New plumbing, a tankless water heater and an in-wall tank toilet system are smart upgrades guaranteed to save space and energy
Following the removal of the old piping in the basement, new plumbing and pipes were placed in the ground. After the inspection process, the new piping will be covered over with concrete and sealed.
A tankless water heater was installed in the corner of basement. While the initial investment for this equipment is significantly higher than with a 50 gallon tank heater, for example, the energy efficiency of a tankless water heater cannot be undersold. A typical tank heater will maintain hot water in a tank all day long, regardless of whether or not it is being used. This wastes energy. In addition, a tankless water heater is significantly smaller than a large tank, and current models can literally be hung on the wall, freeing up floor space and reducing eyesore. The type of heater Spillane chose will also provide heat to the house, removing the need for a furnace, which further saves valuable energy and space.
Another addition to the basement will be an in-wall tank toilet system adjacent to the laundry room. This style of toilet sits within the wall making it more pleasing aesthetically while also reducing the space that the toilet takes up in the bathroom. Spillane plans on using this type of toilet for both bathrooms in the house, and although the initial investment is higher than a regular toilet, the value added to the house is worth the cost.