August 14, 2007

Green Bathroom

At 2 Out Of Three our desire for aesthetically pleasing and functional design extends outside our television screens and computer monitors and into the world around us. More specifically it extends into the building that surrounds us as our San Francisco studio recently went through a bathroom remodel. Built in 1909 our studio contains high ceilings, original hardwood floors, period molding as well as other classic elements that make San Francisco apartments unique. Our goal in the bathroom remodel was to maintain the classic look of the apartment while bringing it up to date using as many “green” and sustainable materials as possible.

The process of remodeling an apartment was surprisingly similar to the creative process we go through to build a new web site. We begin by defining our goals, then proceeded to creating a plan (architectural drawings), moved into development (demo and then construction phase) and finally into the polish and QA (paint and other touch up items). After three months, allot of dust, yelling and screaming (mainly by me), and a few sleepless nights we met our goal of a newly remodeled green bathroom.

So, what makes this bathroom “Green”? Well, it does not have a certification from the US Green Building Council but it does have a number of green features:

Ultra Touch Recycled Denim Insulation
Between our walls we put insulation made out of thousands of little denim scraps. It’s a very ingenious product that reduces the amount of waste going into our landfills and is a less toxic than traditional insulation.

Custom Built Vanity Mirror and Cabinets using FCS wood and non-VOC stain
The bathroom vanity mirror and cabinet were custom built by Eco Home Improvement over in Berkeley. They used FCS wood, which is harvested from a sustainable, maintained forest and then stained using non toxic products

Non VOC paint and primer throughout the interior
We headed back to Eco Home Improvement to pick up American Pride’s non-VOC paint from their paint bar.

Remnant Granite counter top
I know granite is not an very environmentally friendly material but we did scavenge this piece from excess inventory at True Stone.

Low Flow Toilet
Low flow toilets reduce the amount of water used for each flush from 5 gallons to 1.6 gallons.

Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs
They last longer, use less energy, and reduce you’re energy bill. What’s not to like?

Take a look at the pictures. I’ll see if I can get some more shots up shortly….

Green Bathroom: Vanity Counter Top, Raised Bowl Sink, faucet in the walls

Green Bathroom: Repainted claw foot tub, tile floor, frameless glass shower doors

Green Bathroom: Vanity Mirror made of FCD wood, Low Flow Toilet

If you’re in the neighborhood come on by and check out the new bathroom we’d love to give you a tour.