Tuesday, August 17, 2010

First flush.

Installed our Toto Eco Whitney toilet in the silo and gave it the ceremonial 'first flush' yesterday. This Toto model is a 1.28 GPF water-saving toilet that seems to be the benchmark in the industry, based on all the research I've done (and I think I've spent far more time researching toilets than I've spent actually using them in the past year!). Hopefully, it will work better than the Caroma Sydney Smart dual-flush toilet I installed in the other bathroom, which we are not very happy with so far. Eventually, the Toto will be connected to an AQUS greywater recycling system to reduce the water usage to well under 1 gallon/flush. I also installed the tub/shower- a 1920 vintage claw foot tub that we bought on Craigslist for $75. I used a Tubby's refinishing kit to make it look new again, and we also had the claw feet professionally chrome plated.
We splurged on a rather expensive plumbing setup from Signature hardware, which looks like quality goods from what I can tell so far. With the curved wall of the silo, I couldn't make a standard vanity fit in the space. So I'm building a custom vanity using some leftover Skyblend sheeting, barn timbers and salvaged wainscotting. I'll probably fabricate a counter top for it from the Eccorok that I have leftover. Almost done....

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