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Backyard maintenance

While the sun is still shining, I’ve decided to work on improving my back yard today. As you will know from reading my blog, a lot of effort goes into improving the look and feel of the interior and exterior of the household. And that doesn’t exclude the back garden.

And oh my, what a task I have on my hands. It’s been quite some time and there is certainly an awful amount of work to get going with, especially the overgrown grass near the patio and back door.

Then we have the case of overgrown ivy climbing up the walls of the side of the house and partly obscuring the bathroom window view, which can be quite frustrating when taking a shower. We have far reaching views, so we want to make the most of that.

Then, there will be a tool clear out from the garage, we’ve got far too much junk that needs throwing away, so I will certainly be spending a few hours in there sorting all that out.

It’s going to be a long one, but as long as the weather stays like this, I’m sure that I am going to be happy.

Found a great new toilet for the bathroom

As you may already know, we have been continuously working on various rooms in the house, both in terms of furniture, and design. We’ve been wanting to spruce up the look of our dreary bathroom for several years, but it’s been one of those things that no matter what we do, we never found the time of funds to finish it.

So, it took some time, but after a few weeks of researching various designs and features that make or break a product, we believe that we’ve finally found a top toilet for our needs. It comes from the KOHLER Highline range and includes several things that work well for it in the spec list. The main one being the design being of a more contemporary nature, but also the fact that it operated on an ideal dual flush system which will help us use less water.

Then of course, there is the matter of money. When we compared toilets across the web online, we found that this particular model held its own quite well in terms of flush efficiency and performance, whilst still keeping to a reduced cost to that of its main competitors.

The delivery is scheduled to come on Friday, so hopefully all will be well and the real thing impresses us as much as the manufacturer describes it on various sources online. However, we didn’t go in blind, we have taken time to look at what people who have actually purchased it already thinks in the form of reviews and feedback. From what we’ve gathered, consumers on the major retailers tend to rate it quite highly which is fantastic. The main negatives we read about included people fitting it on the wrong size rough in, and basic mistakes like that. More of a user error really than a problem with the product.

So we have certainly got our fingers crossed that this loo will not only look great, but will work well in the modern household with four users. So far I’ve heard nothing but good things about KOHLER toilets, so that’s a great start.

One thing I’m not always as clued up on is how to fit and install a new toilet. But, there is a first time for everything right? I will be recruiting my brother in law to lend me a hand a talk me through some of the things that I may struggle with or are inexperienced with.

The design is going to look great with the rest of the bathrooms features such as the shower head, and my wife and I are looking forward to seeing the end results. Hopefully all this research and hard worth is going to pay off.

Comfortable massage chair

I don’t know about you, but I almost always come home at the end of the week thankful that I can rest up over the weekend. My body and muscles always ache from the daily grind, especially in the lower back and neck regions.

So, as of last week, I’ve decided to do something about it, and by that I mean get a massage chair for me to rest up on after work. Something that acts as both a piece of furniture in the lounge and something with therapeutic options at the same time.

I’ve been reading up on, and researching around and there seems to be a lot to take in when it comes to this. Keeping track of all the included features can prove difficult, but one things for sure, after looking up how much it would cost me to hire a masseuse, this is by far the cheaper option. Not to mention the convenience of having it at all times in your household, no need to commute.

leather-massage-chairOne website I stumbled across, which is called The Massage Throne, has massage chair reviews, buying guides and ratings designed to make the shopping and research process simpler and easily understandable. They have whittled down and filtered out the good models from the bad through looking at consumer feedback. This has saved me time, and I’m actually looking into getting a Human Touch, or Panasonic brand.

Whichever I go with, it will need to provide many massage rollers and airbags at various points. It should also be heated to help me cure muscle pain which is currently a huge problem for me. The ability for it to recline into a zero gravity position would be a bonus, but not a necessity.

So, with those things in mind, I think I now have a pretty good idea of what chair I need. They tend to be expensive, so I want to make sure I spend plenty of time looking into this before I decide anything.

What drove me to take an interest in massaging chairs all of a sudden? Well, my friend Susan has one in her room. And I actually had a sit down on one of them and spent about ten minutes on it. I only managed to use the rollers, but that alone was so relaxing. And from that moment on, I knew I had to get at least a basic model for myself. I hear it can help relieve a bit of stress too, which would certainly not go amiss in my case.

Shower head replacement

There is no worse feeling than being half way through your daily washing machine then having to switch from taking a shower to taking a bath thanks to a faulty shower head. Not quite sure what went wrong, but I suspect it’s a bit clogged up after continuous use over the last decade or so. Even after a bit of cleaning and maintenance I couldn’t get it working again, so I’ve decided to splash out on getting a new one.

And if i’m going shopping, I want to give myself the best chance of it not happening again, so I will be looking for something of a high standard that has great water coverage. I do like the look of those rainfall shower heads, they seem to cover the most area at least, i’m not too sure about functionality, but that’s something I have been looking into in my spare time.

One of the sites I came across in my research to finding a great shower head is Shower HQ. They offer reviews and ratings based on performance, price, and what customers are saying about individual products. It’s given me a push in the right direction, which is always appreciated.

The Thunderhead looks promising, as does one of the Delta models. Both seem to offer a great set of specs that will surely enhance the showering experience. But then again, there are a few others I haven’t looked at that’s putting me off making the final decision.

Whatever one I go with, the surface area of overall water coverage has to be high, so I will want something with a larger than average diameter, and potentially something with around 2.5 gallons per minute flow rate.

The other thing i’m finding difficult is finding a good finish for my current set up. Currently, my bathroom tiles are white with floral patterns along the top, and there is a lighter shade of blue above them keeping to a bright theme. I am confused as to whether to go for a shower head renowned for its durability, or something that fits the design brief.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much in the way for both from what I’ve seen in the current market. And whilst these products are reasonably inexpensive, I’d rather get it right first time to save me having to go through the trouble of replacing, and sending back the old ones.

Rant over, I’ll let you know, and hopefully provide pictures when I’ve chosen one. I may be some time. Any suggestions, send them to me 🙂