Surplus, Salvaged and Green Building Materials

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doorPlanning a weekend home improvement or remodeling project?  It’s a perfect opportunity to use salvaged and surplus building materials.  Green building warehouses and architectural salvage yards are popping up across the country and are full of interesting, new and used items.  These building elements have been donated by local businesses and residents, as well as manufacturers with closeouts and overstocks.  Many of these shops are run by non-profit organizations who offer their goods at significantly reduced prices compared to retailers.

Not only will you find all sorts of modern goods, but architectural gems full of character, which can add a unique flair to your home and garden.  You’ll also be doing the environment a favor by keeping useful items out of the waste stream.

Here’s what you’ll find at these discount warehouses:  windows; doors; restored lighting fixtures; vintage ironwork and architectural elements; hardware; furniture; lumber; flooring; fireplace mantles; kitchen & bath cabinets, countertops & appliances;  landscape & hardscape materials; furnishings & accessories; and more.

A few of the organizations listed below even offer free pick-up of items you’d like to donate.  Some of them offer dismantling services for your old home, barn or building.  Others offer home improvement classes and workshops.

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Tag(s): Green Building, Green Furnishings, Greening the Home, Reclaimed Materials


2 Responses to “Surplus, Salvaged and Green Building Materials”

  1. David on September 11th, 2009 11:46 am

    Home Resource in Missoula, Montana is a wonderful place to find historic house parts, salvaged building materials and a great place to donate construction materials.

  2. Building Materials on February 16th, 2010 6:45 pm

    We get from time to time historical building materials.

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