Whew! It has been a hot summer so far this year. As we travel to job sites to oversee work, we can’t help but think about having water available at all times. Of course we are talking about a nice cold glass (or insulated to-go bottle) with some ice for us and our sub-contractors who are hard at work in the sun! Besides quenching our thirst with this precious resource, water and its usage are commonly discussed elements when we are designing homes for our clients.
We encourage all of our clients to consider water saving methods when designing their homes. Using water saving plumbing fixtures with low flow devices is one simple way to save on water consumption. Hot water circulation and strategic placement of hot water tanks reduce water waste. We do our best to eliminate the need to “run” your water to get that perfect temperature. We also like to introduce the practical aspects of water usage in our homes. Anyone that has cleaned a tile shower without a removable handheld shower head knows that it’s not only difficult to clean, but water is typically wasted while trying to rinse that one pesky corner that the stationary shower head doesn’t reach. Especially when you have a large walk-in shower as many of our clients do.
We have all seen a sprinkler watering a sidewalk before. Not good. (Consider this your reminder to inspect your sprinkler heads to make sure they functioning properly.) Smart landscape design with properly placed irrigation is another great way to save on water usage. There are so many beautiful native options to choose from that are appropriate for our climate zone in the Northwest. Plants that are native and hardy simply need less water to survive. Using these plants make it easy to design a landscape that is unique to water conservation and we get to feel great about it because it is better for our environment.
Another trend in landscape is raised garden beds instead of a patch of lawn. Water that was once keeping a lawn green could be used to grow your own beautiful fruits and vegetables. Definitely something to consider! Be sure to use a soaker hose for your beds though as this is the most efficient method for watering those areas.
For more information about water conservation and home building please follow us on Facebook, listen to our radio program Saturday morning at 9:00am on Sunny KKOV 1550 and at 1pm on KPAM 860AM and read “Ask The Builder” in Vancouver’s Columbian newspaper on Sunday in the Real Estate section or in our archive.
Until next week!