Thanks to savvy dealers, demolition experts and everyday folks who rescue building materials, furnishings and plumbing fixtures from homes being demolished, there’s a good supply of valuable recycled lumber and other home building materials ready to be recycled and reused.

Here are a few resources for cutting project costs as you create and improve using reclaimed lumber and building materials.
 
  • Architectural salvage yards: Modern green-building principles meet the architecture of the past in these gardens of historical finds. Take a stroll through a dealer’s offerings, and you may find replacement hardware, a period-correct fixture or an amazing garden Reclaimed Lumber for Home Improvementornament. Salvage gurus travel far and wide to collect the nearly-priceless artifacts that renovations and demolitions leave behind, and their breadth of knowledge is as valuable as their road stories are amazing. Visit the online yards of Ohmega Salvage and Recycling The Past to get a coast-to-coast feel for the latest in salvage finds, and then dig in with a visit to your local dealer.
  • House-part recycling centers: Less-glamorous but equally usable items like cabinets and flooring are available from house recycling centers. Contractors and homeowners often donate excess new materials and remodeling cast-offs for recycling by others. Several of these centers also extend the goodwill by donating some or all of their profits to support needed services and green endeavors in their communities.
  • Online classifieds: Be sure to browse online destinations like Craigslist for local deals and steals. You can find everything from new entry doors to railroad ties for landscaping projects among the listings, and with a careful, common sense approach, arrange to purchase and pick up items in record time.
  • Internet-based boutiques: Other online collectives like Etsy feature a number of independent vendors offering great vintage furnishings, fixtures and fittings alongside original art and handcrafts. Reclaim an Eames-era chair for your remodeled living area and accessorize with a nouveau-retro, artist-signed print all in one stop!
Combine a limited home improvement budget with a desire to go green and you’ll soon discover many ways to use recycled lumber and other reclaimed materials to save big on your next home improvement project project.