What to consider, from faucets and fixtures to sinks, vanities, walls, and floors, when designing a bathroom that is environmentally friendly.
Faucets and Fixtures
Conserving water is the most important environmentally friendly strategy for the bathroom, and you can do it beautifully with new faucets and fixtures available from companies such as Kohler and Toto. Look for contemporary and traditional styles and finishes in low-flow showerheads, toilets, and lavatory faucets. Read more
By Karen Cole Banack and Melody Duron
Consider some important points before updating the look of your bathroom.
An effective bathroom design should address all your needs, physical and spiritual. Here are the most important tips to consider when considering bathroom renovations.
1. Choose elegant fixtures.
A pedestal sink with graceful lines is more attractive than a blocky cabinet vanity. A classic claw-foot tub is like bathroom sculpture. Even enclosed in a deck, the simple lines of the lip have an inherent beauty that surpasses most acrylic versions. Read more
Make a big splash in a pint-size bath by indulging in chic fixtures and glamorous finishes. Look to colorful fabrics, updated fixtures, and storage niches to help your tiny bath sparkle.
Show a Little Leg
Cabinet doors can visually weigh down a petite bath. Keep things light and airy with a furniture-style vanity. With this unit, baskets hold supplies on the bottom shelf, ensuring the undersink area provides plentiful storage. Small drawers on both sides of the sink house small toiletries and cosmetics. Read more
These readers traded sweat equity for high-end fixtures and finishes that evoke the silvery glitz of 1930s Tinseltown. Here’s your ticket to transforming your bath without the movie-star price tag
by Gillian Barth, This Old House Magazine
Frank and Janice Go to Hollywood
“If we were going to do this bath, it had to be magnificent.” —Janice and Frank Gingerelli, Bloomfield, New jersey
After 30 years of enduring their master bath’s busy orange-and-fuchsia wallpaper, dingy beige tile, and dim light from one puny window, Janice and Frank Gingerelli wanted the opposite for their remodeled space. They made it bright and airy by installing a new leaded-glass window and exposing the ceiling rafters. Read more
Do It in Style
Can more than 2.5 million votes be wrong about what makes a beautiful master bathroom? That’s how many ballots were cast on the DIY Network’s site as part of the annual Blog Cabin contest, which awards one lucky viewer a revamped home — this year, overlooking lush Woodstock, NY (yes, that Woodstock). Good Housekeeping developed three luxe bath looks, and voters picked a favorite. Read more
Get a bathroom that boasts fabulous style and function. Find inspiration for your remodeling project from these amazing before and after bathroom makeovers.
Before: In Need of a Refresh
A gorgeous pedestal sink was no match for the busy wallpaper in this petite powder room. The dated floral pattern drew the focus, away from the of the classic sink. But it took only $195 to completely transform the look of this bathroom. Read more
Carter Oosterhouse uses a sustainable building product in a kitchen update.
by Carter Can
Richlite paper-based countertops are a great alternative to stone and plastic surfaces. They are comprised of pulp from trees that are harvested in sustainable forests with closely-managed environmental mandates such as habitat conservation. They come in a variety of colors and options and are mostly stain resistant, scratch resistant and heat resistant. Read more
With exposure to water, heat, sharp knives, and more, countertops carry a heavy burden in the kitchen. Discover the pros and cons of each countertop material to help you make the right choice for your kitchen.
Natural-Stone Kitchen Countertops
Stone is a durable material that stands up to the tough wear of an active kitchen. Stone’s natural variations in colors and textures make each countertop unique. Read more