Posted in Electrical outlets, New Products, Unusual design

Concept Outlet Design Saves Power Without Unplugging

Have you heard that the simple act of unplugging electronics and electric equipment not in use can save big on your energy bill? Equipment not in use but still plugged in draws energy in stand-by mode. Freelance designer Yong-jin Kim has come up with an innovative solution. Instead of the hassle of unplugging equipment.  with the simple twist left, the electrical supply is cut off at the receptacle.

Via Design Milk

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Posted in Bath tubs, New Products, NKBA Bathroom Planning Guidelines, Safety Features, Universal Design, Unusual design

Oyster Tub By Salvinistile


Specs.
Size: 70.85″ x 42.15″ x 26.60″
Material: Marble
Design By: Architect Carla Baratelli for Salvinistile
Country: Italy

This is more than just design in marble. As shown from their web site, click the photos to link back to more photos from House 8, this is European designed “concept living”. Shapes influenced by nature is a trend we are seeing more of in sinks and tubs.

Great design if you are Michael Phelps, limber enough to move in and out of water like a fish. For those of us who are aging less than gracefully, planning a design with safety factors in mind is critical.

The National Kitchen & Bath Association developed the Bathroom Planning Guidelines with Access Standards to provide designers with good planning practices that consider the needs of a range of users.

Grab Bars: Plan grab bars to facilitate access to and maneuvering within the tub and shower areas.

Tub and shower walls should be prepared (reinforced) at time of construction to allow for installation of grab bars to support a static load of 250 lbs.

Grab bars should be placed at least 33” – 36” above the floor.

Grab bars must be 11⁄4” to 2” in diameter and extend 11⁄2” from the wall.

Access Standard

Recommended: Walls throughout the bathroom should be prepared (reinforced) at time of construction to allow for installation of grab bars to support a minimum of 250 lbs. of pressure.

Grab bars should be placed according to the needs and height of the user, particularly near the tub/shower and the toilet.

Code Reference:

  • Grab bars should be installed at the tub, shower, and toilet according to the following:
  • Bathtubs with permanent seats: Two horizontal grab bars (a1) should be provided on the back wall, one between 33” and 36” above the floor and the other 9” above the rim of the bathtub (a2). Each grab bar should be no more than 15” from the head end wall or 12” from the foot end wall. A grab bar 24” long should be provided on the foot end wall at the front edge of the bathtub. (ANSI 607.4.1)
  • Bathtubs without permanent seats: Two horizontal grab bars should be provided on the back wall, one between 33” and 36” above the floor and the other 9” above the rim of the bathtub (a3). Each grab bar should be at least 24” long and no more than 24” from the head end wall or 12” from the foot end wall. A grab bar 24” long should be provided on the foot end wall at the front edge of the bathtub. A grab bar 12” long should be provided on the head end wall at the front edge of the bathtub (a4). (ANSI 607.4.2)

For More information:
Salvini Stile
NKBA.org
Michael Phelps Photo Credit Link

Posted in Unusual design, Who Knew

Modern Toilet, I beg your pardon!

(A conversation at the project meeting before the grand opening.)
Project Manager to Designer: “Uh, our order for the dining room chairs
won’t arrive till after the opening. Any ideas?

Well, what actually happened is the restaurant owner is a bit of an eccentric character and thought a toilet themed restaurant would win the crowds over.

Ok, this is just wrooooong! I mean really wrong.
I would never….
eat at this Taiwan restaurant called Modern Toilet. Apparently it is popular. Ugg.

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Go crawl under a rock! Ok…

Have you ever wanted to tell someone to go crawl under a rock?
Well, this family took the idea to heart and did just that. And you thought your remodel was taking a long time? It took five years to build before they all climbed under. During the building process, the family lived in a tent. See the LA Times article, Cave Sleepers, for a full pictorial.

Photo courtesy of the LA Times. Photography by Ann Suma.

No wall cabinets in this kitchen.
I don’t see a range or cook top in this photo. I wonder how they handle ventilation.
One annoyance they say bout the house is the occasional falling sand off the walls. That would be unusual seasoning for your food, don’t ‘cha think? Looks like the rear wall and kitchen ceiling is drywall. Maybe that is where the cooking surface is located.