Friday, May 10, 2013

Architectural Salvage: One Home's Antiques Are Another's Novelties

The term “used” is commonly associated with cars and electronics, which is probably why the building industry has its own term: “architectural salvage.” The term may not sound so appealing, but it doesn't change the fact that these items can help you achieve a custom look for a fraction of the price. Items in an architectural salvage center are mostly building parts and accessories recovered from demolished or renovated buildings. It gives the quote “one man's trash is another man's treasure” a fresh meaning.

Some salvage parts may require repair and restoration, but it beats buying a brand new one. However, these parts are better used in small doses, says Amy Albert for Builder Magazine. After all, there's not much point in investing in restoration if it ends up costlier than buying brand new furnishings.

It's important to look for a salvage center that can modify the parts, namely metal parts, to suit your specifications. As there are only a few centers in the country, it pays to look for them online. Minneapolis, for example, has one major salvage center along Quincy Street.

Using architectural salvage may be tricky at first, but a few of these parts can do wonders in keeping home building costs low. They will also give your home a unique, custom look that will be the envy of your friends and family. 

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