Lately, I’ve come across several inspirational stories of people building homes or other structures with reclaimed materials—materials that would have otherwise been hauled away to a landfill.
Some common materials include wood from old barns that were being torn down, wooden beams, old sinks or bathroom fixtures, bathtubs, windows, bricks, and rock or cement pieces. When building with such materials, you not only save money, but you can also feel a sense of history in what you’re creating. In the photo above, the kitchen counter was hand-built using reclaimed wooden blocks.
The story of Guy and Kay Baker is especially impressive. This Alabama couple built their family’s home—a gorgeous cabin in Alabama—using almost entirely reclaimed materials. Guy had long had a fascination with the antique building materials he saw while working on tear-down buildings in the area. He was impressed with the materials’ quality and durability. He saw the antiques he’d collected as heirlooms of a bygone era that valued craftsmanship over speed.
Read the Bakers’ story and learn about the many different kinds of reclaimed building materials you can use in The Joys of Building a Home Together.
For resources on where to find reusable items, visit Build or Remodel with Salvaged Materials.
Photo by Michael Shopenn