Recycling Building Materials

By Robert Robillard on Uncategorized

In the construction and remodeling field I am constantly coming across good materials that are destined for a dumpster.   When I have the time and space I sometimes take these items and try to find a way to recycle them.  Recycling building materials and reusing them has become a big business.

Recycled Fireplace Materials

I am currently working at this house and recently gutted the stone from the fireplace seen above. The fireplace surround and hearth is 1 1/2″ thick blue stone.

The new project will have granite and a more traditional wood fireplace mantle.

I hated to throw this blue stone in the dumpster so after thinking about it a bit I came up with a good alternative to reuse it.

Recycling Building Materials in A Pool House

My pool pump house has 1 1/4 crushed stones as a floor. While it’s great for drainage and draining the pool pipes it’s real rough on bare feet.

I have long been thinking about building a wood plank way to walk on. Using the blue stones here as pavers is a better alternative.

A new life for unwanted building materials. Reduce, Re-use, Re-cycle!

READ how we recycled a fireplace mantle from 1890.


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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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