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Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...materials becomes greater all the time. And that is simply considering the direct cost to the consumer; indirectly, the costs are exponentially higher through environmental destruction and the costs that come with it. Depending on the type of product, some used building materials will save you a lot of money and add ...

Jenine Alexander's homemade mobile tiny house
Tiny house

DIY Tiny House for less than $3,500

...materials found on Craigslist and salvaged from the landfill, Jenine Alexander built herself this super affordable Tiny House. Since first building this sweet little home on wheels, she has actually completed two more. If you're interested in DIY Tiny House projects, be sure to check out her blog where she writes about...

Recycled building materials
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Where to buy and sell used building materials

...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 a growing amount of used building materials that can be found at online classified websites such as Craigslist and Kijiji , but finding what you are looking for can be very hit and ...

Cutting a 110 year old dying pine tree.
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

The rise of urban logging

...materials rather than landfill. It won't necessarily save or make you money, but you can at least know your tree went to good use. Brian and Chairman Meow © Colleen Mahoney Finished studio using reclaimed materials and tree milled on site © Colleen Mahoney

"The Boneyard" in Arizona, the world’s biggest aircraft graveyard
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Old airplane fuselage is finding a new life as recycled building material.

...materials. © Bio-Luminum CoveringsETC is now able to melt the reclaimed aluminum into blocks which are then sliced into tiles much like the way a quarry would slice stone. This procedure produces a very distinct, almost industrial aesthetic to the aluminum tiles. Arizona hosts the biggest ai...

Bathroom with refinished claw foot tub and barn board trim in a home c
Materials and resources

Finding environmentally friendly materials

...materials you’ll find, are the ones that have been used before. There are businesses that specialize in reclaimed materials by purchasing their stock from old buildings being torn down. Light fixtures, bathtubs, bricks, tiles, barn boards, trim, doors, foam panels, the list is endless. You can also check out local cl...

All About Hemp Wood Flooring, How it's Made, Where to Buy?
Flooring and stairs

Natural non-toxic hemp flooring by HempWood & Tennessee Wood Flooring

...materials on the market and why they are sustainable. Hardwood flooring companies will on occasion use wood reclaimed from river beds , recycled barn boards, or renewable building materials such as bamboo, but this hemp flooring from a Tennessee manufacturer - Tennessee Wood Flooring is the first we have come a...

Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams
Wood and organic materials

All about wood

...Reclaimed wood from demolition : there are businesses that specialize in salvaging building materials from demolition projects, then offer them for resale in varying conditions. Shipping pallets: Pallets are pretty easy to come by, in fact many commercial buildings and retailers are happy to get rid of them. They can...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...Reclaimed doors Pros : Reusing materials diverts waste from landfills and reduces manufacturing, shipping and foresting. Depending on the quality and supplier, you may be able to save some money. However the reverse can be true and you might find yourself being charged an 'antique' price, so shop around a bit and l...

Diving to retrieve sunken timber from the log drive
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Reclaiming sunken timber from the log drive

...materials go, it doesn't get much better than this. The end product is of superior quality, and you are essentially cleaning up rivers and saving forests at the same time. And from an historical point of view, there is a Canadian heritage that is being brought to the surface here. Making useful building materials fro...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...materials for the beauty they would bring to the project. The exterior brick comes from a dismantled Windsor, Ontario warehouse. Reclaimed Douglas Fir exposed floor joists, roof rafters, and 2x6 wood decking come from a deconstructed 1940s Ottawa-area air force hanger. Salvaged materials are combined with new factory...