Decorate with salvaged fittings and recycled materials for an eco-conscious approach
Using reclaimed furniture or green building materials is suitable for a complete renovation or small DIY project. Although prices have soared in recent years, it’s still a surefire way to bring a sense of history and originality to your home.
Original bathroom fittings have a story to tell; reconditioned radiators can cost from around £500; recycled timber has a rustic appeal; original taps can be rechromed to bring back their lustre.
An increasing number of professional- run reclamation yards means that items
such as good-quality floorboards are now easy to source. Some have even diversified into making furniture and doors.
Reclamation or ‘vintage’ is fashionable, with prices to match.
Somerset Wood Recycling: www.somersetwoodrecycling.co.uk
Recycled Building Products Network: www.bre.co.uk/rbp
For a list of reclamation yards in your area: www.salvo.co.uk
Divert aggregate from landfill sites by buying recycled: www.aggregain.org.uk
Words: Dominic Murphy