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Recycled materials and reclaimed items; how to achieve a great result while giving the planet a helping hand

We all know that it is a good idea to recycle as much of our waste as we can, but have you ever thought about recycling materials to use within your home? Even new build projects can use recycled materials, and not only is this good for the environment, it can also help you to create a unique finish to your home that won’t be found in any other home.

Eco-friendly design and building

You can begin to think about using recycled materials from the planning stage of your new house build or renovation project. You may not be aware but many of the basic materials used can come from recycled sources such as plasterboard, wood, plastics and aggregates. There is even a cement replacement, which can be made from recycled materials such as pulverised ash and ground blast furnace slag.

Install reclaimed wood floors

To create a unique atmosphere in your home, reclaimed wood is ideal. It has a homely, cosy, and traditional feel.

Reclaimed slates and roof tiles

If you have an old building, especially a heritage project, reclaimed slates and tiles can be ideal, enabling your roof to blend in perfectly with the other buildings in the area. Such tiles are long-standing and durable, and should remain in good condition for at least 50 years.

Build a new patio

When it comes to large areas like patios, the cost of bricks and paving stones quickly rise. You can save a considerable amount of money if you use second-hand pavers or bricks. You will find a decent selection of these materials at many salvage yards. A patchwork of paving stones will create an attractive mosaic-like pattern, which will look amazing in any outside space.

Reclaimed furniture and other items

If you are thinking about the design of a new home or have been planning a renovation recently then you may have heard the term “reclaimed items” a few times in design magazines and publications. This term is used to described recycled materials that are re-used to make statement design pieces. With international focus being placed on our environment, reclaimed items are hot property and so they are much easier to find when designing your building project.

Reclaimed wood is one of the most common materials recycled into new forms and furniture. Old pieces of wood are recycled and made into furniture or features in the home and create unique piece that cannot be recreated, one of the reasons they are so popular right now.

Sash windows

Sash windows have long been popular. You can use recycled wood for this style of window, and it is also possible to keep your original frame, meaning less material is wasted. Sliding sash windows offer exceptional levels of functionality, versatility, energy efficiency, and safety and security. They are also easy to maintain too.

Whether you’re looking to renovate a space you already own, or are planning a new build entirely, considering reclaimed and recycled materials will not only give you a unique look and feel, but you’ll be doing your bit for the planet too!

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