Unique Second-Floor Bathroom From HGTV Green Home 2008
The upstairs guest bathroom at Green Home employs efficient "on-demand" tankless water heaters, energy saving short-run hot water lines and low-flow toilets that use rainwater recycled from roof runoff.
Everything from the floor to the ceiling in this bathroom — including the toiletries — is eco-friendly. Walnut veneer planking covers a dense inner layer of recycled wood fibers. This product uses up to two-thirds less harvested wood than alternative wood flooring options and comes from managed forests. The all-wood, furniture-quality vanity presents ample storage for toiletries. It is topped with an eco-friendly quartz countertop that is heat-resistant, stain-resistant and anti-microbial. Organic soaps and linens, and beautifully textured baskets, add spice to the vanity.
Interior designer Linda Woodrum chose the whimsical dog paintings as the first decorative items for the room. Their brown, orange and gold color scheme became the inspiration for most of the second-floor rooms, including the sitting room, guest bedroom and guest bathroom.
The mosaic glass tile stripes give the shower unique flair. "Because this door is always open," Linda says, "I had to do something bold." An aerator on the shower reduces water flow without compromising water pressure. The house is designed to minimize the length of the hot water lines, reducing energy wasted waiting on hot water at the shower or faucet. Tankless water heaters service the house and save energy by only heating water when needed.
Like the other bathrooms, this one features a low-flow toilet, which uses water recycled from roof runoff. A ventilation system controls moisture, reducing bathroom humidity. This is supported by bathroom exhaust fans that are tied to occupancy sensors, so they only run when needed to quietly remove unwanted moisture and odors.