Reclaimed Materials – What They Are And Their Uses Today

Reclaimed materials can be anything at all, from old doors and windows from abandoned buildings to bits of scrap metal. You could think of it, I guess, as recycling on a different level. All building components, metal, glass, wood, fabric and brick can be salvaged from buildings which are scheduled for demolition and reused. Many of the original features, fireplace mantels or wood trim, are much more elaborate and better quality than their equivalent made today. Of course reproductions are plentiful, but I love the idea of taking something old and using it in a new and perhaps different way.

Long before recycling as we think of it today was fashionable, husband’s grandfather dealt in scrap metal. He retrieved all kinds of metal that was being discarded and sorted it out into different elements before heading off to the scrap yard to sell it. Once, when the electric company decided to get rid of some copper wire he bought it and my husband and his cousin were persuaded to remove the coating by burning it off so it could be sold. These days many people deal in scrap metal. Every spring our town has a special clean up day when you can put out of all kinds of junk and get it picked up. It’s a great opportunity to clear an attic or cellar and have stuff taken away at no charge. During the last several years, the scrap metal “pickers” have been first on the scene, long before the garbage trucks come to take it away for recycling.

I think it is very unfortunate that we live in such a throw away age and it really breaks my heart when beautiful old buildings are torn down to make way for shopping centers or parking lots. Latterly, architectural salvage has become increasingly popular and salvage companies bid on old doors, windows, trims, and architectural elements and take them away before demolition begins. Things such as old bricks, slate roofing, and floorboards can be reused in new construction and are especially in demand when restoring older homes.

The last repurposing project I undertook was a huge bone of contention between my husband and me. An old slate sidewalk in front of the building where I worked was being torn up and I thought it would look nice at our house so asked if I could have it. The construction foreman said he would keep it for me. Unfortunately, I did not realise how thick the slate was and it turned out that each piece weighed easily300-400 pounds. My husband asked a few strong friends to help him and they loaded it onto our pickup. It was so heavy that they could only take a few pieces at a time. When we eventually got it home laying it was another challenge, but we succeeded and it looked wonderful. It took a year before my husband finally admitted that it had been a good idea. What can I say? Thankfully he is a patient man when it comes to me and my repurposing projects.

Reclaimed materials can be used both in new construction and for carrying out restoration projects and most major urban areas have a salvage company or two or a re use it center. This way you can not only have little bit of history in your home but you can often save money as well when you use reclaimed materials.






 

Building Salvage News:

 

Artist who painted Wilkinsburg house raises funds for 'gentle demolition' - Tribune-Review

Artist who painted Wilkinsburg house raises funds for 'gentle demolition'
Tribune-Review
Seeking an alternative, she gathered friends who work with reclaimed materials and pitched her gentle demolition concept. They decided that with time, planning and money, it could work. EURśAs it stands, it's not a very useful structure,EURť said Justin .

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2014 Pritzker Prize Winner Acclaimed for Using Recycled & Reclaimed Materials - waste360

2014 Pritzker Prize Winner Acclaimed for Using Recycled & Reclaimed Materials
waste360
Shigeru Ban Architects of Tokyo has been named the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate for designing projects using recycled and reclaimed materials, including paper. Ban, who is 57, is the 37th recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. He .

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Renovating Old Main
Were nearing completion on a lot of the structural steel work inside that was required both to accommodate the new design and to shore up the building so it can last for decades to come. Theyre already framing a lot of interior walls and nearly are done with sheet rock work.EURť..


Despite efforts to salvage partially collapsed church building, its set to be torn down
KANSAS CITY, Mo. EUR” Nearly three weeks after the collapse of the Rio De Agua Viva Church, heavy construction surrounds the scene. We last heard the city and structural engineers were working together trying to salvage whats left of the building. Turns out that wasnt in the cards, and the church will be torn down. [EUR¦]..


Big Fresno Fair to become home of Fresno courthouse museum
April 7, 1966. To many longtime Fresno residents the day demolition started on the 90-year-old Fresno County Courthouse is a day that will live in infamy...


Putin Prays for Soldiers - Guardian Liberty Voice

Guardian Liberty Voice

Putin Prays for Soldiers
Guardian Liberty Voice
Putin has recently hinted that he views Ukraine not as a state, but as a territory of Russia, and some say this means that he believes Ukraine is subject to being reclaimed. Even while Putin prayed for his dead soldiers, Ukraine's prime minister .

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Gaza attacks triggers Israeli exodus from border
Palestinian relatives salvage belongings from the rubble of a three-story building belonging to. Palestinians inspect the damage of a Rafah commercial center after an Israeli strike in Rafah, in. A Palestinian walks amid the rubble of a destroyed house after it was hit by an Israeli strike in...


Why BeeUrban's hives are creating a buzz across the capital - The Guardian

The Guardian

Why BeeUrban's hives are creating a buzz across the capital
The Guardian
She is now an active BeeUrban volunteer and helped to source many of the reclaimed materials from local business to complete the wooden structure and kit it out, from the insulation, to the furniture and even the coat hooks. Empty hexagonal-shaped .

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Staten Island Makerspace teams with NYC Parks to collect 'Junk' for Freshkills . - Staten Island Advance - SILive.com

Staten Island Makerspace teams with NYC Parks to collect 'Junk' for Freshkills .
Staten Island Advance - SILive.com
. NYC Parks is joining forces with S.I. Makerspace from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, to build solar powered robots out of recycled/reclaimed materials at 450 Front St. (entrance on Thompson Street) in Stapleton. The workshop is open to the public and .

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