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2014 DC Design House

April 11, 2014. Posted by Case Design to Bathroom Remodeling
It’s time for the big reveal! This year’s DC Design House may be one of Washington, DC’s most dramatic before and after remodeling projects. The location chosen for the 2014 DC Design House is a spacious, historic home located in Forest Hills. The 8,000-square-foot home was built in 1929 by Marshall B. Coyne, the founder of the Madison Hotel. Coyne’s home has remained in the family since, and currently belongs to his granddaughter Suzi Wilczynski. Twenty-four local designers have had the privilege to transform 29 spaces within the gorgeous home. These spaces include: six bedrooms, five full baths, two half baths, a formal library, a three-car garage, and a pool.

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The 2014 DC Design House


The Washington, DC Design House event is a designer showcase for the DC Metro area, in which top area interior design professionals showcase their talents into a “flowing themed design home” to raise funds for charity. Though the event started in 2008 as a single charitable event, it has since become the region’s foremost annual residential design attraction, with over 55,000 visitors over the past six years. It is also a leading annual fundraiser event for the Children’s National Health system, having raised over $1 million since 2008.

Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. and ibby are honored to contribute to the 2014 DC Design House. Notably, Case Design and Ibby were given the opportunity to remodel two of the bathrooms in the home.

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The Case Design/Remodeling team of TJ Monahan (with Case’s ibby), Steve Magill (with Case’s fred), and Allie Mann (with Case’s Falls Church, VA office) in the bathroom (and shower) that Allie is renovating for the 2014 DC Design House.


This marks the fourth consecutive year that Case Design’s Allie Mann has designed a space in the Design House. This year, Allie redesigned one of second floor bathrooms. Allie has an eye for creating comfortable and casual spaces, and her work has an emphasis on Kitchen and Bath design. As you can see, Allie was able to transform an outdated, white-tiled bathroom into an elegant bathroom with calming moss green walls, polished marble floors and countertops, and stylish cabinets.

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Before: Allie’s bathroom


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After: Allie’s bathroom


This is the first year that ibby’s TJ Monahan has participated in the event, but he accepted the challenge and vowed to wow guests. As he told the Washingtonian, ““The attention to detail is impeccable. The play of color, texture, and scale is joyful. At first, your guests are taken aback by the modern lines that seem to spring from the historic confines of the space. As the space begins to settle in, they see that no, this is not just modern design for design’s sake. The tones of the stained-wood vanity and mirror would suit the finest library trim. The marble floor is supple and soft. The white ceramic accent tile is a tip-of-the-cap to traditional subway. The niche provides the storage necessary for showering supplies. It’s all so familiar—but at the same time, it’s all brand new.”

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TJ’s bathroom before renovation, and the design he created on ibby.com


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Before: TJ’s bathroom


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After: TJ’s bathroom


TJ used ibby’s online design tool to map out the bathroom before making any changes. With the help of Team Ibby, TJ transformed the old bathroom into a modern space that still felt at home in a historic house. The dark wooden cabinets contrast nicely with the bright white walls, bathtub, and sink. The clean, straight lines and rectangular shapes give the bathroom a sleek look.

The 2014 DC Design House opens to the public on Sunday, April 13 and runs through Sunday, May 11. Hours are Saturday & Sunday from 12 – 5 pm, and Tuesday thru Friday from 10 am – 3 pm. Tickets cost $25 each and are available online or at the door. The home is located at 4600 Linnean Way, NW, Washington, DC. For more information, please visit the official website or Facebook page.

We hope to see you there!
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His and Hers Spaces

March 19, 2014. Posted by Case Design to Bathroom Remodeling, Home Remodeling
Just because you love your significant other doesn’t mean you have to share every bit of your space with him or her. Let’s face it, sometimes you need an area that entirely belongs to you. Check out the ideas below that teach you how to create individual spaces while maintaining a cohesive room. You’ll find you can appreciate your significant other even more if you aren’t elbowing him or her away from the sink every morning.

