Here’s how reclaimed building products can add character and style to your home.
If you’re looking for ways to make your home reflect your personal style, consider using reclaimed building materials instead of new for your next remodeling project. The available materials may surprise you and be just what you’re looking for!
The Case for Reclaimed
Reclaimed or salvaged building materials provide many benefits over buying new. While some people buy them to keep more waste from entering our landfills, others appreciate the character, texture and colors that can only be found in products from yesteryear. Even new, custom-made products have difficulty competing with the charm of a reclaimed farmhouse sink or aged Chicago brick. With reclaimed building products, you can mix and match styles and textures for an eclectic look all your own.
Reclaimed barn wood can be used for a wide variety of home improvement projects. Wide-plank flooring, a backyard fence and even a fireplace mantel take on a distinctive look that can be created only with weathered and distressed wood.
Chandeliers and light fixtures of old are popular once again for their patina, sophisticated style and ornate details. With reclaimed fixtures, you can get the authentic, real deal rather than buying a new product made to look vintage.
Cast iron sinks are nearly indestructible, making them ideal for the salvage market and your kitchen remodel project. At times, you might be able to find a commercial-style, stainless steel sink at a salvage store, which could be just the ticket for a laundry tub.
Nearly every kitchen remodel involves cabinet replacement. While some cabinets that are replaced get hung in garages or laundry rooms, a good share of them are also available for purchase, and they can be refinished to fit your décor perfectly. Look for cabinets that are solid wood for the best structural integrity and longevity.
Keep in mind, you may not always pay less for these vintage products, so cost should not be a consideration for buying. A classic claw foot tub or dainty pedestal sink comes at a price. As reclaimed building products gain popularity, the prices will continue to increase, while availability for select items may decrease. As you might expect, available products and styles change frequently. If you don’t find what you want one week, try again the next.
To find reclaimed building materials, check out Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore locations, which sell both new and gently used building materials at a discount – with the proceeds helping fund the local Habitat affiliate’s building projects. Online marketplaces such as PlanetReuse.com and eBay may also be helpful.
Happy hunting from all of us at Heat & Glo.