often overlooked) of a functional and aesthetically pleasing bath. Good lighting makes a bathroom more enjoyable while bad lighting can have the opposite effect. We understand how light interacts with materials, users and tasks to enable recommendations that are most appropriate for a new bath project. We often look at the potential to add or expand natural light to a bath renovation project because natural light helps make smaller baths appear larger. This often involves identifying opportunities for a new skylight, especially in bathrooms without windows. 

Effective lighting illuminates a space in layers using different components and strategies to paint the final picture. You can buy a functional $40 faucet in a home center, but most likely that faucet will not add much to the actual beauty of the bath. A similar analogy holds true for lighting. Merely placing a flush-mounted fixture in the center of the bathroom and a light bar over the mirror can provide functional light, but a single fixture or bath light bar may do little to beautify the space, create a mood or evoke a favorable emotional response. Layers of light contribute not only to the functionality of the bath, but also to its design and beauty. 

When we help our clients create the bath of their dreams, we recommend a focal point which could be a sculptural freestanding soaking tub, dramatic light fixture, unique floor covering or vanity.

If you would like additional ideas and suggestions to help design and build the new bath of your dreams, call our showroom at (313)831-7770 or visit us at 150 Parsons st, Detroit, MI 48201.