Sustainable Bathroom Design
In her collection of sustainable interior design articles written for Self Build Ireland Magazine, Nicola explores the importance of eco friendly design in bathrooms.
Date: Winter 2010
Publication: Self Build Ireland Magazine
Content: In the past bathroom designs have been a prestigious show of wealth with sleek contemporary designs and stark aesthetics. Coming into an age where sustainability and trend collide, water saving features and reducing your household environmental impact are paramount. The growth rate of our household water use is excessive and unsustainable. Over recent in years in the UK and Republic of Ireland, local authorities have taken steps to raise awareness of how precious water conservation is.
Extract: “Intelligent green remodelling; before you de-install the bathroom, knock through walls and skip the contents, stop and think. Question your motives, needs and desires. ‘I want an eco bathroom’ does not necessarily equate to buying everything new and throwing away everything old. Construction waste will be landfilled and could defeat your environmental purpose. Look at the broader picture and be mindful of what you throw away. Improving your bathroom with little environmental damage could mean to use as much of the existing fixtures and fittings as possible, bringing in key water saving features like a new WC or shower system. By exploring all possibilities you are able to make an informed environmental decision and identify the impact your actions have. “