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Andi’s Kitchen: Cabinet Shopping Renovation Diary | Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy has a nice little ongoing feature called Renovation Diary. It’s a great place to find inspiration and possibly even learn something. Segment 6 is all about cabinet reuse. Enjoy!


Week 3 of construction was less exciting than weeks 1 & 2 — in a good way. On the weekend I visited the architectural salvage yards in Berkeley: Ohmega Salvage and Urban Ore. I was hunting for a vintage hutch, buffet, or piece of cabinetry that could serve as a pantry, with open storage for our dry food, as well as a pastry-making station. This older piece is important because it will bring character and provenance to a room full of IKEA cabinetry (which I happen to like, but in a different way).



via Andi’s Kitchen: Cabinet Shopping Renovation Diary | Apartment Therapy.

StageWest Theater Company

Architectural salvage and reuse centers are trending as event venues.  From weddings to now balls,  salvage as scenery is broadening beyond reuse issues.

We welcome this trend, the atheistic possibilities are boundless and the exposure is great! It’s also an excuse to party people (like we need one).

Food, drinks, entertainment and all-around merriment will abound in StageWest’s first ever FOOLS BALL! Join us Friday, April 5 at West End Architectural Salvage 9th and Cherry, Des Moines and support progressive, contemporary theater in Des Moines!For more info, check out our Fools Ball event page!

via StageWest Theater Company.

SA1969 Blog | Making what’s old new again.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

This week we traveled to Arkansas for a salvage project involving two 1890 Victorian houses. These beautiful old houses have been sitting on private property that was recently sold. Both houses are scheduled to be taken down to make room for a private school. When contacted about our interest in the structures, we were thrilled to come to the rescue of the beautiful architectural pieces contained within. This is one of our largest salvage projects to date and several trips will be required to complete this project.

Phase I saw us returning with beautiful solid wood paneled doors, carved fireplace mantels, Eastlake Victorian cast brass door hardware, antique lighting, fencing, gorgeous fireplace tile sets, claw foot tubs and much more. Some of the large architectural pieces have already pre sold to interested buyers on site.

Brunner House - February 2013

via SA1969 Blog | Making what’s old new again..

Artefact Design & Salvage Presents the 2nd Annual Hoist & Haul Event

 Photo: PRWeb

Presenting once in a lifetime deals to match once in a lifetime objects, Sonoma-based Artefact Design & Salvage is cleaning out its veritable museum of curious home furnishing at discounts up to 70%. Artefact, known for its wild home goods gleaned from across the globe, is a designer’s dream with inventory ranging from fossilized giant clams to Indonesian teak rice pounders to recycled glassworks and weathered wood furniture. This inventory will be on display along alongside a special presentation of newly acquired antiques from San Francisco’s Cannery Building and the famed Hearst Collection. Dave Allen, owner and world explorer responsible for this wonderland of decor reasons, “”I want to go into spring with a blank slate, so come help us clear the place out!” says Dave Allen.

via Artefact Design & Salvage Presents the 2nd Annual Hoist & Haul Event.

Salvage yards Sourcing Period Freatures | Period Living

Roger Hunt’s guide to sourcing authentic features. This is a really comprehensive and inspiring article.

Reclaimed chimney pots; Stained glass; Cast iron column radiators

Nowadays a salvage yard can be a first port of call when you’re undertaking a renovation project, offering everything from reclaimed period bricks, tiles, stone, front doors and chimney pots to fireplaces, radiators, baths and sinks, floorboards and flagstones in many period styles.

A Gothic style oak door; Reclaimed handmade bricks and hand-cut York flagstones

via Salvage yards | Period Living.

Relics of Suncoast architectural history available for sale – My Suncoast: Local News

Sarasota Architectural Salvage

SARASOTA – For centuries, people have searched for buried treasure on the Suncoast left here by pirates. We don’t know where that’s buried, but at Sarasota Architectural Salvage, you’ll find a different kind of treasure.

The place is stocked with old items that have survived the wrecking ball to find new life.

Jesse White says he founded Sarasota Architectural Salvage to keep Suncoast history from ending up in the landfill. “Architectural salvage is going into buildings that have been torn down and we do focus on the historical building. We are sort of that place of last resort so these items that are really beautiful and well-crafted don’t end up going to a landfill when they get torn down.”

