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Bathroom sinks

My preference...  Countertop, Self-rimming drop-in, rectangular, 3 holes - 2x2" apart, overflow, white, large size, integral backsplash, less countertop area needed.

Bathroom Sink Cultured Marble 49in GlacierBay   Details are here .

The sink shown above is just fixed onto the countertop using clear silicone adhesive.  Some other sinks need some creativity to fix them, eg a metal plate...

Sink metal plate



Bath tub

In my opinion, baths should always be 6 foot long (rather than the regular 5 foot).  You need to allow for 6 foot baths in your house room plan drawings.

6 foot bath

Bath American Standard 6ft 

Bath Kohler 6ft Details are here .

Small Bath Tub

There are some cases where there is not enough room and you can get small baths, even less than 4 feet long.

Lyons bath small    Purchasing info is here .

Bath drain

Bath drain ABSPurchasing details are here .

Bath spout

For a bath, you need a spout.  This is fed from the flow volume on/off valve (with its chrome knob).

Bath tub spout Serin    Details are here .


Motion Sensor Bathroom Sink Faucet

For applications such as hand washing sinks, it is useful to have an automatic on/off mechanism in addition to having the flow rate control.  This can be done using a motion sensor faucet.  Typically they use an infrared sensor.  When using an automatic sensor tap you need to feed it with temperature controlled water.  You leave the flow rate setting and temperature setting in their required positions and just put your hands under the tap.

Motion sensor faucet 

Motion sensor faucet    Details are here .

Taps Bathroom Sink

If you don't want an automatic sensor for turning on the water then you can use regular taps.  I prefer the type with levers rather than round knobs.

GlacierBay Bathroom Taps Purchasing info is here .

Bathroom sink drain pipe

Chrome sink drain Purchasing detail is here .

This provides for a 1-1/4" slip joint which connects to a transparent trap (as described above).


LED Temperature Indicator on faucet

It is good to fit LED temperature sensing water powered aeroators to all sinks so you know if the water temperature is too hot.  It is also a nice talking point feature.

LED temperature faucets    Purchasing details are here .


Floor mount toilets are the easiest for places other than the basement.  In the basement it is best to use a wall mounted toilet as that avoids extra holes in the concrete basement floor.  Whether wall mount or floor mount, I prefer to use commercial "flushomatic" flushing rather than a toilet with a tank.

For basement use, I like the Toto CT708 wall hung toilet.

Toto wall mounted toilet CT708  Purchasing details are here .

For non-basement use, I like the Toto CT705ELN (ideally the CT705ELNG because that has stain resistant high gloss glaze).

Toto floor mount toilet CT705ELNG    Purchasing details are here .

Wall mounted toilet details

Wall mount toilet rear elevation 

Flushometer flushing mechanism

This is used by both the wall mount and floor mount Toto toilets.  Even though this type of flushing mechanism is a little more expensive it does avoid an ugly unreliable china tank as part of the toilet.

Toto Flushometer packaged   Details are here .

A critical thing when using a flushometer is to have enough water flow rate available.  This translates into needing big diameter pipes.  You can just about get away with using 3/4" PEX but really it is better to use one-and-a-quarter inch PVC pipe that is dedicated to each toilet.