7 Ways to Use Salvaged Wood

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June 18, 2014
As dedicated modernists, we consider sustainability a baseline need, not an added bonus. One method is reusing existing materials in new way, so we've rounded up a few inspiring projects that incorporate salvaged wood.
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  The exterior of this garage renovation in Portland, Oregon, uses Douglas fir cladding salvaged from the previous garage. Photo by Lincoln Barbour.  Photo by: Lincoln Barbour

    The exterior of this garage renovation in Portland, Oregon, uses Douglas fir cladding salvaged from the previous garage. Photo by Lincoln Barbour.

    Photo by: Lincoln Barbour

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  By enlisting Brooklyn design-build firm MADE to renovate their aging brownstone using salvaged materials and adding in clever storage-saving methods, the trio was able to squeeze in a splurge or three, such as the Carrara marble sink, Viking chimney wall hood, and a free-standing range by Bluestar. The kitchen island and cabinets were outfitted with remilled Douglas-fir beams salvaged from upstate New York and wallet-friendly drawers from Swedish furniture company Ikea. Photo by Matthew Williams.  Photo by: Matthew Williams

    By enlisting Brooklyn design-build firm MADE to renovate their aging brownstone using salvaged materials and adding in clever storage-saving methods, the trio was able to squeeze in a splurge or three, such as the Carrara marble sink, Viking chimney wall hood, and a free-standing range by Bluestar. The kitchen island and cabinets were outfitted with remilled Douglas-fir beams salvaged from upstate New York and wallet-friendly drawers from Swedish furniture company Ikea. Photo by Matthew Williams.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

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  On his method for sourcing salvaged materials for his minimalist DIY home renovation in Austin, owner Blake Dollahite says, "While I hoped the house would be modern and striking, I wanted to rely on recycled materials to help it feel warm and familiar." Photo by Misty Keasler.  Photo by: Misty Keasler

    On his method for sourcing salvaged materials for his minimalist DIY home renovation in Austin, owner Blake Dollahite says, "While I hoped the house would be modern and striking, I wanted to rely on recycled materials to help it feel warm and familiar." Photo by Misty Keasler.

    Photo by: Misty Keasler

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  From the stairs West looks across the living room over the salvaged pine floors, which run throughout the house. Photo by Misty Keasler.  Photo by: Misty Keasler

    From the stairs West looks across the living room over the salvaged pine floors, which run throughout the house. Photo by Misty Keasler.

    Photo by: Misty Keasler

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  For his upstate-New York farmhouse, designer Tom Givone found the perfect marriage of high design, architectural salvage, and homespun hardware. In the light-filled master bathroom, Givone added a few rustic touches to a bright white space, then glammed things up just a touch with some dramatic lighting. Photo by Mark Mahaney.  Photo by: Mark Mahaney

    For his upstate-New York farmhouse, designer Tom Givone found the perfect marriage of high design, architectural salvage, and homespun hardware. In the light-filled master bathroom, Givone added a few rustic touches to a bright white space, then glammed things up just a touch with some dramatic lighting. Photo by Mark Mahaney.

    Photo by: Mark Mahaney

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  North Carolina architect Chad Everhart bought a falling-down old farmhouse for $72,000 then demolished the building–salvaging some hemlock and chestnut flooring here, some one-inch-by-ten-inch planks of white pine there–and rebuilt original concrete block foundation. The red barn door on a sliding track door is an icon, built from salvaged pine from the original farmhouse. Image courtesy Chad Everhart Architect.

    North Carolina architect Chad Everhart bought a falling-down old farmhouse for $72,000 then demolished the building–salvaging some hemlock and chestnut flooring here, some one-inch-by-ten-inch planks of white pine there–and rebuilt original concrete block foundation. The red barn door on a sliding track door is an icon, built from salvaged pine from the original farmhouse. Image courtesy Chad Everhart Architect.

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  In the jungles of Maui, artist and builder Tom Sewell has built his own oasis. Using discarded materials from the Hawaiian island's sugar mills, he's created his own home and outbuildings on a 17-acre property in Haiku—like a 36-square-foot kitchen made of salvaged Cor-Ten steel and corrugated polycarbonate.

    In the jungles of Maui, artist and builder Tom Sewell has built his own oasis. Using discarded materials from the Hawaiian island's sugar mills, he's created his own home and outbuildings on a 17-acre property in Haiku—like a 36-square-foot kitchen made of salvaged Cor-Ten steel and corrugated polycarbonate.

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