Bathtubs for Two

Sometimes, you just wanna have some company and save water at the same time. But not all bathtubs are appropriate for two bodies. No one wants to sit on a drain or lean against an overflow so a drain near the center line of the tub eliminates this concern. Ideally, a tub for two would have a slanted back on both sides. Some couples love to have asymetrical slants so that each side offers a different type of reclining comfort.

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What is the Perfect Bathtub Size

What is the Perfect Bathtub Size

Measuring for Tub Size

When advising clients on tub sizing, a good place to start is to measure the length from hip to heel of the primary bather. Then, find a tub that is about that length along the bottom interior. For width, the interior bottom should be about 6-8″ wider than the primary bather’s widest part.

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French Country Kitchen with Copper Farm Sink

Every once in a while we get lucky enough to meet super happy people who are just clearly delighted to be able to move forward with a remodel project. Such was the case with these two. From the get-go, these two had a clear and confident direction and they smiled all the way through the process. With the help of Lydia Corser at Greenspace in Santa Cruz, these two pulled off a beautifully successful remodel.

This sink is made of recycled copper by Native Trails, a California company founded an led by a woman. The faucet is made in California by Waterstone and it is available in a myriad of finishes. It does have a long lead time of 3-7 weeks depending on how busy the factory is, so plan early. The glass 2×6 subway tiles are made by FireClay Tile and made from recycled glass. The glass knobs are made by Lewis Dolin Hardware in NY.

Recycled Copper Sink and Made in USA Faucet

Recycled Copper Sink and Made in USA Faucet

We love the chandelier and the glass pulls and knobs even though we didn't sell them

We love the chandelier and the glass pulls and knobs even though we didn’t sell them

Do you know why Native Trails sinks are better and easier to care for than so many other brands? It’s because they heat their recycled copper to 2500 degrees while most other companies do not take that time and heat it to only 1500 degrees. By heating it that additional 1000 degrees, more of the impurities float to the top. It is the impurities that give copper that greenish stigma. In addition, less expensive sinks are often not hand hammered but instead they are made of a sheet of impure copper that is rolled over with a hammered patterned stamp. When created out of a sheet, the copper will usually be polished with a gloss which will often deteriorate leaving shiny and matte areas, some greenish and others not. In contrast, Native Trails sinks are hand hammered. Each strike of the hammer creates a shiny indentation making it look polished when in fact it is not. This makes it way easier to care for.

Click How Native Trails Sinks are Made for a quick YouTube Video. Note how the metals used are recycled and how the sink is dull before the hammer strike.

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Powder Room Caché Pedestal Vanity Sale

Small Vanity Sale

Small Vanity Sale

Cool, right? I really loved this vanity the first time I saw it. It’s so unique. I love the shiny chrome legs. It reminds me of a safari — a very CHIC safari. Or maybe it reminds you of when you stayed in a very tony hotel (does anyone use the word “tony” like that anymore???) Is it really a vanity? I’m not sure. It doesn’t really have any storage but it DOES have a towel holder on the front. Perhaps it’s more of a pedestal? Either way, it’s so unique and it’s a confident style statement. It feels very classic with it’s crossed legs yet modern because of its originality.

Perfect for a small bath, this piece is proudly MADE IN USA and is of solid wood. The porcelain in made in Italy. All three pieces are by LaCava. When you inquire about this piece, we can suggest a cool lighted mirror and perhaps a wall-hung toilet to complete your petite space.

Close up of towel bar

Close up of towel bar

The wood grain

The wood grain

Shiny Chrome Legs

Shiny Chrome Legs

Spacious Bowl, Faucet not included (but we can help you with that)

Spacious Bowl, Faucet not included (but we can help you with that)

Can you read that? 18 3/8" Wide x 34 1/2" tall by 17" deep

Can you read that? 18 3/8″ Wide x 34 1/2″ tall by 17″ deep

The sink top is a little wider than the wood part so the overall measurements are

W: 19 3/4″
D: 17 3/4″
H: 7 1/2″

But the towel bar protrudes another 3 1/4″ beyond the 17 3/4″ depth of the sink top.

Originally priced at $1745, we will sell this guy at 50% off or $873. And NO SHIPPING!!

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Wanna save water…? Consider a Steam Shower

So I know I’ve been waxing poetic lately about water savings. My latest rant is about steam showers. Did you know that a steam shower uses about 1 gallon of water for every 20 minutes of steam shower? So, that means you could take a 30 minute steam shower and use less than 2 gallons of water. That is way, way less than a bathtub which will use between 50 and 90 gallons for that same type of relaxation. It is worth considering investing in a steam unit. We love the Thermasol Pro steam unit. It has a lifetime warranty. In addition, this warranty will cover labor for the first three years. That’s amazing!! It truly is a plug-and-play type of steam unit. The water supply just gets screwed on and it can be plugged in. There is nothing more simple. This will save you on labor costs. And… THERE ARE HEALTH BENEFITS!!

Read about the science of steam
. Click for youtube video

 

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