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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Like Leah, you can find antique tiles and other retro bath fixtures on eBay or in architectural salvage stores. They can cost anywhere from a few dollars each to a few thousand dollars each, depending on age, rarity and condition.
And, unlike Leah, if you've only managed to collect a few treasured tiles, you can scatter them among new field, or background, tiles on a chair rail or a sink surround; think Arts and Crafts Batchelder tiles among field tiles of limestone.
If you have some tiles that you'd hate to lose should you move from your house (such as heirlooms from your grandmother), consider surrounding them with an edge of wood or metal, such as copper or pewter, and then laying them so they can be removed and replaced with less sentimentally precious tiles. Be sure not to mortar the back (only the sides)of the surround to make removal easier.
For these aficionados of the past, it's about reusing and not losing materials and products.
"I believe that old things have a beauty and a quality that newer things, even reproductions, lack," Leah says. "Often, these things are perfectly usable or can be refurbished so that they are and will last another 30, 50 or 70 years."
Staples Cabinetmakers, www.staplescabinetmakers.com
Duluth Timber Company, www.duluthtimber.com
Ohmega Salvage, www.ohmegasalvage.com
Reclaimed Wood Council, www.reclaimedwoodcouncil.org
Solar Antique Tiles, www.solarantiquetiles.com
Karen Michelle Antique Tiles, www.antiquetiles.com
Mountain Lumber, www.mountainlumber.com
Pioneer Millworks, www.pioneermillworks.com
The Woods Company, www.thewoodscompany.com