His & Hers Bathrooms

There is no place where his and her areas are more essential than in the bathroom. Everyone’s morning routine is smoother if you both are not vying to use the same space. Picture him shaving and her brushing her teeth and applying mascara over one sink – it’s pretty much a recipe for disaster. Consider a few of the setups below that have separate his and her space, no matter the size of the bathroom.


The long countertop with individual sink basins allows for personal space while maintaining a shared feel. The large countertop leaves plenty of room to spread out and utilize your own space.


This option is great for making smaller spaces functional for two people. While counter space is a bit limited, each person has his or her own sink and mirror, allowing for a bit of privacy.

His & Hers Office Space

In an age where more and more people are working remotely, you need to be sure that your office space is set up to accommodate both you and your partner. Two separate desk spaces give each of you room to complete your tasks without encroaching on the other’s space. Just be sure you have enough drawer space and shelving so that you aren’t battling it out over the prime storage real estate.



His & Her Furnishings

We all have those little decorative touches that we love, but what happens when your significant other doesn’t love your animal print couch or you hate that neon beer sign leftover from his college days? It’s time to compromise. You can both have pieces of what you like incorporated into the home. Consider purchasing two similarly shaped lounge chairs, and having each of you choose a fabric or covering for one of them.


Giving yourself a little personal space while still respecting your partner’s design tastes is always a good idea.  Put these ideas into practice and you’ll probably start feeling positive vibes in your relationship and in your home.

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Thinking Green on St. Patrick’s Day

March 14, 2014. Posted by Case Design to Bathroom Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling
St. Patrick’s Day is Monday, which for most means corned hash, Guinness, and the color green. However, when we at Case Design hear “think green,” we aren’t just thinking of adding a splash of emerald green to the walls or a throw pillow on the couch. Our team of project developers and designers will focus on making your home more eco-friendly. While many people look for energy-efficiency in new home construction, what most people don’t recognize is that older homes—like so many in the Washington, DC metropolitan area—can achieve great results with just a few simple renovations.

With temperatures (hopefully) rising soon, an investment in energy-efficient window panes may take a backseat to the installation of new ceiling fan fixtures. Ceiling fans are great because they can help cut down on AC energy bills by using wind-chilling effects to help you feel cool. Nowadays, ceiling fans aren’t just a utility, they can add design elements to your room too.



In addition to cooling, another savvy renovation in hot summer months is the move towards more efficient plumbing: be it sinks, showers, or toilets. New faucets and showerheads can deliver equal or better performance with reduced water usage through faucet aerators and lower-flow showerheads. These new fixtures are often easy to integrate into any bathroom.



In addition to replacing larger, older appliances in the kitchen with more energy-efficient ENERGY STAR ones, you can save on energy costs by better utilizing natural lighting and opening space for your appliances to work properly. When space allows in your redesign, relocating your refrigerator out of direct sunlight and away from warm appliances like your stove, oven, and dishwasher will cut down on the energy required to keep it cool.



These tips just scratch the surface of what’s possible when seeking to make your home green during a renovation. The U.S. Green Building Council maintains a comprehensive website for all things green during remodeling as a resource. Further, Case designers are always willing to discuss options with you on how your renovation can also be a move towards a greener future.

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Case Design Spotlight – Nancy H.

Nancy H.’s parents were coming to move in with her in her multi-level home. In order to prepare for their arrival, Nancy needed to make some significant changes to her guest bathroom. Having heard great things about Case Design and doing some research online, she decided to hire the firm to complete a bathroom remodel.

Nancy was assigned a Project Designer and a Project Manager who guided her through the process of choosing materials for the space, including a special safety railing for her parents’ new bathroom. As the remodel was underway, Nancy began to add more projects to her plate, and she wanted these updates to be special. Over the course of almost two years, Nancy and her Case team completed a major overhaul of her home. The remodel included changes to her staircases, carpets, kitchen, garage, ceilings and walls.

Remodeling a home is not always easy for contractors or clients. Watching the many changes her home was undergoing, Nancy, on occasion, became nervous. The Project Designer “calmed [her] down” by involving her in every single step of the process and adjusting designs and switching out materials as needed. “I am very hands on,” Nancy said, “and they were very patient with me and all my questions.”



