DC Real Estate: Repurposing with Salvaged Materials

Repurposing with Salvaged Materials

DC Real Estate: Repurposing With Salvaged Materials

A great way to save money renovating DC real estate is to take advantage of repurposing resources. Repurposing with salvaged building materials in Washington DC Metro helps keep home improvement costs down. You'll be required to invest extra time, effort and elbow grease, but for DIYers and those looking to save on a particular item, repurposing can be a great solution to updating your entire home, or one special space.

Recycled building materials in Washington and Northern Virginia

Recycling and repurposing with salvaged materials has become de rigueur for many interior designers and decorators. Now, DIYers are joining in to take advantage of more widely available trash-to-treasure opportunities in home rehabbing and decorating. It's chic to repurpose and doing so can save home owners hundreds--even thousand--of dollars in materials costs. Just ask the Building Materials Reuse Association, who urge homeowners to:

  1. Consider deconstruction or salvage of your home
  2. Consider reuse of building materials in your new design and construction.

The BMRA promotes deconstruction and materials resue, has launched a standardized deconstruction training certification curriculum for community colleges, provides local resources for homeowners who want to repurpose building materials and finishes, and promotes DC Metro contractors who repurpose.

Not only is repurposing popular among designers and DC Metro homeowners, it is gaining favor in the construction industry, where developers are learning that they can create a product that is on trend but costs less to construct.

Resources in the DC Metro area for repurposing and salvaged materials

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Comment balloon 2 commentsThe Isaacs Team llc • November 11 2011 01:52PM


I take and buy building materials when I can from the Habitat ReStores in my area.  People might be amazed what they can find there.  I'm remodeling a ktichen and took the previous cabinets which were in good shape to them to sell.  The more we keep out of the landfill the better it is.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 7 years ago

It's a treasure trove, right Cindy? And repurposing helps create spaces that are much more personal and creative. I'll bet someone has your newly fabulous cabinets in their home right now!  Thanks for sharing : )

Posted by The Isaacs Team llc, realestateinthedistrict.com over 7 years ago

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