The Ugly Side of Water

It’s the most essential resource we have:  Water.  We all take it for granted.  We turn on the tap and expect clean water to flow out.  But is it really clean?  I recently watched a riveting film about the water infrastructure system here in the United States, and I was flabbergasted! Because the 2 million […]

Space Saving Toilets for Small Bathrooms

If limited space is your design dilemma for a proposed bathroom addition or renovation, this is the solution!  We’ve all seen wall-mounted sinks, but what about wall-mounted toilets where the tank is concealed behind the wall?!  This frees up at least 8-10″ in a tight space, allowing for a more functional bathroom. Plus, those carrying […]

Eco-Chic Cabinetry

Whether you’re renovating your kitchen or bath, or looking to add built-ins to a reading nook or media room, you can make environmentally-friendly choices when it comes to cabinetry.  Not only are these choices better for the planet, but they’re also better for your health. Eco-friendly options for cabinetry include: FSC certified wood:  The Forest […]

Wood Countertops Add Warmth and Natural Beauty to any Kitchen

Butcher block and wood countertops have evolved to include a variety of looks and materials, yet still offer a timeless look in either traditional or contemporary styled kitchens, as well as in bathrooms.  To keep it eco-friendly, choose from reclaimed woods, FSC-certified woods, Kirei board (made from sorghum straw waste) or bamboo. Benefits of wood […]

Today’s Low Flow Toilets Add Style and Water-Efficiency to the Bathroom

Looking for low-flow, but high performance from your toilet?  The stylish high-efficiency toilets on the market now are sure to make your bathroom remodel, or selection of fixtures for a new home, more sustainable. It’s important to conserve water considering we flush about 30% of a household’s potable water down the toilet!  Replacing an old […]

Eco-friendly Tile Options

Whether you’re renovating an old house or upgrading in new construction, there are many options for new green flooring and wall tile.  A wide variety of shapes, sizes and styles, from traditional to contemporary, are available. Tile not only adds value to your home, but it is long-lasting, easy-to-clean and attractive.  Plus, tile can be […]

Locally Quarried Stone Countertops

Natural stone countertops certainly add a luxurious feel to any kitchen or bathroom.  In addition to their beauty, they are also very durable and long-lasting.  Natural stone, when sealed with low VOC finishes, add to good indoor air quality and low maintenance needs. Most stone is imported, adding to the environmental impact, but I’ve found […]

Eco-Chic Bathroom Upgrades, Part II

If you have an outdated or water-wasting bathroom, this series of posts is for you.  In Part One, I focused on the bigger ticket items, such as cabinetry and flooring.  In this post, I’ll talk about the finishing touches and some must-haves for any eco-friendly renovation.  The following suggestions work well whether you’re creating a […]

Eco-Chic Bathroom Upgrades

Planning a bathroom remodel to transform your tired, old space into a sustainable serene spa?  Today’s marketplace has just about everything you need to create an eco-friendly, luxurious lavatory, from design details to construction components.  In this post, I’ll concentrate on the latter, with a future post focusing on the finishing touches. Please donate usable […]

Green Kitchen and Bath Makeovers, Part V

This part of my series on eco-friendly makeovers, I’ll focus on another substantial element in any kitchen or bathroom:  cabinetry.  Whether you’re looking for something sleek and streamlined, or cabinets with a traditional flair, the green options available today will modernize and beautify these much-used rooms.

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