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.
~ concord carpenter