Architectural Salvage

By Robert Robillard on Uncategorized

Building Material Salvage

Clawfoot tub


The cost to have some of the pieces you’ll find custom made today is untouchable to most. 

Local salvage warehouses have architectural salvage pieces that can make any addition or renovation a unique, one-of-a-kind appearance.

From the quality of the materials (old growth lumber used in furniture & mantels) to the authentic designs and construction techniques (hand-crafted & traditional blacksmith/forging), these items are living examples of a true lost art.

Reclaimed Building Materials:

There are many, many different options and materials that can be salvaged and reworked to new and usable condition again.   With some of these items people like to display them in their old and battered condition, other items folks like to recondition.   A good example of this is rewiring an antique light.

Architectural Salvage

Here’s a list of some popular reclaimed architectural salvage, to name a few:

  • Fireplace  mantles,
  • stained glass windows,
  • Mirrors,
  • lighting fixtures,
  • wrought iron gates,
  • Metal fencing,
  • Garden furniture,
  • Plant urns,
  • Water fountains,
  • Stair parts and newel posts,
  • Mill work and moldings,
  • Victorian trim and molding parts and pieces,
  • doors,
  • Door knobs, knockers and hinges,
  • Hardware,
  • Windows, glass,
  • Plumbing fixtures,
  • Columns,
  • Soapstone,
  • Floor heating grates,
  • Brick and granite,
  • Antique flooring
  • Reclaimed lumber.

Whether your a DID-er, contractor, renovator or a home designer any and all of these items can help you add unique character to your project and assist you in creating a space and style of your own.

Refinishing Old Fixtures:

Don’t forget that old and antique fixtures such as sinks, toilets and tubs can be repaired, retrofitted and refinished to look like new.  Refinishing of vintage claw foot tubs has become a big business.   You can save 80% from re glazing a tub and tile surrounds when comparing that to the cost of tearing everything out and installing new fixtures.

‘Going Green’ is not just a catch-phrase anymore!  Go check out a local architectural salvage yard and start your own project!

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Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor

Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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