Recycled Elegance is a guest bath in the same French Normandy home as River of Stone. It gets its name from the green marble used for the star-shaped medallion in the floor and around the boarder, and the back splash for the sink. Originally part of a window seat in the master bath, the green marble was recycled in this project to maintain a tangible connection to the house's original builder. The green marble was of extremely high quality, and it seemed a shame to discard it during the River of Stone remodel. Its high contrast with the surrounding black granite tiles gives the small bathroom a much more elegant feeling, easily bringing up to the standards of the rest of the house.
The basic dimensions of the bathroom were unchanged, although during the remodel, Olson discovered a significant amount of unused space in the wall, and opened it up for a small countertop and cabinets, which really gives the small bathroom a feeling of spaciousness. It is possible that this space was designed to house a heater or laundry chute (even though neither was ever installed), and the builder's reasons for walling this space up remain a mystery.
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