Before You Remodel: Think Second-hand First

From on June 30, 2008 in Green Remodeling

salvage woodWith growing shortages of building materials, preservation of natural resources is becoming increasingly important. Eco-conscious contractors and homeowners are continually on the lookout for green alternatives.

This mindset led to the creation of Planet Reuse, an online classified service highlighted in this article: Classified for Reused Materials. Planet Reuse and other services like them, allow anyone to try to sell their unwanted building materials. Buyers are able to find unique products at discount prices, while recycling products that would otherwise go to waste. Not only does it reduce the amount of landfill waste, but it also reduces the consumption of new resources. Many of these products are in very good condition, and there is no reason why they can’t look spectacular in your home. Choose from everything from furniture to bathroom appliances to rustic timber.

Although it seems like a fairly new concept, reusing building materials is a large and organized movement. The Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA) is a non-profit organization devoted to furthering this cause, and their site offers some helpful links and information to assist you further.

If you are planning a building or renovation project, check out some of these sites and see what treasures you can find. Who knows, you might save some money at the same time! Request free no-obligation estimates from licensed remodeling contractors in your area today to install your new products.