The best part of the process for Nancy was having such an attentive team. “My Project Designer came to hardware stores with me to talk me through the design elements for my projects. That’s not typical of a contractor firm and I couldn’t do it alone. With the individualized service that you get from Case, the price is really worth it,” she explained.



Nancy’s designer helped her achieve the special look she desired and was “accommodating and friendly” throughout the extensive process. During construction Nancy said the electricians, plumbers and other Case team members were not disruptive and she enjoyed having them around. “After that long, I really got to know everyone very well. They got used to me asking questions while they were working and didn’t mind.”



Our self-proclaimed “hands on” client Nancy ended up with a beautiful space and is now enjoying it with friends and family. “We love everything. I don’t think there is a day that goes by that we don’t think, ‘How beautiful is all of this?’” Nancy says that she would recommend hiring Case Design to her friends, and is also hoping to come back for another remodeling project.



As we congratulated Nancy on her great remodel, she congratulated us on receiving the 2013 National Capitol Business Ethics Award from the National Capital Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. “My Case team was very attentive and did a great job. It’s terrific that they won!”  Satisfied clients like Nancy help us earn these great honors. Thank you, Nancy!

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Case Design Spotlight – Darrell Smith

We caught up with a former client, Darrell Smith, who used Case Design to remodel multiple rooms in his home, and asked him to share his experience with us for our first Client Spotlight post.

While on the search for a contractor, Darrell was recommended to Case by his coworker. She knew he had just purchased a new home and suggested that professionals take on all of his larger projects. That recommendation was followed by another, when Darrell’s neighbor told him Case was the perfect company to take on the renovation.

“After searching for myself online, on sites like Angie’s List, I decided on Case. The reviews explained that the contractors were knowledgeable and professional,” Darrell said.

Darrell sought to renovate three fourths of the house’s top floor. His master bedroom, master bathroom and hallway bathroom were to be gutted and in order to complete the project, Case would have to take down a loadbearing wall.

Smith bedroom before

BEFORE: Master bedroom


To begin his renovation, Darrell called Case and was assigned an architect and a designer. “They came to the house and took measurements and pictures. Then they went back to their Design Studio and came up with three really great floor plans,” Darrell explained. Even after the duo had created the plans Darrell got to adjust them to make his project even more personalized. Case even helped him choose materials that were perfect for him, in terms of style and maintenance.

BEFORE: Guest bathroom

BEFORE: Guest bathroom


They finalized the floor plan and brought in several of the best plumbers, electricians and architects in the region. “The specialists assessed potential issues without pulling up a single tile.” During the renovation, Darrell says there were no hiccups. The team kept to their budget and timetable, something he was not anticipating. “I was expecting some delays in the schedule, I figured that always happened with contractors, but Case was different. Each specialist came in at a designated time, which was pretty efficient.”

Smith bathroom after

AFTER: Bathroom


After everything was said and done, Darrell and Case created a beautiful top floor. The space in the master bedroom and bathroom increased after Case removed the loadbearing wall.

Smith bathroom after

AFTER – Master Bathroom


Though Darrell will most likely spend more time in the master suite, his favorite part of the renovation was the updated hallway bathroom. The bathroom, located at the top of the stairs, had a malfunctioning skylight that Case redesigned and highlighted. “It really has a WOW factor now. Every time someone sees it they tell me how good it looks.”

Smith bedroom after

AFTER: Master Bedroom


Darrell says his next project is a kitchen remodel and he wouldn’t trust any other company to do such a great job. “What could have been a very difficult and terrible remodel, Case made easy and extraordinary. I would definitely recommend them for any daunting remodeling job.”

Upon hearing that Case Design recently received the 2013 National Capitol Business Ethics Award from the National Capital Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, for their integrity and honesty, Darrell said, “I’m not shocked at all. I’m glad they won. They definitely deserve it. They treated me well as a customer and they did everything they said they were going to do.”

