- Location: San Francisco, CA
- Website: buildingresources.org
Building or renovating? Starting with an old house and want to restore its vintage character? Starting with a new house and want to give it some personality? Using recycled or salvaged building materials and other elements can accomplish both objectives and also help you trim your budget.
Building Resources is an excellent place to begin. It's sort of like an organized, sanitized version of the proverbial County Dump. If the Dump offered classes. Their Amador Street location is bursting with useful things they do not picture on their website, like salvaged bricks, flooring, lumber, molding, paving, plywood, siding, steel, tile, trim, vinyl, windows, and wood. There's also an assortment of bathtubs, cabinetry, lighting, and tools, so it can be one-stop shopping if you're looking to outfit a Victorian bathroom.
Yes, the enterprising Salvagists at Building Resources have figured out some other novel ways to collectively rethink our city's detritus: they offer workshops to the public and to institutions on topics like using recycled paving materials in your garden (perhaps that's where the idea for the typography paving stones came from?)
And a little operation within, Red Shovel Glass Company, creates beach-like water-tumbled glass and ceramics from the mounds of throwaway glass out there and resells this material for use in landscaping, mosaics, and floral arrangements. Pretty.