Reclamation

Decorate with salvaged fittings and recycled materials for an eco-conscious approach

Reclamation

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.

PROS

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.

CONS

Reclamation or ‘vintage’ is fashionable, with prices to match.

Useful Contacts

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
Picture: somersetwoodrecycling.cuk


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