Smith bathroom

AFTER: Bathroom


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Home Spas: The Ultimate Relaxation

January 22, 2014. Posted by Case Design to Bathroom Remodeling, Home Remodeling
Do you work long hours and feel desperate to unwind once you leave? Instead of visiting a pricey spa, why not give yourself the ability to relax in the comfort and solitude of your own living space. You definitely deserve it! Once you get your home spa installed, your biggest problem will be kicking the rest of your family out, so that you can finally get some peace and quiet.

Water

Water is the foundation of a spa. This element promotes rejuvenation and relaxation. The calming effects of water allow you to relax in an environment that feels both comfortable and safe. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can create a homemade spa in your bathroom with water as the focal point.


Spa Tubs

Spa tubs are a great way to add some extra style to your bathroom while still keeping a functional space for daily use. Spa tubs are perfect for soaking and provide a sleek, modern look when designed with a metal finish.



Natural Views

Providing a natural view to enjoy while relaxing in your tub can be a great way to promote a spa-like atmosphere. This gives you the ability to appreciate the natural beauty of your environment.


Outdoor Spas

Backyard spas are a great home addition, especially if you crave time outdoors. If you enjoy entertaining, an outdoor spa would be a great place to gather friends, pour a glass of wine, and relax and listen to everyone’s life updates. If you live in a warmer climate, you can enjoy an outdoor spa area all year long! If you’re living somewhere colder, consider encasing the spa in glass to keep the area toasty.



Asian-themed

People often associate relaxation with achieving zen. An Asian-themed spa room can help you feel as if you are taking a step away from your American life, and transport you to a whole different world. The bamboo floors, dimmed lights, and oriental theme give the feel of a high-end spa somewhere far away from your own home.



Any of these options give you a place to truly unwind and find a peaceful moment in your day. Have we convinced you to build your own home spa yet?

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Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. Honored with National Capital Business Ethics Award

Press Release – November 2013 (Bethesda, MD) – Case Design/Remodeling, Inc., a full-service residential remodeling firm with offices in Maryland and Virginia, was recently named the winner of the National Capital Business Ethics Award (NCBEA), Medium Company Category, presented by the National Capital Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. Nominated by Mark Dolfis of AXA-Advisors, Case was honored for its strong commitment to the highest level of ethical business practices in daily operations, management philosophies and response to crises and challenges.

An independent panel of judges drawn from business, academia, public service and the ethics community evaluates the entries based upon the CEO’s and senior officers’ commitments to business ethics via an established corporate code of ethics that communicates the company’s requirements for honesty, integrity and compliance with the law. A company is also evaluated on how ethics are a living part of the company’s philosophy, culture and everyday business operations that ensures the fair and consistent treatment of all parties involved, among other criteria.

Susan Koch, an NCBEA judge, states, “In an industry where companies disappear as quickly as they pop‐up. Case stands strong at more than 50 years and counting. They are working to raise the level of ethical standards through a Remodeling Industry Award program they created as well as through active participation in a national associations’ government affairs committee.” During the NCBEA gala in October, Koch also mentioned Case’s five-year warranty on its work as well as Case’s employees who have been with the company 10 to 30 years. “Those same employees proudly serve the community through a company‐wide initiative called Case Cares where they make a difference in the lives of others through their collective accomplishments,” Koch says. “Our visit to Case was filled with people telling me it’s the best company they’ve ever worked for.”

“Winning the National Capital Business Ethics Award is a true honor and testament to Case’s commitment to doing the right thing,” says Bruce Case, president and CEO of Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. “Lots of businesses talk about ‘what’ they do and ‘how’ they do it. We dig deeper. Since Fred Case began the home remodeling business in 1961, he has built on a foundation of beliefs that drive our daily decisions and that target our focus. They are what make Case special. And they are captured in three simple words – Value, Design, Respect – beliefs that are simple, but not easy. No one is as committed to them as Case is and no one brings the breadth to execute them as we do.”

Case will now be entered in the American Business Ethics Awards, the Society of Financial Service Professionals nationwide program recognizing companies that exemplify the highest level of ethical behavior in everyday business practices.

About Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

Founded in 1961, Case Design/Remodeling is a full-service residential remodeling company built on generations of precise craftsmanship, inspiring design and superior service commitment to its clients. From the Case offices in Bethesda, Maryland and Falls Church and Williamsburg, Virginia, to the custom design studios in Bethesda, Maryland and Falls Church, Virginia, Case collaborates with clients throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan region to bring added dimension, knowledge and skill to every experience. During its 52 years, Case has been honored with more than 100 awards for excellence in design and craftsmanship, superior client service, outstanding business innovation, and cutting-edge technology and marketing, including two 2013 Peninsula Housing & Builders Association Showcase Awards. Case Cares initiatives include working with local schools via Hands on DC, donating to The Loading Dock (a nonprofit building materials reuse center) as well as church groups, and assisting with blood drives, homeless shelters via HomeStretch and Friendship Place, and victims of natural disasters. Case also built a one-level home for an injured Iraq vet with Homes for Our Troops. For more information about Case Design/Remodeling, Inc., go to www.casedesign.com or call 800.513.2250.

See more on the NCBEA website: http://businessethicsawards.org/award-recipients/2010-award-recipients.cfm

Media Contact: Sherry Moeller, MoKi Media, 301.807.0910, sherry.moeller@mokimedia.com.
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Before and After: From Simple to Sophisticated

Go ahead and admit it, everyone loves a good before and after story. The idea and process of taking something old or tired and making it fresh and new is both exciting and rewarding. Before and after projects provide a sense of accomplishment when you consider how far you’ve been to how far you’ve come. In the home, transforming a room – or the entire home – can give you and your family an up to date feel. So let’s take a walk down memory lane, take a look at our three favorite before and after projects by Case Design.

Helpful hint: Always be sure to take photos of your before and after projects so you can see the full impact of your new design.

1) Front Door Refresh

The outside of your home is the first impression that people have when they come to visit. Make sure the exterior (especially the street front) reflects your style and personality. Curb appeal is important for both resale value and home presentation.

In this before and after project, the team painted the home warmer colors. The beige and burgundy tones are inviting and coordinate well with the natural foliage in the yard. The addition of the front step overhang and side rails give the home a unique personality. These cosmetic architectural additions are like a face lift for the front of the house; the small adjustments lead to impressive results.



2) Kitchen Creations

The kitchen is the heart of the home. This is the area where the family gathers multiple times a day for dining and entertainment. The kitchen should combine both comfort and function to provide your family with an open environment that fits your busy lifestyle.

This project takes an outdated space and improves both the visual appeal and functionality of the space. The construction of the center island and bar stool area provides extra seating and work space. This is a great way for family to gather while cooking an evening meal or a space for children to spread out homework or school projects. The updated hardwoods, wall color alteration, and mosaic sconces create a sophisticated atmosphere.



3) Restroom Reconstruct

The bathrooms in your home get a lot of wear and tear, especially if you entertain regularly or have a big family. These spaces need to be open, clean, and well organized.

In this before and after endeavor, the team made a big effort to emphasize the natural light available in the space and supplement it with new lighting fixtures as well. Lots of light makes the space feel bigger. The addition of the fully glass shower and consistent tiling feature throughout the room – and onto the vanity – give a previously cramped space new life and comforting consistency.



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Revamp Your Bathroom with Modern (and Classic) Ideas

June 21, 2013. Posted by Case Design to Bathroom Remodeling
It’s time. Those outdated showers, bathtubs, cabinets, and tiles have got to go. The bathroom is one of the most highly used rooms in your home so it should reflect your personal style and personality while maintaining its function at the same time. The opportunity to create the bathroom of your dreams is right at your fingertips. Whether you prefer a cool modern design or a classic cozy feel, playing with different layouts, fixtures, and hardware allows you to create the look you want. Browse through some modern ideas to transform your bathroom into a relaxing retreat.

Take advantage of what you already have

Natural light is one of the easiest ways to transform your bathroom. Using existing light and creating a window that allows as little or as much light in as you want is an easy way for the homeowner to use the things nature provides us with, while at the same time creating a space that might appear larger than it really is.



