Somerset, UK - Passionate about reuse and green building? Then the reuse of reclaimed wood or antique lumber is ideal. Reusing wood preserves natural resources and reduces landfill. But at the same time it also provides character as the wood is weathered with varied texture. It can also show marks from its past life. The use of reclaimed wood has increased in popularity as home owners love the sense of history and the fact that it is a greener choice. Freshome, the US weblog devoted to uncovering (and sharing) the latest and greatest products in architecture and design, says reclaimed wood can cost less than new - 'up to 50% less than new wood that has been milled, marked and made to look old.'
The blog also suggests ideas on how to reuse wood for home projects. There are some lovely examples from a reclaimed wood home office, ceilings, kitchens, bathrooms, stairs, walls, doors, mirrors and of course furniture.
Reclaimed wood is also strong and durable and can be used for an outdoor building and it does not have to be painted. The weathered appearance beautifully adds to the landscape unless you prefer a painted look. Indoors too reclaimed wood floors also provide a denser and stronger surface than freshly cut wood which is especially useful in a kitchen where things are often dropped or spilt. The blog also recommends reclaimed wood, such as an old butchers block, can make a durable kitchen work surface. It can cope with plenty of pounding and heavy pans. Reclaimed wood is also a good choice for homes with younger children because reclaimed wood cupboards, doors and furniture can withstand rougher treatment and you do not have to worry so much about marks.
Further inspiration and advice on using reclaimed wood can be found by visiting an architectural salvage yard. Find your local one on the SalvoWEB directory or find reclaimed wood for sale on SalvoWEB UK or US. Craftspeople working with reclaimed wood can be found in the Salvo directory.
Schiller's Architectural Design and Salvage
Freshome: Sustainable Style : Rebuilding or Renovating Your Home with Reclaimed Wood
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