Architectural salvage is a concept whose time has finally come.
If you've never been to an architectural salvage yard, I urge you to go--even if you haven't the slightest need for anything there. It is nothing short of fascinating to see 75 radiators lined up in a row or stacks of clawfoot tubs or delectably rusting iron garden arbors that call to mind something from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
At the least, you can pick up a doorknob. At most, mantels and brick and siding, and more.
As Green Remodeling writer Murrye Bernard points out, architectural salvage is more than just the rarefied realms of hand-carved wood molding and plaster medallions. It's often those materials the average homeowner might need when remodeling:
- Water heaters
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