If you want to bring some character into your renovation and save some money – all while reducing waste – here are some great resources for using reclaimed materials.
Reclaimed floors – Real wood floors can be pricey for the best quality, while reclaimed options start around £30/sqm, and you’re unlikely to get as unique a finish without paying for the top end of new wood floors.
Tiles – there’s an abundance of supply now that several companies have started shipping over reclaimed tiles from places like Spain, and finding similar examples in the UK. Tiles require a bit more creativity and planning – and patience – because the amount available will be fixed, so you can only have what is there. So know what amount you need, and be willing to figure out creative solutions! The tiles will be a particular style as their colours will have faded with age, but they are unique and beautiful and if they fit your design aesthetic – or you build your design around them – it will be a special result.
Reclaimed Kitchens – There are some great companies making whole kitchens out of reclaimed units and wood. You can also DIY this with some imagination by finding and repurposing everything from museum display cases to vintage furniture.
Reclaimed wood (general) – If you’re more of a DIY-er, there are several places to get recycled wood and furniture to find your own diamond in the rough and make it shine in your renovation.
Antique fairs – If you’ve got the time, and the eye for spotting a gem among the crowd, there are several well-stocked antique fairs throughout the year in the UK. The key with this and any salvage shopping is to know what will work in your house – from measurements to colours and design style – and what won’t. Here are some resources of fairs and recommendations from people who shop them regularly.
The Classics – Your local charity shop, used furniture shop, Etsy, eBay, Freecycle, Gumtree, Nextdoor – all of these take more research, digging, and patience, but you can still find some pieces of furniture, discarded materials, and more that might be perfect for your space.
House and Garden – Retrouvius Kitchen example
Real Homes – choosing reclaimed wood flooring
Living Etc – making your own furniture from reclaimed wood
Make it Moregeous – blog and Instagram account with tips and workshops on using salvage