by Dan Fritschen
Update: With space being at a premium in today’s newer houses, and the fact that many homeowners are choosing to build bathroom additions that are much smaller than master bathrooms, the quest for space-saving plumbing fixtures and storage ideas has become very important. That’s why finding a toilet that works best while taking up as little space as possible has become an increasing concern in the last few years.
It wasn’t that long ago that there were really only two choices about the toilet installed when a bathroom was remodeled. Those choices were about color and the shape of the bowl (round or oval). Things are very different today. The toilet has as much decorative importance as the tub or the vanity. Here are some things to consider as you explore the overwhelming number of choices before you.
5. Flushing mechanism. Toilets flush in one of two ways. A gravity flush model, which is most commonly seen in residential bathrooms, uses the water stored in the tank and gravity to force the water into the bowl and out. A pressure-assisted flush model (which is becoming increasingly popular in homes) uses pressure in the supply pipe to compress air, which exerts great force on a small amount of water to clear the bowl. The pressure flush toilet will be more difficult to install and to repair, it will cost more, and it will be noisier. If you use a pressure flush toilet, you might want to invest in soundboard on the interior walls.