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Naturally Green

Author: Roberta Landman
Issue: August, 2011, Page 42


From aged-looking wooden ceiling beams and floors, to rock-faced fireplaces and landscape boulders, the trend in Southwestern homes is to use stone and wood in plentiful amounts, decorative ways and with an eye toward environmental responsibility.

Telluride Natural Stone and Reclaimed Wood, a Scottsdale company, has made supplying these sustainable products its specialty. Wood is reclaimed from such structures as old barns and warehouses across the country, and most of the firm’s stone is quarried in Telluride, Colo., says sales coordinator Rachel Bosell. Pictured here is a two-story residence clad in the company’s stone.

To see other examples of products, visit the showroom or yard. For information, call (480) 398-2999, or check out


From Watermark Designs, the Brooklyn Collection of faucets, showerheads and other bath accessories was inspired by the mid-20th-century industrial gate valves and garden hoses commonly used throughout New York City.

Made from solid brass and manufactured in 35 finishes, the faucets and showerheads are available with aerators that reduce water flow to 1.5 gallons per minute. In addition, the products are AB 1953-compliant. This means brass parts that carry water are produced following requirements for preventing lead—which can have adverse effects on health—from leaching into drinking water.

The collection can be obtained through R&R Wholesale Plumbing in Scottsdale, (480) 991-9624.

Planning a green remodeling project? Check The National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s website——for informative articles and case studies of renovation projects.
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