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The 5 Must Do's of a Green Bathroom Makeover


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The 5 must do's and 3 things to absolutely avoid during a green bathroom makeover or remodeling project

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The 5 Must Do's of a Green Bathroom Makeover

  1. 1. Green Bathrooms<br />The 5 things you should do and 3things to absolutely avoid <br />
  2. 2. Green Bathrooms<br /> DO<br />Get Your Colors Right<br />Tile Right<br />Use Low Flow Fixtures<br />Pick the Right Materials & Finishes<br />Balance<br /> DON’TS<br />Moving Plumbing Fixtures<br />Doing It All<br />Inexpensive Fixtures<br />
  3. 3. Get Your Colors Right<br /><ul><li>Paint colors will either enhance and compliment the rest of your décor, or will detract from it.
  4. 4. Paint colors have two categories: warm and cool.
  5. 5. Start with the color wheel. Decide if you would like your bathroom to have a warm or cool tone. </li></li></ul><li>Get your Colors Right<br /><ul><li>Warm colors signify strength.
  6. 6. Cool colors give feelings of peace or tranquility.
  7. 7. - choose colors by mood, color combinations and more.
  8. 8. Test your color!</li></ul>Warm tone<br />Cool<br />tone<br />
  9. 9. Colors<br />
  10. 10. Tile Right<br />Bathroom tiling needs careful approach depending on materials and the size of the tiles. <br />The bigger the size of the tiles you use, the smaller the room seems visually. <br />If rectangular tiles are placed horizontally, the floor area of the premise will be increased, <br />If vertically - the height will increase. <br />
  11. 11. Tile Tips<br />Keep bathroom tiles small. <br />Don’t choose a tile color to match your furnishings. <br />Be careful with multiple colors. <br />
  12. 12. Low Flow Fixtures - Shower Heads<br /><ul><li>Reduce your household water consumption without a noticeable difference.
  13. 13. “Low flow” is generally defined as a showerhead with a water consumption rate of 0.5 to 2 gallons per minute (gpm).
  14. 14. Showerheads with a 1.75 gpm flow rate can save up to 30% on water usage compared to a 2.5 gpm showerhead.</li></li></ul><li>Dual Flush Toilet Kits<br />If replacing the toilet, look for dual flush options.<br />If not, retrofit the existing toilet - for around $25 you can save 40-50% of the water used in flushing – around 30 gallons of water a day (or 10,000 gallons per year) for a family of four.<br />
  15. 15. Materials & Finishes<br />Use Recycled Materials<br />Recycled glass can be used for countertops, tiles, and even flooring. <br />Consider reclaimed wood from old barns and farmhouses for floors or ceiling beams.<br />Recycled glass wall and floor tile<br />Recycled aluminum floor tiles<br />
  16. 16. Materials & Finishes<br />Doors, vanities, lighting, etc. in a green home remodel are often repurposed flea market finds. <br />
  17. 17. Material & Finishes<br />Pick Sustainable Materials A lot of wood used in construction comes from slow-growth forests where it takes a long time to replenish the trees that are cut down. <br /><ul><li>Consider bamboo, cork, concrete and eucalyptus.
  18. 18. Choose wood that is certified by the (FSC).</li></ul> Bamboo and concrete vanity<br />
  19. 19. Material & Finishes<br />Look for formaldehyde-free cabinetry.<br />Check your caulk.<br />Low or no VOC paints.<br />Don’t forget your shower curtain and accessories.<br />Clean with non toxic products.<br />Look for green personal products.<br />
  20. 20. Balance<br />When making over one part of the bathroom, don’t underestimate how the rest will look. <br />
  21. 21. Bathroom Don’ts<br />
  22. 22. Moving Plumbing Fixtures:<br />Requires changes to the floor and subfloor, moving pipes, changing pipe joints and connections…<br />Could involve tearing out ceilings and walls in rooms beside and/or below the bathroom.<br />If pipes in a concrete slab – may mean busting concrete to move the drains. <br />Factor in new sheetrock, paint and labor.<br />
  23. 23. Don’t Feel Like You Need To Do It All<br />
  24. 24. Don’t Feel Like You Need To Do It All<br />It’s possible to do things in stages - if you remember to balance. <br />Before After<br />
  25. 25. Stages<br />Stages could include<br />Re-tiling, <br />Old paint refreshing, <br />New shower installation,<br />New tub/toilet or vanity installation, <br />Resurfacing existing tub<br />A new coat of paint and some wainscotting<br />The whole hog<br />
  26. 26. Stages<br />A makeover can consist of new tiles and a new shower curtain. <br />
  27. 27. Inexpensive Fixtures<br />Less expensive faucets are cheap upfront but not over the lifespan of the faucet.<br />Look for faucet valves with brass or a brass base metal for corrosion resistance.<br />
  28. 28. Inexpensive Fixtures<br />Valve compression faucets have a stem that goes up and down to close and reopen the water valve. <br />The washer wears and will eventually leak.<br />Washerless valves have ceramic discs and cartridges - longer life and less likelihood of leakage. <br />
  29. 29. Call me if you need help with your green bathroom!<br />
  30. 30. Thank You!<br />Mike Otto<br />Fair and Square Remodeling<br />Ph: (612) 245-5826<br /><br />