bathroom countertop with faucet
Photo: Stephen Karlisch
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Design with Pleasing Finishes

"Green architects and builders often go out of their way to incorporate beautiful details because people are most likely to care for buildings that they love," says architect David Webber. "This lessens the chance that the structures will be torn down and replaced." The bathroom countertop and tub shelf, also made of IceStone, the material used in the kitchen, complement the clean white handmade tiles. Only half the usual clay goes into these tiles; the rest of the mix is crushed bottle glass and granite dust left from an asphalt company's rock-crushing operation. The company once dumped the stuff into a canyon, so diverting the material into tiles protects the canyon as well as the area where clay is mined.

Bathroom tile from Fireclay Tile
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