Inside there are doors, windows, chandeliers, furniture, hardware and room decor. And outside there’s more.

White and his staff travel all over seeking unique items. “I just knock on doors if I see interesting stuff on somebody’s yard, and not a lot of big dogs or a no trespassing sign,” says sales manager Greg Pemberton.

He has more than 25 year’s experience in historic preservation. He’s made some great finds, and some not so great. “There was a stuffed cat one time that I found…I didn’t buy it, of course.”

Many old items are given new life by being recycled into something else. “You can take some of the farm equipment, I have a tractor table, a beautiful red tractor that was just the right height for making into a little side table.”

Don’t miss the rest of the article via Relics of Suncoast architectural history available for sale – My Suncoast: Local News.

Shopping at Knoxville’s Intriguing Salvage Yards » Metro Pulse

Shopping at Knoxville’s Intriguing Salvage Yards

For some time I’ve been meaning to write about three especially thrilling salvage yards in town, their rickety outbuildings and crowded aisles full of history, whimsy, and intrigue. These salvage yards are all are second- and third-generation locally-owned businesses, and all their stock is recycled.

• Knox Rail Salvage is the most popular of the three. It’s bright yellow signs are iconic, especially the yellow-painted tower visible from the Interstate.

Knox Rail was started by Walter Carter and Mike Frazier over 30 years ago, and is still owned by Frazier. Often, shoppers may find Nancy Frazier Harbison, Mike’s daughter, behind the counter at the Fifth Avenue store. The large brick warehouse is busy—a steady stream of customers, and the phone ringing off the hook. The Fifth Avenue store has a hodgepodge of household items and fixtures. It is possible to use it like a Target, and I often do, knocking out a varied shopping list on one trip: door mat, socks, school supplies, birthday party decorations. An especially pleasing find were 1986 paper ALF plates, still in plastic wrap.

Where do they get their stock?

“Everywhere,” Harbison says. “Train wrecks, truck wrecks, fires. It used to be 80-85 percent salvage.”

Now Harbison says it is mostly brand-new “first quality” overstock or overruns.

All the plywood in our renovated house came from Knox Rail’s lumberyard, every piece stamped “REJECT,” but still perfectly usable.

Don’t miss the rest of the article via Shopping at Knoxville’s Intriguing Salvage Yards » Metro Pulse.

Inspired interiors: A renewed interest in what was old for 2013 | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Home and Garden story on an emphasis on renew, redo, recycle, reclaim, etc. There are examples of locals' works at Reclamation (5335 Winthrop Ave), a vintage market and art gallery. Pictured here, manager, Brittany Sowers, points and pretends to shoot one of the more fun handmade items, a ray-gun, made of bits and pieces of other objects, by artist, Steve Stephens. It sells for $65. (Frank Espich/The Star)

This is the year of “re” — renew, redo, recycle. Home furnishings in 2013 will repurpose, reclaim, revamp and reimagine.

A whole new generation of antique lovers has emerged. They’re young, energetic, not hampered by tradition. They don’t worry that a piece of furniture is antique — they change it, saw it, paint it. They update the hardware. They change its use from a record cabinet to a bar or a French hamper to a chandelier.

Take, for example, Susan Van Huss, who has a design studio in an old commercial building on Winthrop Avenue in the trendy area near 54th Street and the Monon Trail.

“As a furniture painting teacher, it tickles me that more and more women (and men) are jumping on the bandwagon to reuse what they already have in their attics, basements and closets — or are finding at fabulous stores.”

Home and Garden story on an emphasis on renew, redo, recycle, reclaim, etc. There are examples of locals' works at Reclamation (5335 Winthrop Ave), a vintage market and art gallery. Pictured here, an overall view of just some of the customized hand painted furnishings from Indianapolis artist, David Marsh, on display in the basement area of Reclamation. (Frank Espich/The Star)

For the Inspired Interiors column, cover of H&G :::: Pictured here, an exterior Reclamation (5335 Winthrop Ave), owned and operated by Elizabeth Brown. The new and bigger location, has 7,000 square feet and 29 vendors and growing.  The fun and hip shop is perfect for last minute Holiday shopping.  Frank Espich/The Star

Home and Garden story on an emphasis on renew, redo, recycle, reclaim, etc. There are examples of locals' works at Reclamation (5335 Winthrop Ave), a vintage market and art gallery. One of the artists, Kim Lohr, reworks used furniture with wonderful painted designs and updated hardware, as seen in this chest of drawers, that goes for $1,850. (Frank Espich/The Star)

via Inspired interiors: A renewed interest in what was old for 2013 | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com.

