2. Indoor Plumbing
You probably take it for granted, but the miles of galvanized steel, copper tubing and PVC that snake throughout our homes dramatically changed the way kitchens and washrooms were designed and led to amenities such as the washing machine. But, naturally, the biggest advantage was the advent of the plumbed-in chamber pot, or toilet. Convenience aside, the resulting controls on sewage not only improved health and cleanliness but also actually changed our design approach from the functional "water closet" to the elaborate, expansive master bathrooms found in many homes today.
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