Thinking about building or remodeling with less money and reused building materials- maybe salvaging and even dumpster diving? I can attest you can save a lot of money by using reclaimed building materials. The best part about reusing is not only are you saving the environment-landfills – you can also create a unique eco-friendly home!
Where to Find:
- For a list of your local reclaimed building materials outlets you can click on any state on my sidebar, which will give you local listings. (Salvage or Reclaimed Resources)
- Google alert yourself with key words. (i.e. reclaimed pine wood floor in Tucson, AZ- salvage wood floors in Tucson, AZ)
- Keep checking Craigslist (www.craigslist.com) and Giving Away (www.givingaway.com) for building materials and Planet Reuse-(www.planetreuse.com) as well as Salvo Web (www.salvoweb.com)
10 Tips To ReUsed Building Materials
- Make sure you have room to store
- Make a list of things you want-wish-need to buy for the house. Keep measurements of house space and space of wanted salvaged items.
- Make a list of types of materials you do not want- it will weed out what not to buy.
- Keep a list in car and by the computer (for online searching)
- Inspect- Inspect and Inspect again
- Inspect every aspect of the material- make sure if damaged if you can repair,
- If you are using a builder or a handyman- make sure they understand what you are trying to achieve. They might have to be re-sizing to make fit- Some may not have the skill set to do that or may not want to.
- When buying reclaimed wood for floors, walls or to make cabinets, make sure they have been dry stored. Leave in the home a few days before usage (floors)
- When buying used tiles and bricks- double check the bases (may have concrete attached) and the depth. Mixing and matching sizes and depths can lead to uneven surfaces.
- When buying reclaimed sinks, iron radiators- make sure there are no cracks!