Derelict Building Grants Program available | News | KMA Radio

(KMAland) — The next round of funding for the 2013 Derelict Building Grants Program is open for applications through February 1st of next year.

Last year, in KMAland, Guthrie Center asked for assistance with asbestos abatement and deconstruction of a vacant commercial building to market the site for future commercial interest. The city, working with an Iowa Waste Exchange representative, was able to locate reuse markets and achieve a diversion rate of 77 percent and a landfill disposal savings of $10,710.

The the program was created by statute to help rural communities with populations of 5,000 or less to deconstruct or renovate abandoned commercial and public structures. It emphasizes reuse and recycling of building items, helps improve street appearance and commercial development, and alleviates the environmental concern these buildings can pose. Financial assistance includes asbestos removal, building deconstruction and renovation, and other inspections and site assessments. A cash match is required.

Funding is awarded annually on a competitive basis. A committee made up of representatives from the Iowa DNR, Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations, Iowa Recycling Association, Iowa Economic Development Authority and Keep Iowa Beautiful selects the projects for funding. The Environmental Protection Commission’s approval is required for all projects costing more than $25,000.

More information about the grant program, application forms, and resources are available here.

via Derelict Building Grants Program available | News | KMA Radio.

Designing a Bath with Architectural Salvage

One room that is perfect for letting your imagination soar when considering recycled materials is the bathroom.

Window frames and casings  aren’t just for windows any longer.  Antique window frames can easily be mounted as shelving and a unique casing works well as a custom mirror frame.


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Newhall Deconstruction Project – Open House and Holiday Party

Newhall Deconstruction Project – Open House

Thursday December 13th – 3:00 PM – 5PM

482 -484 Shelton Avenue, Hamden Connecticut

Urbanminers, LLC of Hamden is proud to announce an open house event at two sites in Hamden, 482 and 484 Shelton Avenue. Urbanminers, in collaboration with Hamden Economic Development Corporation, will deconstruct two uninhabitable homes in Hamden.

Come learn about deconstruction and how it directly impacts you, your community and the future. Joseph DeRisi, owner of Urbanminers, will discuss WHY and HOW the c. 1930 duplex will be deconstructed and how deconstruction is a necessary alternative to demolition. Items in the house will be available for pre-sale before the public to those who attend the open house.

People are invited to review and order materials not yet removed from the house. This may include doors, flooring, appliances or any other piece of the home. Delivery of paid items is available.

This deconstruction project is a part of the Newhall Remediation Project. More information is available at the Hamden Economic Development Corporation website: www.hamden-ct.com

From Shelton Avenue come over to Urbanminers retail store. Everyone is welcome to join the staff at Urbanminers at 30 Manila Avenue in Hamden for a holiday celebration. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Discounts, giveaways and door prizes are part of the festivities. Join us anytime between 5 – 7pm.

For more information, contact Urbanminers at

203 287 0852.

via Newhall Deconstruction Project – Open House and Holiday Party.

Historic Preservation Commission backs effort to create architectural salvage marketplace – Columbia Missourian


COLUMBIA — Stacked in the dark, unheated back room of the Heibel-March building are antique, wavy-glass windows that haven’t been made since the advent of tempered glass.

To the left, a tarp covers a 5-foot-wide pocket door among others that Patrick Earney found from buildings about to be torn down around Columbia. The tarp shifts with a slight touch and water from the leaky roof splashes onto the floor.

The dozens of wavy pane glass windows, wrought-iron balcony railings and plumbing fixtures were collected by Earney, a member of the Historic Preservation Commission, for the foundation of an architectural salvage yard.

The collection of old building parts is being assembled through the Historic Preservation Commission to promote salvage and restoration. People can purchase items and use them in their own renovations. The money would be used to raise awareness to salvage.

“I’ve got to figure out how I can do it in the city,” Earney said. “We can’t be a profitable enterprise. But we can set up a revolving fund so we can have money to help promote salvage. The goal is to use this money to help provide assistance to rehabbers.”

