Using a window can reduce some of your materials cost in a sauna. You're not only using less wood and adding to the design of the outdoor sauna, but you will use shorter boards around the window. That means you have flexibility when using recycled wood, such as cedar, because you can cut out any bad or warped spots and still use the quality material, according to Glenn Auerbach of SaunaTimes.com.
Create your own special shadowbox with cool-looking maps or maps of favorite places, or any other motifs that give you a warm fuzzy feeling. Give stacked books that you already own a cohesive look by simply having the spines face the back of the bookshelf, as Jen Woodhouse of The House of Wood did in decorating her recycled wood and crate bookshelf.
Designer Meg Caswell recycles a wood pallet as a unique photo display hanging over the tan sofa. The light blue walls and matching patterned pillows, along with the unique coffee table create a contemporary meets traditional style.
This eclectic living room features white and purple furniture and a teal shag rug. Repurposed wood forms the coffee table, while a chandelier hangs overhead. A large piece of artwork commands the room's attention.
The Wohnwagon hails from Austria and is constructed from natural, recycled and a few new materials. The exterior is covered in naturally waterproof larch wood, which is known for its durability and attractiveness.
Baskets are labeled with wooden tags to serve as both recycling bins and catchalls for toys, shoes or tools in the laundry room and mudroom of HGTV Green Home 2010. A four-foot work island is topped with quartz and features an oversized farm sink with sliding hardwood cutting board.
The minimalist design of this living room is highlighted by its use of open floor space, with a wall of bookshelves elevated by steel pipes. Reclaimed wood flooring connects with the wood ceiling and gives a nod to the home's sustainable design. The homeowner, a professor of environmental studies, requested a home that runs on solar power, recycles gray water and captures rain water in cisterns. All interior doors are built from recycled flooring.
This small wet bar features rich woods with custom cabinetry for storage space. A recycled gray grasscloth wall serves as a background for bold, bright abstract art. In the seating area, leather chairs sit upon a soft and luxurious hide rug. A small table of black granite and brass provides a convenient spot for placing drinks.
The chandelier in this dining area is made of recycled cider jugs; photo murals on the walls depict the roofscapes visible through these second-story windows. Exposed ductwork keeps with the urban feel of the downstairs, and the use of rustic wood gives the space a sense of authenticity and warmth.
The owners of this home are very eco-friendly, so designers helped them cater their backyard design around their passions. Though the furniture frames look as if they are made of wood, they have been crafted from crushed, recycled paper and tires, helping to reduce the home's footprint.
This rustic master bathroom offers a luxurious soaking tub with lots of natural light. The dual vanities are surfaced in a light marble, offering contrast in the space. The hardwood floors are recycled barn boards creating continuity throughout.
Recycling isn't just for cans. This mantel and fireplace were designed and constructed completely from reclaimed wood, adding an element of comfort and drama, while staying consistent with the rustic, shabby chic feel of the space.
To give a California ranch-style home a fresh, modern twist, designer Kristianne Watts used a mix of materials in the kitchen. “On the island we used reclaimed boat wood from Indonesia. With the original paint still on each plank, it brings an authentic feel to the space,” she says. “The raised bar is Portland cement, which can be broken and recycled. The countertops are a quartz from Silestone/Cosentino. The custom cabinetry on the perimeter is an environmentally friendly wood veneer, FSC-certified Shinnoki pre-finished wood panels in Midnight Ash.”
Several eco-friendly materials went into the design of this contemporary home office, including high-recycled-content carpet tiles from Bolyu, zero-VOC paints and FSC-certified wood planks. A bright yellow chair serves as a cheery focal point for the space, standing out from the neutral cabinets and shelves illuminated with under-cabinet LED lights.