April 2008’s Highlighted Works

Create an Oasis With Greywater

By Art Ludwig
Oasis Design, Santa Barbara, CA

Create an Oasis with Greywater, written by Art Ludwig and published by Oasis Design, is an extensive how-to book for kitchen and bath designers, remodelers, builders and anyone interested in the greywater movement. Following the Builder’s Greywater Guide, also by Art Ludwig, this guide gives design principles and specifics on how to build and use 20 types of residential greywater systems in any setting.

Sectioned into an intro, 12 chapters, eight appendices, a resource page and an index, this book explains in detail how integral greywater is. The book begins with an explanation of why using greywater is important: Not only does it reduce the use of fresh water for irrigation and the use of energy and chemicals in producing water, but it also increases the awareness of sensitivity to the natural cycles of water.

According to Create an Oasis, greywater sources can be found in the home from the bathtub, shower, bath sink and kitchen sink. Each of these sources has a different quality level that determines how the greywater can and will be used.

Each chapter explains the progression of the project. The first four chapters delve into how to get the greywater out of the house so it can be used. This section also deals specifically with helping to choose and find the right parts and tools to undertake a greywater project.

The book also looks at which greywater systems are right for which context, explains the branched drain design in depth and shows real life examples of how greywater systems have been used residentially.

In the appendices, not only is there a site assessment for the project and a section with how-to measurements, but there is also a section on how greywater is adapted to cold climates.

Since water conservation is a global concern, the book also shows how the greywater concept is being used in other countries.

Finally, the book explains different pump, filter and disinfection systems, and offers an explanation of the regulations in Arizona regarding greywater.

Filled with intricate tables, photos, figure drawings and designs, Create an Oasis even includes health warnings to make the system as safe as possible, along with information detailing potential problems and how to avoid or solve them.

Spain: Guide to Design And Interiors of Spain

By The Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX), Madrid, Spain

Spain: Guide to Design and Interiors of Spain, published by the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade, is a book designed to provide inspiration for American architects and designers who are intrigued by design elements and products from Spain.

Published in seven languages and spotlighting some 82 Spanish companies, this book showcases myriad products from Spain and plenty of contemporary flair – yet it is far more than just a catalogue of kitchen and bath products. Rather, it includes some of the best design inspiration that Spain has to offer, including design ideas, kitchen and bath installations, product information and more.

The book is separated into eight sections, each section divided into subsections that focus on product offerings in a variety of product categories. The book also features work from seven different bath designers and eight kitchen designers spotlighting home interiors reflecting the unique beauty of Spain.

The rooms featured range from small to large, to illustrate the widest diversity of design solutions for every possible space.
In the section devoted to baths, all aspects of bath design are covered from fixtures and furniture to accessories.

Toilets, bidets and toilet seats are also shown in a variety of materials and models, including toilets that discharge horizontally or vertically, and those that come with a built-in or external tank.

Likewise, the kitchens featured showcase a wealth of materials, often mixed and matched for maximum design appeal, including aluminum, tempered glass, stainless steel, solid core panels with Bakelite coating, ceramic and more. Interesting design elements include mirror melt glass and oak de-structured cubes suspended from wall-mounted panels.

This close-up view of Spanish offerings also includes a company directory, for those interested in exploring new product options with a bit of Spanish flair.

Going far beyond a Southwestern style, this book should create an impression on U.S. designers from a Spanish perspective.

Green Building A to Z: Understanding the Language Of Green Building

By Jerry Yudelson
New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, Canada

Green Building A to Z, written by Jerry Yudelson and published by New Society Publishers, is a book written for those interested in green building and design – where it is today, and where it’s going in the future.

However, unlike many resources related to eco-friendly building and design, this guide provides an easy entry point for kitchen and bath designers and others looking to learn more about this area, without having prior “green” technical or business training.

Yudelson starts off by answering some key questions regarding green building, such as what is a green building? How do green products get built? And why are these developments important for the environment and economic challenges we face in the 21st century?

Kevin Hydes v.p. of Santec Consulting Ltd., gives a foreword outlining specifics in the green movement and where the movement is going. Then the book delves into a variety of topics, including how green building relates to environmental site planning, energy-efficient building design, water conservation (key for today’s bath professionals), carbon dioxide emission reduction, healthy buildings and the use of recycled and locally sourced materials.

Separated into three parts, the book provides a solid reference guide that incorporates published data from several key sources, including the U.S. Green Building Council.

Part I outlines green buildings, with chapters on green building in a global context, the history of green building, becoming a green building advocate and what a green building is, exactly. Part II gets even more specific with a “green encyclopedia,” or dictionary of terms relating to the green movement.

Part III lists other helpful green resources such as books, Web sites and publications used in creating the material. Including examples of previous civilizations and how they incorporated green building into their society, this book not only shows what can be done in today’s world, but also what can be learned from the past with regard to creating a greener lifestyle.

Complete with photos, diagrams, tables, lists, examples of green products and more, Green Building A to Z gives specific statistics and numbers relating to the green movement to help market green to clients more knowledgeably.

Kitchens and Baths for Today and Tomorrow

By Jerri Farris
Creative Publishing International, Minneapolis, MN

Kitchens and Baths for Today and Tomorrow, written by Jerri Farris and published by Creative Publishing International, is filled with a host of design and remodeling tips for creating spaces that will work for their owners today, tomorrow and well into the future.

The book is divided into two main sections, with each section broken out into various subsections that offer a variety of helpful tips. “Design Wise” includes helpful design hints, tricks and tips, while “Dollar Wise” offers money saving ideas. “Idea Wise” showcases various design projects spotlighting creative designs and product applications, while “Words to the Wise” provides a helpful glossary of kitchen and bath terms to help consumers better communicate their project needs and desires.
A section on dream kitchens looks at everything from food preparation and cleanup to storage and display.

The book examines different ideas for designing effective food prep, cooking and clean up zones, and looks at the extensive variety of appliances available in today’s marketplace.

In the storage section, a number of storage options are explored, including creative ideas for maximizing space from cabinets, shelving and countertops. Cabinet interiors that provide greater accessibility and promote aging in place are also explored, including pull-out, expanding and roll-out shelving.

The dream baths section explores fixtures and fittings, display areas, accessories and more, with valuable input from the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s guidelines on design.

Filled with dramatic before and after photos and diagrams, this book offers plenty of strong visual elements to inspire consumers and industry professionals alike.

The book finishes with a comprehensive resource guide to help consumers and designers find just the right products for their kitchen and bath projects.