Reusing Old Materials for Green Bath Design
For a unique and eco-friendly look, try using salvaged materials in your bathroom design: reclaimed wood, antique tiles and even old sinks.
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This practice evolved from small one- and two-person salvage operations in the 1970s and exploded in the past 10 years, says Liz Bieter of Duluth Timber Company, in Duluth, Minn. The reclaimed wood, often heart pine and Douglas fir but also other woods, such as redwood and chestnut, have advantages besides being beautiful and earth-friendly, Liz says. Because of its age, it's more stable than new wood; it won't change shape and its color has fully deepened.