In large cities, architectural salvage yards are often privatized, Historic Preservation Commission Chair Brian Treece said. Often they have gargoyles, windows, doors and other fixtures in large, industrial-sized warehouses.

“It doesn’t seem like Columbia has risen to that scale yet, but we are collecting in a not-for-profit way,” Treece said. Instead, he sees it more as a marketplace exchange. The commission is still evaluating different business models to decide how the yard would be utilized best.

Earney said architectural salvage yards are popular in other cities, but in Columbia there aren’t necessarily a lot of old buildings being taken down. But there’s still a niche for the idea.

“Not everyone can afford to renovate a building. But we are all sensitive to what goes into the landfill,” said Treece said. “If we can keep some of the great old architectural elements out of the landfill, that would be our goal.”

The commission has planned to move what fixtures are at the Heibel-March building on Range Line Street and Wilkes Boulevard. The Columbia Missourian reported the Columbia City Council on Monday will draft an agreement to transfer ownership of the building to Grove Construction LLC.

Earney picked up the architectural salvage yard project from a predecessor with a personal interest in salvage. Earney had begun salvaging items for his own home and had been trading at an architectural salvage yard in St. Louis. Once the restorations for his home were complete, he just began storing the collection in his garage where it grew and grew.

“A person doesn’t need 45 doors,” he said.

The materials now located in the Heibel-March Building came from buildings about to be torn down like an old sorority near Burnam and Curtis avenues in Greektown.

“Me and other people go to the demolition and salvage the architectural elements that would otherwise be demolished,” Earney said.

He found windows that members of the sorority didn’t even know were there because they had been covered up during previous renovations. These windows have wavy glass panes, which are becoming increasingly valuable because they are no longer being made. If the panes are looked at at an angle, the outside world looks distorted.

“It’s the stuff that you can’t replace,” he said.

Supervising editor is John Schneller.

via Historic Preservation Commission backs effort to create architectural salvage marketplace – Columbia Missourian.

Turn waste into wonderful for your home – USA TODAY’s HOME

 Imagine walking on your kitchen’s stone floor each day, knowing that the surface below your feet was worn down over hundreds of years by carts, horses and pedestrians half a world away. Or imagine that the vanity where you get ready for work each morning was crafted from oaking staves once used to flavor wine.

Such is the hidden wonder and appeal of reclaimed materials.

Wynne kitchen cabinets

via Turn waste into wonderful for your home.

‘King of trash’ taking on buildings in Dalton | The Fergus Falls Daily Journal

Darla Ellingson/Daily Journal Greg Peterson has refurbished the Dalton Opera House and is working on three more buildings on Summit street in Dalton.

“I’ve been in trash all my life,” said Peterson with a smile.

Peterson’s dad owned a garbage service in the cities, and that’s where his interest in ‘picking’ treasures grew. After moving to Fergus Falls, Peterson’s collections continued to accumulate while owning the Chopping Block antique store, the Cabinet Connection, and Big Red Boxes which handled mostly construction debris.

He also worked at the OTC Sherrif’s Department and Valley Lake Treatment Center for many years.

Peterson has done most of the structural and cosmetic work himself on the building he has named “The Dalton Opera House.” Originally a multi-use town hall, he picked up the 1902 building for a song.

“I’ll buy anything that’s cheap,” said Peterson, while explaining that he has been working on the Opera House, the adjacent creamery building and two other buildings to the rear of the property in his spare time- with recycled materials of course.

“I just hate to throw anything usable away,” said Peterson.

With humor he tells a story of Jesus being the first recycler.

“You know the story from the bible of the miracle of the five loaves and five fishes, where Jesus is able to feed 5,000 people?” Peterson asks. “Jesus says gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.”

Read this wonderful article via ‘King of trash’ taking on buildings in Dalton | The Fergus Falls Daily Journal.

Growing trend for pop architectural salvage – SalvoNews.com

London West, UK – In last Saturdays Financial Times How To Spend It Marc OFlaherty wrote of the growing popularity for the use of curios with a unique narrative resonance in interior design projects. Designers are seeking out items with a past that create atmosphere hence the demand for salvaged objects. These objects can be useful or decorative but they also add that element of curiosity. Popular items are from previous Industrial or commercial use. Some items can even replace art like an old 1960s sign from a Soho strip joint. M Goldstein describes the sign as being an elegiac piece of social history – certainly a talking point to have on your wall. M Goldsteins pop salvage could be seen in the influential Dover Street Markets window display over the summer.