His and Hers Vanity Area

His and hers vanity areas let the couple share the space while still allowing them their own storage area. These layouts are important in modern bathrooms because they allow the couple to feel like this shared space is their own. Symmetrical designs open the master bath up to a fresh, clean look.



The Fancy Shower

Fancy showers are becoming the main focus of the bathroom. With options for a walk-in shower or open shower areas, homeowners have the opportunity to create the feel they want. Different textiles, glass, and fixtures allow for a number of mix and match ideas to create a look that reflects your personal style. Multiple shower heads and steam fixtures create a true spa-like experience in the comfort of your own home.



But I’m not ready to give up my bathtub!

If you like the idea of a large open shower, but aren’t quite ready to give up your relaxing bath time, create a space with both. Make the tub the focal point of the room, or use it to separate vanity areas.



Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Adding a mirror to your bathroom will open up the space while serving a purpose at the same time. Mirrors create the illusion that the area is bigger than it actually is. Add a large mirror above the vanity area for an easy way to add some depth to your bathroom.



Got Cold Feet?

Step out of your shower and onto your new heated floor. Heated tile is a feature that is becoming more and more common in the modern bathroom. Homeowners now have the opportunity to make stepping out of the shower on those cold winter months a little bit easier.



Still got cold feet?

Fireplaces in the bathroom are not as uncommon as you might think. People can add warmth to their bathrooms through one of the oldest methods around. A fireplace adds comfort and warmth and creates a cozy environment that almost makes you forget your worries at the door.



Attention to detail

The details of the fixtures, colors, and appliances you use are probably the most important to think of when looking at the bigger picture. Use blue mosaic tile for a cool Mediterranean look or a bright color on the walls to add contrast to your space. Choosing which tile, color, hardware, and fixtures you use is a fun way to show off your personal style and sophistication.



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Eco-Friendly Luxury Bathroom

April 13, 2013. Posted by design admin to Bathroom Remodeling
Bathrooms are high-use rooms that can demand a lot from the earth. They’re a major source of household water consumption and they require energy to light, heat, and ventilate the space while each member of your household bathes on a day-to-day basis. A bathroom remodel is an opportunity to decrease your home’s impact on the planet in a number of ways, and almost all of them are related to choices in materials. An eco friendly bathroom is created through a blend of efficient, sustainable materials and universal designs, both of which help limit your carbon footprint over the long haul. Try integrating any of these eco-friendly design ideas into your own remodeling plans, and share ideas from your own eco-friendly bathroom remodel in the comments section below.

Resource conservation in the bathroom

In the bathroom, resource conservation is focused on water consumption and HVAC. Eco friendly lighting can help reduce energy consumption anywhere in the home, and the bathroom is a good place to start. eco friendly bathroom accessories

Image from Case Design/Remodeling

Low-flow fixtures help reduce water consumption in the bathroom. Water efficient shower heads and faucets increase aeration so flow is reduced without compromising pressure and performance. A dual-flush toilet can reduce toilet water consumption by up to 30%.

eco friendly toilet

Image by Roca

A bathroom fixture like this one minimizes water use and offers a sleek, modern design. The Roca W+W is a sink and toilet in one that filters and chemically treats the sink water for reuse in the toilet.

eco friendly bath tub While enormous soaking tubs are all the rage in the master bath, a well-designed bathtub can cut water use in half and still leave plenty of room for a relaxing, spa-like experience. Image from Case Design/Remodeling

eco friendly lighting

Image from Case Design and Remodeling

Eco friendly lighting utilizes as much natural light as possible. A skylight in the bathroom allows plenty of light into the room while maintaining privacy.

Good vanity lighting can help limit the amount of overhead lighting needed. And converting to LED fixtures means your lights will use less than 10% of the energy of their incandescent counterparts.

Although not every bathroom has room for a ceiling fan like this one, adding one to a bathroom with windows will increase HVAC efficiency dramatically.

eco friendly bathroom

Image from Lindus Construction

If your bathroom doesn’t have a window and a skylight isn’t an option, a sun tunnel, or tubular daylighting device (TDD), may be your answer. These affordable contraptions blend in with recessed overhead lights and send a large dose of natural light into the room to reduce artificial light consumption in the daytime. Try adding a sun tunnel to a shower in lieu of a recessed light.

