From Dean Dowd on July 11, 2008 in Green Remodeling
Using vintage materials is rewarding for many reasons: it inspires you to get creative, saves you money, and makes the difference between building something new for your home or surrendering potentially useful items into the landfill. If theres an area in your home that needs touching up, consider giving it a characteristic twist with vintage additions that have both history and limitless possibility. Here are some ideas: Vintage Sinks Check cool architectural salvage supply stores like Recycling the Past, which has a kitchen and bath section that includes, among other things, an inventory of classic farm sinks. Also known as apron sinks, the fixtures are recognized for their utilitarian size. Farmhouse sinks are typically deep and can be up to 4 feet long. They come in numerous materials, from stainless steel to copper to clay, and they make a stand-out feature in the kitchen. Sometimes, finding vintage plumbing and other goodies requires having a keen eye. One woman in Everett, Washington found a sink leaning against a fence, only to discover it was a rare, 1920s vintage sink that was still in relatively good condition. The single basin sink is now wall-mounted on her arts and crafts-inspired kitchen: Everett homeowner scores rare find. Plumbing fixtures in general, found at places like Seattle Building Salvage, are great for restoring and reusing. Tile and trimmings Great local salvage yards like Build It Green NYC and Building REsources in San Francisco will have crates filled with neat vintage tiles. You can use the tiles in numerous applications, such as a new tabletop, a decorative border around the fireplace, an accenting feature along baseboards, and much, much more. Also think: shelves, old doors, moldings, windows, mantels. The distressed or more ornamental vintage counterparts can embellish, create contrasts, redefine entryways, and give a room some distinguishing personality. Whether its a stain-glass window from the Victorian era or an intricately carved door casing or even something youve made yourself from vintage soda crates, you are sure to reinvent both the material and the space its used in. Innovative furniture An example? Max, a vintage, cast iron tub sofa. Reestore is a recycling/design business that demonstrates the unexpected, but ingenious designs can come out of mixing and matching. The Max sofas are made from vintage, cast iron baths that are upholstered in fabric. While were at it, you may also consider install salvaged wood flooring to place that furniture on!