Everyone loves photos of homes where the homeowner has loving restored ancient door hinges or used salvaged windows for their period-perfect home. It's one thing to want to reuse, reduce and recycle but have you ever stepped foot inside an architectural salvage store? The process can be intimidating to say the least. Luckily, there are some great Seattle locations that not only have fabulous goods; they will help you figure out what's best for your home.
Second Use opened in 1994 and has more than 20,000 square feet of reclaimed fixtures, plumbing, lumber and other building materials. On their website you can find inspiration by looking at their current inventory and find help by looking at their do-it-yourself guide (like how to shop for salvaged cabinetry). Having someone help you select the best vintage piece for your home could save you a lot of time and effort. Thankfully Second Use has a designer, Kate Joyce, who offers in-store and off-site consultation services to make the most of your project.
Re-Store is another great source for salvage building materials as well as a place to learn. They offer a bevy of workshops for those looking to learn how to use their materials to their full potential and are currently having a Call For Submission for those of you who think you can turn junk into functional design. Their inventory is also a great source of inspiration.
Earthwise Salvage has a fantastic ideas page and, like the above mentioned companies, has an online inventory. All of these companies are dedicated to reusing and reducing and will work with individuals who need to get rid of materials. Many have recycling partners who may accept items that these building salvage stores will not. Check their websites for specific questions or concerns.
Now go get inspired to do some DIYs of your own!
Image credit: Second Use