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Using renewable resources in the bathroom


If you’re looking at reducing your impact on the environment in 2016, our experts have some different ways you can go greener in your bathroom. 


Game-changing vanities

Companies like Ronbow are bringing in game-changing technologies to their vanity systems to reduce ecological impact. Materials like Strawboard have recently emerged as an excellent alternative to wood. This extremely moisture-resistant material has been proven to stand up against splintering while affixing hardware, warping in damp conditions, and resistant to mould and pests.


Natural Stone Tile

Not just easy on the eyes, natural stone tiles also hold certain warming benefits that linoleum or hardwood would lack. Natural stone tiles are also perfect for laying on top of electric underfloor heating systems, which will add a touch of luxury to your bathroom. 


Buying Local

Buying through local companies can often mean you receive better warranties on products and better service with onsite maintenance and repairs. Not only that, local businesses will often hire people who have a better understanding of the products they are selling. They also tend to take more time to get to know customers. 


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Big ideas for small spaces


Your layout is set and you're feeling good about your kitchen, but how can you make it feel even bigger? Here are some big ideas for small kitchens from our experts.


Re-defining Useable Space

If you're thinking of ways to use narrow cabinet space, consider a pull-out spice rack. These narrow shelves are essentially two rails attached to a cabinet front. Often much thinner than regular cupboards, the shelving is a great alternative to space that might otherwise be wasted or inefficiently used.

Another bit of wasted space is under the countertop in front of the sink. Enter: the tilt tray. Using an easy-to-install kit, these trays transform plain cabinet fronts to convenient storage for scouring pads, and brushes.


Sink Wisely

When every inch of counter space matters, choose a small, single-bowl, under-mount sink.... This creates a bit more workspace on the counter because the edges of the sink will be hidden. You'll also gain even more prep area by selecting a sink with a cutting board designed to fit over top.

Concerned about complementing that smaller sink? Try an articulated faucet. These multi-jointed wonders bend out of the way and lock in place to accommodate large pots and dishes, then simply fold up neatly when not in use. Need even more room? A wall-mounted articulated faucet saves even more space on the counter.


"No one puts baby in the corner."

Corners in a kitchen have almost always been wholly unused space, aside from your aunt's hand-me-down cookie jar. Why not move the sink there? Positioning it in the corner frees up space on either side and you now have two work areas, adding an illusion of a bigger room, and with the plumbing tucked in the back you have more usable storage under the sink.

Adding storage in every nook and cranny is at the top of most designers' to-do lists. A creative way of nixing the Lazy Suzan is adding a set of corner drawers. These makes everything more accessible, even those items from the back of the cupboard.


Space Savers

Empty wall space? Go vertical! Why not install a rack for pots and pans, utensils, towels, or even a magnetic knife rack.

Pro tip: Adding this wall-hung arrangement to a darker-coloured feature wall will hide scuff marks.


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