Integrating sustainable and recycled materials

There’s a lot to keep in mind when it comes to choosing sustainable materials. Using recycled or salvaged materials—whether it’s from your old bathroom, a salvage yard, or elsewhere—is one of the best ways to limit your impact because there’s no effect on the planet from production and the materials are often sourced locally. Instead of throwing away existing materials from your bathroom demolition during a remodel, consider refinishing and reusing your existing bathroom vanity, reintegrating old bathroom tiles into a new tile design, or resurfacing an aging sink or bathtub instead of replacing it.

eco friendly bathrooms

 Image from Case Design/Remodeling

Keeping the old chimney as part of the new design gives this bathroom plenty of character, visual interest, and texture. The quartz countertop is an increasingly common choice for an eco friendly bathroom vanity, as the engineering process uses scraps from natural stone products and reduces waste. The maintenance-free qualities of quartz surfaces contribute to their eco-friendliness by eliminating products needed for sealing. eco friendly bathroom vanity

Image from Kerrie L. Kelly

There are plenty of opportunities to create beautiful designs with colorful recycled glass tiles in the bathroom. Use them on vertical surfaces such as the shower walls, vanity backsplash, or to cover an entire wall like the design pictured here. eco friendly vanity A recycled glass basin sink, quartz countertop, heat-absorbing slate tiles, and minimalist design come together to create an eco-friendly vanity in a striking contemporary bathroom. Image from Case Design/Remodeling antique sink

Image from Gaspar’s Construction

An antique sink like this one is perfect in a kitchen or bath and has the ability to take the style of any space in a whole new direction. recycled glass tile

Image from CounterEdge

Recycled glass countertops mix glass and tinted cement with other scrap materials to create a wide range of different patterns and colors. The countertop pictured here is a mix of glass, stone chips, and mother-of-pearl. Manufactured by FuezStone at a wind-powered plant in Portland, OR, this countertop is eco-friendly on multiple levels.

recycled glass countertop

Image from Tali Hardonag Architect

Salvaged materials offer another way to bring beauty, uniqueness, and sustainability to a space. This eco-friendly bathroom boasts fast-growing bamboo flooring, locally-harvested river stones, low-flow fixtures, and a sink pedestal crafted from a salvaged barn beam.

Creating a universal design

A universal design is appealing—both aesthetically and functionally­—to a wide range of users, including children, the elderly, and both sexes. It’s not always easy catering to so many different style preferences and needs, but the reward is a space with a limited impact on the earth. Because the materials and overall design are selected for their longevity, the space limits the need for future renovations, which have an impact on the planet in themselves.

recycled glass mosaic tiles

Image from Case Design/Remodeling

A universal design often brings a neutral color scheme that works well with any style, accent, or décor. A simple design can be dressed up and personalized with eco friendly bathroom accessories and other impermanent fixtures. Here a glass tile privacy window adds natural light, while black and white recycled glass mosaic tiles create an eye-catching accent band. Porcelain subway tiles complete a classic design that promises to remain timeless. concrete sinks

Image from Modern House Architects

Custom-poured concrete sinks offer a clean, beautiful, and neutral design that’s eco-friendly to boot. Concrete is usually mixed and cast locally and sourced from locally-harvested natural materials. Concrete products can be tinted nearly any color, or mixed without tint for an industrial look.

This attractive, modern design expands countertop space with a custom basin rack, and would make an excellent baby bath, in addition to a universal master bath sink.

concrete bathtub

Image from Boor Bridges Architecture

Materials that retain heat or keep their cool should be considered eco friendly as well. This outdoor soaking room increases its energy efficiency with a custom cast concrete bathtub and slate tile floor. Concrete and slate both absorb solar or artificial heat and then radiate the warmth slowly for hours, making these materials wonderful in the bathroom. A concrete bathtub also keeps bath water hotter for longer periods.
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