Many people will enjoy rummaging and falling in love with something and Mark C. OFlaherty in Curiouser and Curiouser gives sources of where to find that special something. Locations from Sunbury Antiques Market in London to Hells Kitchen Flea Market in New York City. He also mentions SalvoWEB as one of interior designer, Russell Sages, favourite hunting grounds. Sage is well known for incorporating quirky elements in his projects. Its seems to all be about enjoyment and giving new life to objects which have a story to tell.Russell Sage Studio

via Growing trend for pop architectural salvage – SalvoNews.com.

desire to inspire – Retrouvius Update

An aptly hilarious quote from Desire to Inspire about a wonderful firm called Retrouvius.

Their aesthetic and love of reclamation really tugs at my heartstrings. I want them to father my design children. And I want founders Adam Hills and Maria Speake stashed away in my back pocket so I can make use of their creativity and ability to find the coolest sh*t whenever I please. Realistically though, how about we all just enjoy some of their latest brilliance. Oh – and they have a book that just came out. (P.S. Can someone please tell me the name of those square uneven tiles in the first several kitchens? I’ve loved those for ages and would love to get my hands on some one day).


via desire to inspire – desiretoinspire.net.

Green News, Education and Current Green Trends – GreenBuilder

This high-end house in Brisbane, Australia is constructed almost entirely from pieces of the structure it replaced.

While the Hill End Ecohouse is a celebration of light and form, it is also a celebration of the old. Buried in a 19th-Century house on the site was a treasure trove of timber, windows, and doors. Emma Scraggs, senior architect–sustainability for Riddell Architecture, along with architect Davide Gole, saved 95% of the original house and artfully wove it into a sleek new three-story home. When the project was finished, just two small skids of non-reusable materials were discarded.

Read the entire article via Green News, Education and Current Green Trends – GreenBuilder.

Lee Broom’s Crystal Bulb Shop Dazzles at the London Design Festival Lee Broom Crystal Bulb Shop – Inhabitat

The fixtures included reclaimed parts of an English pub, previously used for Lee Broom’s highly successful solo show at Milan’s Salone del Mobile.

Read this article via Lee Broom’s Crystal Bulb Shop Dazzles at the London Design Festival Lee Broom Crystal Bulb Shop – Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

Tri-Lox Workshop: Beautiful Brooklyn Design | 2Modern Blog

“Tri-lox is a Brooklyn design + build practice that transforms reclaimed materials into handcrafted furniture, architectural elements, and fine art. Committed to local character, economy, and low energy consumption, Tri-lox approaches the history of materials and contemporary aesthetics with sustainable building practices and fine craftsmanship.

See it all via Tri-Lox Workshop: Beautiful Brooklyn Design | 2Modern Blog.

Sonoran News: The Big Heap features architectural salvage artisan

CAVE CREEK – The Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival, which will be held November 16, 17 and 18, 2012 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., in Cave Creek, north of Phoenix, Ariz., is emerging as one of the most exceptional indie, vintage, modern, industrial and salvaged goods gatherings in the West.

the big heap

The festival will feature many special artisans such as Dave Tolkuhn. After years as a personal trainer, Tolkhun became interested in architectural salvage after creating a piece for a friend from salvage in his grandfather’s barn in Wisconsin.

“It turned out so nice all my friends started asking me to make pieces from junk around their farms” says Tolkuhn. “I was hooked! I started buying the rights to salvage from old buildings that were scheduled for demolition!”

The Big Heap, which is sponsored by the founders of Cave Creek Thieves Market, will be held at 38410 N. School House Road in Cave Creek, Ariz. Admission to the event is $5 for adults and children are free. For vendor information, details and directions, visit: www.thebigheap.com.

Founded in 2008, Cave Creek Thieves Market, LLC’s mission is to provide independent artists and entrepreneurs a marketplace to benefit from their creativity. The market has an expanding focus on handmade and salvaged goods.

via Business News / September 12, 2012 / Sonoran News.

Chicago Architectural Salvage

Chicago-Area Historic Mansion Open for Salvaging Saturday, Sept. 8.

