Even though economists now say that the economy is improving, it is still hard for many of us to tell a difference in our incomes. This makes it particularly hard to undertake a remodeling project, as building materials are expensive. Some clever and frugal homeowners are learning, however, the value of incorporating salvaged and/or recycled building materials into their home remodeling projects, and you can too. What’s more, the tips that follow will allow you to save money while being environmentally-conscious in the process. Remember that every piece of material that is kept out of our overburdened landfills helps the planet to breathe easier.
Locating Salvaged Materials for Use The hardest aspect of incorporating salvaged and/or recycled building materials into a project may be locating them. Rest assured, though, that the trend is picking up speed and more and more people are getting on board. This will make it easier in the future for folks all around the country to find salvaged material for use.
The best places to locate these types of materials may be remodeling companies that are located in your community. They many times will have building materials that are in great condition that have been removed from homes that they are working on. Sometimes these materials are bound for the landfill, and you may actually be doing the contractor or company a favor by taking it off their hands. Check with these types of companies first. New home builders may have rough construction materials that they are discarding from jobsites, typically found in dumpsters near the site – and since many contractors have surprising criteria for declaring material ‘scrap’, you may find a lot of treasures there. (Always ask first, though).
Restores are retail outlets that are operated by the national charity Habitat for Humanity. If your neighborhood has a Restore, be sure to check with them for great building materials that are donated from various sources. You will not only be saving money, but you will also be helping to support a worthy cause; Habitat for Humanity helps to build homes for disadvantages people.
The Internet is an additional source that can be tapped for locating salvaged or recycled building materials and supplies. Check sites like CraigsList.Org where people are often selling off materials (or even sometimes giving it away for free) that they have leftover from construction projects. Many people may also be selling their old supplies because they have renovated. For instance, if you’re looking for fencing, you might be surprised to find that someone has replaced a fence and is giving away their old one. Check other Internet message boards for your community, and don’t overlook auction sites like Ebay.Com. Check for local Ebay listings that feature a ‘pickup only’ icon to avoid excess shipping on supplies on your list.
And last of all, scout out your own home for recycled or salvaged materials that you can repurpose for some other good use. For instance, do you have old wooden siding lying around that you can bring inside to create a rustic country living room? Or how about using old kitchen cabinets in the workshop or utility room instead of pitching them to the curb? When repurposing, it is important that you keep your mind open to new ideas; that old iron gate out back can easily become an innovative wrought iron decor that will accentuate a corner or wall in your home.
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