Relaxing & Eco-Friendly Ideas for Your Bathroom Renovation

by Julie Pieczonka 11/01/2021

Renovating your bathroom is a big undertaking. Not only can this be one of the most costly home improvement projects to take on, but it also can provide you with one of the biggest returns on your investment. Your bathroom is a high-frequency room, and therefore it is a drain on your energy resources. It also is one of the places where you need to be able to relax and refresh yourself.

As a result, when you do take on a bathroom project, you are going to want to focus on creating a sustainable, spa-like bathroom. These tips will help you create an energy-efficient bathroom that still offers a tranquil vibe:

Upgrade Your Bathroom Features to Conserve Water

When you are renovating your bathroom, you should consider the age and state of your current bathroom features such as your toilet, sinks, tub and shower heads. Many of these features can be replaced or upgraded in order to use less water. For example, a dual-flush toilet has programmable settings that allow you to use less water depending on whether you are flushing liquid or solid waste. You can still have a rainwater shower head in your new spa-like bathroom, but just search for one that has a low flow rate so that it does not waste excessive water while in use.

Choose a Vanity Made From Sustainable Materials

If you are planning to replace the vanity in your bathroom, you may want to consider one that is created from sustainable materials. Reclaimed barn wood is one of the most popular materials in home design right now, and you may be able to find a beautiful vanity that uses vintage barn doors as an accent. If the farmhouse look isn't your style, then consider purchasing a vanity made out of bamboo, which is one of the most sustainable materials you can buy.

Select a VOC-Free Paint

A VOC-free paint will not continue to emit chemical gasses for weeks or months after you paint your bathroom. This is not only good for your health, but it also helps to protect the environment. To continue with your spa theme, consider choosing a soothing color to paint your bathroom walls, such as sea foam green, gray blue or pale lavender. These peaceful colors will help your mind and body relax as soon as you enter the bathroom.

Add Plants and More for Decor

Once the construction is finished and your new bathroom fixtures are installed, you can focus on decorating. In order to stay committed to your eco-friendly efforts, you will want to consider sustainable home decor items. Moisture-loving houseplants can add a touch of whimsy and natural wonder to your bathroom, while simultaneously purifying the air for you.

It's never easy to have your bathroom under construction, but the frustration and disruption will be well worth the effort when your project is complete. Once completed you will have a beautiful bathroom that you will feel good about. Not only will you be proud of the energy-efficient features and sustainable extras that you implemented into the design, but you also will find that this room is the escape that you need from the stresses of daily life.

About the Author

Julie Pieczonka

Hi- I am Julie Pieczonka and I would love to assist you. Whether you're in the research phase at the beginning of your real estate search or you know exactly what you're looking for, you'll benefit from having a real estate professional by your side. I would be honored to put my real estate experience to work for you. 

I am a retired fitness education and health education teacher.  I decided to satisfy a long-time goal of mine and become a Realtor. This continues my desire to serve others and am so fortunate to have had amazing success. I served as an Ohio & Indiana Realtor,  was a member of the Ohio Association of Realtor's President's Club 2015, 2016 & 2017; and a member of the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtor's Circle of Excellence Club 2015, 2016 & 2017. Realtor of the Year for Sellstate Platinum Realty in 2020.

My husband and I (and our two golden retrievers) have become permanent Florida residents as I acted as a referral agent only in Ohio and Indiana from 2018 through the present. 

I am actively practice my love for Real Estate here in the Sunshine State. 

I absolutely enjoy assisting my clients in one of the biggest decisions they will make in their lives —that's buying and selling real estate.


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