California Drought-Friendly Design: A 2017 Perspective

Designing and remodeling a new home remodel provides the ideal opportunity to incorporate drought-friendly design principles. Recent innovations in water saving appliances and efficient home design make drought-friendly design more effective and appealing than ever before. Now is the ideal opportunity to remodel your home according to drought-friendly design for greater water savings and resource efficiency. Here we look at some of the trends and innovations in water saving technology that are shaping drought-friendly remodels in 2017.

Water Reuse

Water reuse and recycling are becoming more significant in home remodel design. Currently, water reuse and recycling are most frequently used for minimally used water or greywater, although innovations for black water recycling are rapidly advancing.

Minimally Used Water

Minimally used water such as for rinsing laundry or dishes can be reused for washing or flushing toilets. Designing your kitchen, laundry, and plumbing systems to provide the capability of reusing water can provide huge water savings. Designing and building double sinks in the kitchen and laundry can help to create a reservoir where minimally used water can be retained and reused.

Greywater

Your design build contractor can help you develop and install a greywater management system. While it’s not suitable for use around the household, greywater, which comes from the bathtub, shower, sinks, laundry, and dishwashers, can be used for irrigation or for toilet flushing. Simple modifications and design choices for your plumbing can integrate greywater use in your home design.

Bathroom

The bathroom has one of the largest water consumptions in the household, so drought-friendly design here is essential.

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Fittings

Bathroom fittings such as low-flow toilets, showerheads, and faucets can produce some of the most significant water savings. While low-flow toilets of the past got a bad rap for performing poorly, the 2017 innovations in water saving fittings and appliances are astonishing. Water saving toilets are specially engineered to provide adequate flush force with reduced flush volume. Water saving shower heads and faucets are more effective at mixing air and water to reduce gallon per minute flow rate. These fittings now function with outstanding efficiency and receive a customer satisfaction rating of over 80%. With a variety of different options and varieties, water saving toilets, faucets, and showerheads are now becoming more mainstream. These fittings should be a part of every new remodel design in 2017 to provide greater water efficiency and comfort.

Bathroom Technology

New bathroom technologies allow for increased water savings and greater efficiency as well. Sensor faucets ensure that water is only running when you really need it. Smart toilets can be worth the investment as they evaluate exactly how much water to use for each flush. These innovations not only make your home more modern and comfortable, they increase water efficiency as well. Filling a tub or running a shower can use water unnecessarily as you wait for the hot water to arrive. On-demand recirculating pumps save water by bringing the hot water to the location when you need it or at a specific time of day.

Kitchen

The kitchen is another significant area of water consumption where water saving fittings and appliances can make a significant difference.

Water Saving Appliances

Water-saving faucets and aerators in the kitchen can also help save water. For new kitchen remodels, it can be helpful to install an eco-friendly, water efficient dishwasher. Most modern dishwashers are highly efficient and save water over hand washing. Water can also be wasted when running the faucet waiting for water to heat up. Installing an instant hot water tap or on-demand recirculating pump can minimize water waste and give you the hot water you need on demand. Design your kitchen with these fittings and appliances in mind for greater water savings.

Laundry

A drought-friendly design can also help you save water when doing laundry.

Water Efficient Appliances

When remodeling your laundry room, you can choose a washing machine that uses the exact amount of water needed based on how large your load of laundry is. Many modern washing machines have sensors that can intelligently assess the amount of water required, therefore avoiding all waste of excess water.

Water Recycling Design

You can also work with your remodel designer to create a plumbing design that helps to reuse and recycle the water. Greywater can be collected and diverted for toilet flushing or to irrigation systems for use in the garden.

Finding the right solution for a drought-friendly remodel design often involves many different elements but can be easy to manage with the right design build contractor on your side. Here at Gordon Reese Construction, Inc., we can’t wait to help you achieve your dream space.

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