In March, an historic, 9,000-square-foot mansion near Chicago sold for $4.58 million, down from its original asking price of $7.5 million. Saturday, it’ll be stripped of its architectural elements in preparation for demolition.

ChicagoMag.com is reporting this morning that the 18-room, 1896 mansion in Glencoe, Ill., will be open to the public this Saturday for an architectural salvage auction conducted by Murco Recyling, Inc. Jodi Murphy of Murco says that everything in the mansion that isn’t structural is available for auction, including the landscaping. Murco’s website lists these items as just a small selection of what’s available: miles of aluminum fencing; antique wrought iron window boxes & balconies, copper gutters, slate roof, paver driveway.

The home, which began as a smaller farmhouse, was once owned by a Chicago Tribune executive. It features a mix of antique architectural elements – such as hand-carved woodwork – as well as newer features, including a kitchen with an estimated $60,000 worth of appliances.

via Chicago Architectural Salvage.

Architectural Salvage Idea: Old Doors and Vintage Hardware | Archia Homes

Landfills all over the U.S. are overflowing with items that could have been in some way recycled, reused or repurposed. Much of this so-called waste has been generated from residential remodeling projects that were spearheaded with the concept of “out with the old, in the with new”. With a little imagination, one man’s trash can become another’s treasure, making for a beautifully designed home that is green, eco-friendly and sustainable. Here are some ways to make that happen.

An old door can be transformed by sanding out the old paint or stain. It can be either oiled or coated with a polyurethane finish that will maintain it’s old, authentic look. Besides traditional old doors, you can also think outside the box by using old doors to armoires and entertainment centers.

As far as the hardware goes, vintage is the way to go for knobs because most of the older styles are no longer being manufactured. Antique pieces in bronze, cast iron, copper, brass, glass, mineral and other materials can add an old world touch that can’t be compared. Take things a step further by also incorporating vintage pegs and hooks to hang coats at the entry way, or to hang cooking utensils in the kitchen.

For more information about incorporating architecturally salvaged items into your home construction, remodel or restoration, call Archia Homes in Duxbury, MA at 781-934-6141.

via Architectural Salvage Idea: Old Doors and Vintage Hardware | Archia Homes.

The Enduring Fascination Of Architectural Salvage « House Appeal

Salvage found in architectural salvage warehouses are typically elements removed from buildings slated for demolition that often cannot be prevented. Alas, the sad disappearance of vintage structures have found their remnants in this go-green movement of reuse and reclaim! The promotion of reuse of materials and the promotion of restoration is the goal with preserving the history and integrity of the buildings and the jewels that are found within. Inspiration abounds in these warehouses that hold these treasures!

Read the rest of this amazing article via The Enduring Fascination Of Architectural Salvage « House Appeal.

Beautiful Design – New Kitchen and Dining Room Built with Architectural Salvage | Interior Design Files

beautiful design,Kitchen Built with Architectural Salvage,renovating ideas

beautiful design,Kitchen Built with Architectural Salvage,renovating ideas

Architectural historian Joan Lawrence had collected salvaged materials for five years. When she had enough architectural components, architect Dean Brenneman designed the addition for her 1882 Carpenter Gothic house.

beautiful design,Kitchen Built with Architectural Salvage,renovating ideas

beautiful design,Kitchen Built with Architectural Salvage,renovating ideas

beautiful design,Kitchen Built with Architectural Salvage,renovating ideas

beautiful design,Kitchen Built with Architectural Salvage,renovating ideas

beautiful design,Kitchen Built with Architectural Salvage,renovating ideas

via Beautiful Design – New Kitchen and Dining Room Built with Architectural Salvage | Interior Design Files.

Salvage Warehouse plans a comeback with a new plan to reclaim historic Houston buildings – 2012-Jun-27 – CultureMap Houston

Houstonians lost a gem for reclaimed building materials when Historic Houston’s Salvage Warehouse liquidated its inventory and closed its doors last June.

Historic Houston Warehouse, June 2012, windows at warehouse

The Salvage Warehouse first opened in September 2003 under the direction of Lynn Edmundson. Over the course of almost a decade, Edmundson and Historic Houston saved tons of building elements from the landfill, instead selling the salvaged goods to architects, designers, artists, home builders and property owners.

