Bathrooms and bedrooms are always a sanctuary or at least they should be. You’d be amazed what a few simple projects can do to your rooms. For the bedroom, try painting the trim on the windows and doorways a deep chocolate, switching out the metal or plastic mini-blinds for a dark wood bamboo blind. A new bed-in-a bag can cost you as little as and still look modern and fresh. Martha Stewart’s bed-in-bags are surprisingly classy and comfortable. Add a small lamp behind a cornered bed or behind a larger item on the dresser, (Television) the lighting in the room will be soft and inviting.
But recently i started seeing articles about the “new” composting toilets and how homeowners were installing them in middle-America homes and office buildings. They’ve been a fixture (no pun intended) in Europe for a long time. Natural cuisine at home says this is the fastest growing trend in green building. What a radical concept! I had to investigate. Maybe we’d be using this in our next home.
I did research the idea of using a composting toilet in the yurt as a way of conserving water and being greener. Ultimately the concept was rejected because at that time a lot of effort was required to keep them working well, and not stinking indoors. Heck, we already had cats to help in that department, we didn’t need any more ways of adding aroma! We travel just enough that the regular maintenance required to keep them working properly would be an issue, I felt. When I’m not sold on the effort required to properly maintain a system you can imagine it’s hard to sell My Bigger Half on the system.
I was intrigued with the composting toilets on Longs Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO, as a young adult. They are located just below the Keyhole, at the top of the Boulder Field, the last chance to “de-fuel” comfortably before the push to the top. The waste was dried with solar panels “cooking” the deposits, which were then packed down the mountain by pack animals at the end of the season. What a great way to protect that fragile environment. And what a pleasant way to “de-fuel”.
An alternative selection, whilst slightly more highly-priced, is Corian. An outstanding looking work top that is streamlined as it moulds into your sink and drainer. Made in nearly every colour of the rainbow and even simple to clean. Fabulous. Maybe your preference would be to have wooden work tops. Warm, homely and exceedingly good looking. The decision is yours.
Countertops. Granite is a very popular choice, but it is very expensive. There are plenty of laminates available that look and perform like granite, but cost nowhere near as much. Rounded corners are a new trend that seems to be catching on too.
We’re an “idea” magazine for women and couples with a DIY attitude. That attitude can apply to a lot of aspects to your life- home decorating, outdoor living, cooking, even health, travel and beauty.
My Bigger Half and i already conserve water well, typically using less than 1,000 gallons/month — even with my greenhouse. Water savings isn’t the focus here, though it’s important to us. It’s more about not polluting ground water and for disturbing the land the very least we can. We’ll still pay the water company as if we are using 2,000 gallons/month. We just won’t have a 750-ish square foot leach field marring the land, or a holding tank to deal with.