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 reclaimed lumber and other home building materials ready to be recycled and reused.
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!