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How to Include Reclaimed Materials in Your New Home

How to Include Reclaimed Materials in Your New Home

Adding reclaimed materials to your new home is a simple way to add character and help the environment at the same time. Consider incorporating one of these popular trends to enhance your new home.

Create a Focus Wall

Your guests won’t be able to take their eyes off the focus wall you create from pieces of old wood. Using a variety of sizes, shapes, textures, and colors adds interest to any room and is an inexpensive way to make your new home stand out.

Recycle Old Hardware

Reclaimed doorknobs, hinges, cabinet pulls and other pieces of hardware give your new home a lived-in look. You’ll find old hardware at garage sales, thrift stores, and stores that specialize in reclaimed products. Sometimes, finding reclaimed hardware requires a little flexibility. You may need to spend $5 on an ugly nightstand you don’t really want just to get those vintage drawer pulls.

Add a Barn Door

Barn doors are extremely popular, particularly if you’re planning to create a rustic feel in your new home. Unlike hinged doors, these doors slide on a track and conveniently move out of the way when you don’t need them. A barn door can be a functional addition to your new home or serve as a nonfunctional design element. 

Buy Restored Kitchen Appliances and Fixtures

If you’re creating a mid-century modern look in your new home, it only makes sense to choose appliances and fixtures that fit your theme. Salvage yards and garage and estate sales are great places to find sturdy old ranges, light fixtures, sinks with attached drain boards and vintage refrigerators. In some cases, you’ll have to spend a little to repair broken appliances.

Build with Reclaimed Bricks or Woods

Old homes offer a wealth of building materials, including wood, stone, and bricks. When they’re torn down, these materials often end up in a landfill. But savvy builders, designers, and homeowners are finding new uses for these new items. Add a reclaimed brick surround to a fireplace or use wood planks rescued from an old farmhouse to disguise a bulkhead.

Get Creative with Reclaimed Items

Look beyond the intended uses for materials to create unique furniture and design accents. The floorboards from the old high school gym will make a sturdy kitchen table or end table. Everything is digital in most libraries these days, but that doesn’t mean that card catalog cabinets don’t have any value. Add them to the kitchen to hold your spices, or place them in your hobby room to hold supplies.

Cheat a Little

Sometimes the cost of an item or the effort to restore is more than you expected. There’s no reason you can’t take advantage of building materials, fixtures, and appliances that merely look old. Ancient ranges can be unreliable. The last thing you want to worry about when you’re hosting a dinner party is whether your baked chicken will still be raw when it emerges from the oven. Plenty of online and brick-and-mortar stores offer vintage-looking products. Buying these items can add interest to your luxury home without straining your decorating budget.

Need a few design ideas for your dream home? Stop by the Saddlebrook Design Center to learn about the various upgrades available for your house.

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