“Salvage Warehouse is a critical component to close the recycling loop,” Edmundson told CultureMap. “You’ve harvested those resources once. Why just throw them away?”

Historic Houston, warehouse, salvage, reclaimed brick

Deconstruction will begin again as soon as Edmundson lines up a steady flow of houses for her crew to work on.

The problem was that Historic Houston offered its deconstruction services to donors for free. The business model wasn’t profitable.

After the Salvage Warehouse closed, the nonprofit continued dispensing City of Houston historic landmark plaques as Edmunson sought a new job and a next step for the Salvage Warehouse.

When Edmundson was approached by a construction company looking for a non-profit partner, she immediately saw the solution.

Under a new model, a third party — at least in the beginning, Edmundson’s new entity called Reclaimed Resources — will do the deconstruction work on behalf of Historic Houston.

The third party will get paid for its services (rates are determined on a case-by-case basis), and the Salvage Warehouse will be utilized as the storefront to sell the items collected in the deconstruction process.

This structure is a win-win for all parties involved: Reclaimed Resources doesn’t want to get into the retail side of the business. Salvage Warehouse will stop undercutting its own market in the complicated and sometimes expensive deconstruction process. Donors will qualify for charitable contribution tax breaks for the gift of reclaimed goods, which often off-sets the cost of deconstruction and subsequent demolition.

Continue reading Salvage Warehouse plans a comeback with a new plan to reclaim historic Houston buildings – 2012-Jun-27 – CultureMap Houston

Adventures in Architectural Salvage! – Midwest Junk


This story starts with a phone call on a Friday morning that involved an old house, architectural salvage, and a scheduled burn. It took me a while to follow along with what was going on, but let me share the basics…a friend of a property owner had intended to pick the architectural salvage out of a mansion of a farmhouse in northeast North Dakota, but that friend was on vacation several states away. There was a bit of panic because just 48 hours after this phone call the local fire department was training in the home and it would be burned to the ground. The scheduled time couldn’t be changed.

“Can you get there? Please?!” the caller said.

The stars aligned with schedules and all of a sudden we had a crew of five would would meet the next morning at 10:30 to start salvaging what we could.

Midwest Junk Picking

Just miles away from our destination after a 2 hour trip, we ran into these clouds (please excuse the bugs – this is a windshield shot!) The mid-90s temperatures and blazing sun fell out of our immediate forecast as the temperature plummeted.

With an eye on the clouds, we followed the directions to the house, but we had no idea what to expect.

What we found was a six bedroom beauty on a beautiful farm yard, it had a fireplace, parlor, pocket doors and amazing woodwork. Someone else had already taken the mantel, the banister and railing (with permission) and many of the door knobs and hardware.

After walking through the house to make sure no one was staying there (it appeared someone had been there) we started in the attic. While we stumbled around in the dark, rain pelted the house, and lightning flashed in every window.

To say it was creepy in that moment would be an understatement.

Read the whole blog post via Adventures in Architectural Salvage! – Midwest Junk.

Two rural salvage dealers turn to writing children’s books – SalvoNews.com

Devon, UK – It is a strange coincidence that two rural architectural salvage dealers have just written books, that both have been published, that their books are children’s books, and that they are both books about domestic animals, one about a dog the other about cats.

via Two rural salvage dealers turn to writing children’s books – SalvoNews.com.

Salvaged lighting fixtures – Boing Boing

So nice to see, Boing Boing featured an item about Salvage!

I wandered into a temporary showroom for Trainspotters in London this weekend; they’re a retailer specializing in salvaged industrial lighting, with a lot of crazy, chunk ex-Soviet numbers. Looks like you have to buy direct from them by phone, and the prices weren’t low, but I’m still cleaning drool out of my shirt from my brief visit. Lovely stuff.

Welcome to Trainspotters, specialist dealers in reclaimed industrial lighting, decorative salvage and interiors. We are based in Stroud, Gloucestershire, where we hold a large stock of industrial and period lighting, salvaged vintage fixtures and 20thC reclamation, from the UK and the former Eastern Bloc. We specialise in sourcing large runs and quantities of retro lighting, making us an unparalleled resource for larger scale commercial projects such as pubs, bars, clubs, shops, restaurants and public spaces. This website is our catalogue and we aim to get all new stock online as soon as it comes into us – we hope you enjoy browsing the site.

