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.

Useful Contacts

Somerset Wood Recycling:
Recycled Building Products Network:
For a list of reclamation yards in your area:
Divert aggregate from landfill sites by buying recycled:


Words: Dominic Murphy
Picture: somersetwoodrecycling.cuk

Useful Tools

firsttime tradefinder mortgagecalc

Latest Press Releases

Latest Products, Services and Tradesmen from our Trade Finder

Expert videos

expert video2 2