When a house or building is torn down, the leftover materials aren't just carted off to the dump — they're often collected by salvage companies and sold to the public for dirt cheap prices, meaning you can get extremely high quality materials and fixtures for use in your home or creative projects. Here are our tips for locating your neighborhood salvage center.
Our local salvage company The ReBuilding Center offers a huge variety of wood, doors and windows, appliances, fixtures of all types and more. Other companies specialize in interesting architectural elements, or specialty items like vintage doorknobs, and many are non-profits as well.
Seek out what your city has to offer and find some incredible materials just waiting to be put to re-use. You'll be able to incorporate a bit of local history into your home, for a fraction of the cost of a brand-new piece of wood, door or other treasure.
Use these common keywords to search for materials in your city:
- Used building materials
- Remodeling materials
- Reclaimed wood
- Architectural salvage
- Surplus building supplies
- Seconds materials
Be sure also to check out our just-updated list of Best Salvage Shops 2011: Coast to Coast.
If you're doing some renovating or tearing down, consider contacting your local salvage business to see if they offer pick-up services; many will bring a truck and haul away your materials at no cost.