Industrial Lighting & Salvage Specialists

via Salvaged lighting fixtures – Boing Boing.

RIVERSIDE: Nonprofit groups to sell Fox theater items | Breaking News | PE.com – Press-Enterprise

Old Riverside Foundation board member Greg Pool moves an old theater window that will be sold at ReStore in Riverside. The city offered the foundation salvaged Fox items, so they’re teaming with Habitat for Humanity to sell it and split the cash.

Stacks of what some people might see as simply old wood-framed windows and doors are a slice of history to the Old Riverside Foundation’s David Leonard. That’s because they came from the city’s Fox theater building.

And because they’re vintage and reusable, Habitat for Humanity’s Kristii MacEwen sees the windows and doors as potential projects such as a garden gate or funky coffee table.

The two organizations have teamed up to sell pieces salvaged from the Fox and adjacent businesses that the city of Riverside recently donated.

via RIVERSIDE: Nonprofit groups to sell Fox theater items | Breaking News | PE.com – Press-Enterprise.

Architectural Salvage and Design | R-Incarnation

Retrouvius, an architectural salvage and design business was founded by partners Adam Hills and Maria Speake. They both studied architecture before starting the business in Glasgow and eventually moving to London. With a motto of “bridging the gap between destruction and construction”, they seek to incorporate some quantity of salvaged material. This is not always easy to spot as it is usually blended with a contemporary feel.

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TNJN – Knox Heritage to host second annual Salvage Show

Knox Heritage will hold its second annual Salvage Show on Friday, April 6 from 6- 9p.m. on the second floor of 36 Market Square. The functional design items were created by nineteen local artists, architects, students, and designers.

The works being exhibited have been made out of architectural salvage from the Knox Heritage Salvage Room in order to promote the creative reuse of historic building materials. Each item uniquely utilizes salvaged items and develops them into something completely different and new. There will be anything from instruments, to benches, to lamps being shown and all items will be for sale.

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Ala. foundation builds architectural salvage business

A doorway and transom light on a 19th century home in New Orleans. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

A doorway and transom light on a 19th century home in New Orleans. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – Decades of local history lie almost forgotten in a warm, musty basement downtown.

Doors that once swung open to show off new bungalows or even mansions are neatly stacked, waiting to be refurbished. Windows that looked out on Huntsville’s evolution from watercress to Wikipedia are piled high, ready to move back out in the sunshine.

At the bottom of a steep staircase, architectural doodads like doorknobs and light fixtures plus more than a century of history fill the dusty basement of Harrison Brothers Hardware on the Courthouse Square.

Access to these treasures was once limited, but now the Historic Huntsville Foundation Architectural Warehouse is open to the public. Warehouse hours are 10 a.m. to noon on the first and third Saturday of each month, other times by appointment.

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Tiger Woods’ Ex-Wife Donates Items From Demolished Home To Charity – Sports News Story – WPBF West Palm Beach


Woods’ ex-wife Elin Nordegren donated items that were salvaged from her $12 million home at Seminole Landing in North Palm Beach.

Dozens of people were waiting outside the Stuart store before the doors opened Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.

“I knew it was going to be crazy when I was on the phone out front yesterday and I saw people on their tiptoes looking over the fence in the back,” said Mike Readling, director of resource development.



via Tiger Woods’ Ex-Wife Donates Items From Demolished Home To Charity – Sports News Story – WPBF West Palm Beach.

Woodworker Preston Browning turns cool salvage into treasures | OregonLive.com

Woodworker Preston Browning turns cool salvage into treasures

Preston Browning’s been immersed in collectibles and architectural salvage most of his life.

Back in his Virginia days, he apprenticed for five years under a conservator who worked in conjunction with the Smithsonian on furnishings ranging from 17th-century Jacobean pieces to the works of Dutch Masters.

“Between him and my mom, who was really a junker, I got schooled,” Browning says, walking through the small retail storefront of his business, Salvage Works.

The family affair began after Preston Browning followed his sister’s lead, leaving Virginia in 1993 and settling in Portland. He worked as a cabinetmaker, junking and Dumpster diving for salvage to make his things for himself.

“Part of it was budgetary; I didn’t have any money,” he says.


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