Recycled & reclaimed materials

 
Recycled building materials
Finding used building materials on classified lists and through online brokers. When buildings are decommissioned there can be a lot of valuable materials that could be used again, but when buyers can’t find sellers, otherwise usable materials are being sent to a land fill. There is...
Choosing between renovating and rebuilding
Whether a house is worth rebuilding or is better torn down takes considering a lot of factors. . This very question comes up a lot for me during site consultations with clients. Some people buy an old home, maybe inherit an old home, or are just tired of living in an old home and...
Shipping container home
Living in a recycled shipping container house is not all its cracked up to be. Here is a look at the ups and downs of this housing trend. . Shipping container houses are gaining popularity globally and are seductively attractive with their modern looking lines, colours and shape...
Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled building materials can add character to a home while you save money and reduce building waste in landfills. . The cost of every item we purchase is determined in part by the price of oil. This includes products that are in no way petroleum based, since material extraction...
Diving to retrieve sunken timber from the log drive
Salvage companies are pulling up logs from the bottoms of rivers, where a century and a half of log drives has left behind a lot of great wood. As a kid growing up along the Gatineau River in Quebec, watching tugboats pulling log booms down the river was commonplace, and logs that got...
Recycling building materials
Sensible design, material re-use and using recycling centers can reduce what you send to a landfill. The best way to reduce waste is to plan ahead to keep it at a minimum; here are some suggestions on how you can do...
Installing recycled drywall in the Edelweiss House
Drywall may all look the same sitting in stacks in the store but they are very different in performance, strength and ecological impact.   There is a lot more to choosing drywall than one might think, and as it finds its way into pretty much every building made, a lot of...
This conference will help to accelerate waste solutions in Ontario by promoting successful waste reduction and diversion strategies. The 1st Zero Waste Conference will be held in the Sunshine City on August 10 and 11, 2014.  This one-day forum and evening gala at Lakehead...
"The Boneyard" in Arizona, the world’s biggest aircraft graveyard
Decommissioned aircraft getting second life as recycled metal is used as exterior cladding. They might be parked a little more precisely than an auto wrecking yard, but that doesn’t mean they will ever fly again. Decommissioned aircraft have been declared so, because they have...
building with recycled shipping pallets
built with 105 recycled shipping pallets, this innovative structure by b sq. Design Studio Inc. included walkways, a playhouse, a water feature, and vertical herb gardens that delighted visitors at the flower and garden festival. b sq. Design Studio Inc. is a Toronto based landscape...