It’s been a long time since I’ve done a remodeling update here on the blog. Things took a lot longer than expected, life got a bit crazy…you know how it goes! Last time I wrote, I had picked out the eco-friendly materials for the bathroom but the actual work hadn’t yet started. Now the project is complete (well, 90% complete anyway) so I can finally share…
The shower is tiled with natural, travertine stone and a border of recycled glass tiles called Blazestone from a small biz in Seattle.
We ordered a sustainably produced vanity from our local green home store, Natural Built Home. It is made with FSC-certified alder wood with a low-VOC finish and has no added formaldehyde. The backsplash is the same recycled glass tile we used in the shower. The countertop is Paperstone, made with 100% post-consumer recycled paper, eco-friendly resins and natural pigments. I had a hard time deciding between a number of different Kohler bathroom sinks but eventually decided on this large, rectangular one. Of course, I was happy to support the Wisconsin-based Kohler company!
The built-in cabinet you see in the photo above matches the vanity and we splurged on some handmade glass cabinet pulls from the Etsy shop Uneek Glass Fushions. Aren’t they pretty?
The toilet is a low-flow model from Toto. This is our first dual flush toilet and I love that it has the large and small buttons on top – even the kids understand what that means!
We also installed energy efficient windows and put spray foam insulation in the walls and 3rd floor ceiling, keeping the room nice and snuggy. The bathroom floor is tiled with travertine stone with radiant floor heating underneath. The heated floor is a bit of a luxury but it’s on a timer so we won’t be heating the floor all day long!
Have you made any eco-friendly changes to your bathroom?
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