Bathrooms are not typically the first place that my interior design clients want to start their re-design projects. Typically, their living rooms or bedrooms garner the most enthusiasm and attention. However, with regard to designing an environmentally-friendly home, bathrooms are a very exciting place to begin! The options for adding “green” elements are quite diverse, yet beautiful.
In the guest bathroom shown below, the countertops are made of a recycled material called Vetrostone, which happens to be manufactured right here in my home state of South Carolina! It is a uniquely engineered stone quartz surface combined with ocean gems, such as sea glass and oysters. Vetrastone is engineered with a UV stabilizer to insure against color fading, and it is a material that can be used for a variety of purposes.
Here are a couple of photos of other fabulous ways to use Vetrastone.
Here are some of the many color combination options available in Vetrastone.
Pictured below is the master bathroom, which incorporates many eco-friendly elements into its design.
One of those components is the addition of a radiant floor heating system. This type of system provides heat directly from the elements located beneath the surface of the floor. Radiant heating , in general, is more efficient than baseboard heating, and it is also more energy efficient than central heating, since no energy is lost through ducts.
Water conservation is another consideration for designing an eco-friendly bathroom. The master bathroom includes dual flush toilets and water saving showerheads. These elements can be environmentally conscious, as well as functionally attractive.
Dual flush toilets handle solid and liquid waste differently from standard American toilets. Rather than using the same amount of water with every flush, the user is actually given a choice. Water is conserved by using only the minimum amount necessary for each visit.
Water saving shower heads conserve water by forcing water through pipes and fixtures at a lower pressure. A good way to envision the difference is to imagine a faucet being turned on at full blast versus turning it to a moderate level of water. We can probably all agree that a faucet turned on at full speed is not necessary to wash our hands, and it may even create an unwanted splattered mess of water on the counter. The same concept can be applied to understanding the way in which water saving shower heads deliver and conserve water. Rest assured that a quality showerhead will feel good at both high and low water pressures.
Another feature that this home has is a whole house water filtration system. A whole house water filtration system is attached to the main water line, as it enters the house. Therefore, sediment, bacteria, and other harmful contaminants are removed before entering the home, which provides significant health benefits to its residents. In addition, this type of water filtration system prevents sediment from wreaking havoc on your appliances, such as washing machines, dishwashers, and hot water heaters. Extending the life of appliances not only saves money, but prevents unnecessary waste.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FABLITIZE YOUR HOME, CONTACT ME FOR A CONSULTATION – EITHER ONLINE OR IN-PERSON – AT KIMBERLY@KNOTTINGHILLINTERIORS.COM.
NOW, GO HAVE AN “It’s So Fabulous!” DAY!