San Francisco Floating House
Published around the world: Master Bathroom with low window inside shower stall for natural light. Shower is a true-divided lite design with tempered glass for safety. Shower floor is of small cararra marble tile. Interior by Robert Nebolon and Sarah Bertram.
Matthew Millman: photographer
Link to New York Times May 2013 article about the house: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/16/greathomesanddestinations/the-houseboat-of-their-dreams.html?_r=0
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13. Firm: Robert Nebolon ArchitectsSlate-coloured wall and floor tiles in the wet area are combined with wooden flooring in the dry area of the bathroom. The yellow bathroom cabinet becomes the most prominent feature.
Cons:One concern about using MDF is that it easily absorbs water and warps. This particular characteristic makes MDF unsuitable for the outdoors and other moisture-laden areas such as kitchens or bathrooms. Another drawback of MDF is that since the material is made of fine particles packed together in a binder, it does not hold screws very well. As a result the screws come off the screw holes and it becomes difficult to repair.During the manufacturing of MDF boards, a lot of chemicals are used as binders – the final product emits high levels of VOCs such as formaldehyde, which are a health hazard. As a precaution it is essential that the carpenters wear masks while working with MDF so as to prevent inhalation of the fine wood-dust particles.MDF board is a relatively soft material that tends to sag or split under heavy weight.Tip: For long-term durability, use thick primer or paint on the MDF to seal the boards and prevent water absorption to some extent.
2. Aluminium and glass shower enclosureNeed a little something more to spruce up your shower? Don’t be afraid to be unique and try a shower surround that has flair. Created with glass panels set into an aluminium frame, this shower enclosure mimics the look of the tile in the back of the shower. The dark metal mixed with the clear glass gives the enclosure an eclectic feel.
For many, including Debra Johnson, a home-cleaning expert for the housekeeping company Merry Maids, microfibre cloths are the weapon of choice against water spotting and buildup and are prized for their ability to get into hard-to-reach places, such as beneath door handles or in tight corners.After each use, the experts advise, wring the cloths out tightly, and laundering them at least once a week.