GUTTING OUR NEW HOUSE AND HANGING ON TO OUR BUDGET FOR DEAR LIFE

Flush With Anticipation

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Toilet, potty, loo, w.c., throne…whatever you call it, we need two of them. And LC says it’s time to decide what they’re gonna be. Now, those following this blog may remember we’ve said since the beginning we were getting Toto. Decision made, right? Nope. Turns out Toto makes almost 150 different toilets. Who knew there was so much to know about toilets?

  • There are 1-piece and 2-piece toilets. The 2-piece is the traditional style and LC says that’s what we’re getting which narrows down our choices a bit.

  • Toilet bowls can be round or elongated. Elongated are said to be more comfortable, but they’re about 2” longer than round which can be a problem in tight spaces. Both our bathrooms are tight spaces. LC thinks we may be able to get an elongated one in the upstairs bathroom but the downstairs may have to have either a round or semi-elongated one.

  • The standard toilet height is 15 inches. Toilets that are in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) will be anywhere from 17 to 19 inches high. 17 inches is our preference. Anything higher than that and my dangling feet might fall asleep while I’m using it.

  • When a toilet is labeled CalGreen, it’s referring to the California State Building Code which mandates a 20% reduction in water usage for toilets. Even though we aren’t in California that sounds like a good label to me.

  • When a toilet has a WaterSense label, it means it uses 1.28 gallons or less per flush. Another good thing.

  • When a house has no toilet at all, just the discussion of a toilet makes the owner smile.
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