With the help of Patricia Gaylor, a local interior designer who specializes in green projects, the Beckelmans sought out handsome, long-lasting materials, while avoiding the usual bigger-is-better approach to renovation. "By choosing wisely, and limiting the scope of the project, they were able to get what they wanted," says Gaylor. Keeping the room's existing 6-by-10 footprint and the same fixture placement meant no plumbing lines would need to be moved. That allowed the couple to splurge on a stylish concrete-and-recycled-glass countertop and a custom vanity made from sustainably harvested cherry.
Shown: The made-to-measure concrete countertop has flecks of pale green recycled glass. Faucet and towel ring by Newport Brass