If you asked me a year ago if I would ever be blogging about toilets, well I most likely would have laughed at you.
I have seen these before, but they are most often conversion kits and a never looked quite as nice. The Caroma Profile Smart is a Small profile toilet that has an integrated sink that uses the water before it goes into the toilet. I have told folks about these before and often get this disgusted look, if you have never had to fix one you might not know how they work. First the water fills a reservoir tank, that tank empties down into the bow through small holes at the top, the water collects in the bowl and well you know the rest. The water that goes into the reservoir is 100% clean water, same stuff you drink from the tap.
If you are in another country this may not be the case as they sometimes use grey water, which I hope catches on here, but here in the US of A we use the regular water to fill the bowl. What is more many folks put what are essentially chlorine tablets in the reservoir which creates a barrier if you will. In fact if you read any disaster preparedness guide they talk about if push comes to shove, you can drink from the reservoir (best to boil).
So what’s so great about this toilet first it actually looks somewhat attractive, the second is that it is a very narrow profile, perfect for tiny houses.
- High efficiency dual flush toilet – 1.28/0.8 gallons (4.8/3 liters) per flush
- Integrated sink for enhanced water savings
- After flushing, fresh cold water is directed through the faucet for hand washing and drains into the tank to be used for the next flush
- Unique water and space saving design
- Chrome buttons built-in to tapware design
- Easy installation
- Large trapway virtually eliminates blockages
- 12″ rough-in
I have been preaching the need for us to live allot more locally, for a variety of reasons. As we do the old infrastructure of our 1600 mile salad will no longer have its usefulness. I wrote about how retrofitting a grocery store was one example of this, well here is another. Dornob talked about this great concept
There are nearly 500,000 freestanding billboards in the United States alone. What if any number of these could be converted en mass into functional, modular prefab homes that could be shipped and installed in rural and urban areas around the country – eco-friendly, cheap new housing from recycled old billboards.
Prefabrication and portability are nothing new in architecture and transportation, but world-changing modular and mass-producible visions Ã‚ like this concept by Nocturnal Design Labs are few and far between. Unlike most conventional prefabs, these spaces are planned with interior layouts, sun paths and wind patterns in mind, giving the result a distictive and dynamic shape.
rom the curved modern shell and functional interior spaces to the high-up locations with varied views, there is more to this than simply a clever idea from a forward-thinking designer – these are best understood as prefab building prototypes, the potential start of an entire movement in adaptive reuse already being explored by various architects and designs.
I like allot of the styling of this house, but I am not a fan of the weird angles and I am usually a fan of the weird modern stuff. However, I do light the really pallet and the accent lighting is a really great touch in this 500 square foot apartment. Whats really interesting is how they have some several areas of exposed ceiling, which looks like an old mill. I could sit here and try to rationalize the sharp angles, so here is what the site said:
Design of this 49 sqm apartment in Barcelona gets its inspiration from Japanese origami art. One wall which separate all functions of the apartment made with this style in mind and that is enough. When the designer create the wall the apartment already had a shell of simple concrete walls. Some parts of ceiling are still uncovered so futuristic design also has rustic elements.
The presence of the separation wall can be felt from the entrance to the apartment. Although all benefits could be seen just from the inside of the apartment. It adds feeling of movement and hidden spaces because of its diagonal form. The furniture in the apartment correspond to futuristic design. It is simple with straight lines. The same could be said about colors in use. Black and white is always part of futuristic interiors. In the end, the apartment design with all its experiments made small space look much more bigger than it is.
I found this really interesting apartment white is unique in many ways, but stands out for one reason. The Bedroom hangs… It’s kind of odd, but I really like it. The owners wanted to maintain the great height while having a separate bedroom. Here is what DeZona Said about the apartment:
This former artist studio characterized by a difference in height which shares the volume from a simple to a fake double height (3.70 m under ceiling in the main room) had been originally marqued by a awkward mezzanine under which one couldn’t be up and had, to get on it, to pass through a small doorway managed into a separating wall existing between the 2 volumes.
First step the plan is freed from all occurrences. The matter is to work on a 50-sqm apartment in which the variety of orientations, volumes make possible unusual, uncommon living situations.
The restraint of the demand of the client to fit out an independent bedroom has been turned into an advantage by putting this intermediary room in a central position, straddling the two floor levels, disconnected from the floor. The bedroom becomes an islet in the heart of the apartment around which you can turn, experimenting different moods: up / down, below / above, on / under and revealing unseemly uses.
The bedroom, connoted as the archetype of privacy, intimacy, becomes an object of curiosity by transgressing his symbolic value, appearing like an anomaly. Open and visible from the entry, it stands for huge inhabited furniture. Facing the dining room, it can be used as a “bumrest” or a bench.
The bedroom as a hut in the middle of the flat
Suspended right in the center of the apartment, leaving untouched the floor and the circulations around, it divides the space, reversing the perception of the atmosphere in the apartment by making private what is usually not: the living room.
Wherever you stand below or above, it truncates the perception of the occupier’s bodies of which one only sees the legs sitting, crossing or walking around in the place.
The suspended bos is made of a metallic structure (section 40 x 40 mm) covered with wooden panels. The cube – as well as the floor, the walls and the ceiling, has been painted with a white polyurethane resin.
Today the MiniHome was put up for sale, it is a prototype that I really liked. The house is made form completely sustainable materials and is already setup to live 100% off the grid. Its a interesting styling, almost akin to a box car and for some reason it brings images of a 50’s Dinner to mind. I really like the inside, it is big, bright and well laid out. The unit is a prefab unit which has many perks to it, but it being sold for $100k which seems a bit steep.
The inside is laid out beautifully. I really like the use of the stair case as a bookshelf. The combination of light woods, white walls and windows galore makes for a really nice package. The house is around 350 square feet and I know for a period of time the designer and his daughter lived in this unit very comfortably.
One aspect I really like is that this house uses a combination of clear, gray and black water. For some of you out there who don’t know, gray water is partially treated water, black is untreated water. When I lived in Australia every house had a solar water heater and two water lines, clear and gray. The clear water line was hooked up for any source that you consume, while gray went to laundry, toilets and the garden hose. This is a really brilliant concept that works very well in Australia, but has yet to make its way over here. Combined this with a dual flush toilet (small flush for “number one” and a larger flush for “number two”) and the impact is so much smaller.
Loyd Alter sums up the house when he says this:
Designed for a 50-year life expectancy, the miniHome offers the possibility for year-round, affordable living on almost any site. It is equally at home in a remote, wilderness setting – completely off-grid – or in an urban trailer park. Its remarkably sustainable combination of energy efficient systems and beautiful finishes usually associated with luxury condominiums results in a home that sings the virtues of simplicity and conservation