Today, many building projects, home renovations and décor choices are all about upcycling and re-using materials. As well as being environmentally friendly, it’s also useful for homeowners of period properties who wish to retain authentic features for their old property.
What are considered reclaimed materials?
Reclaimed materials are materials that have had a previous life and used in a previous building or on another project. Reclaimed objects could include front doors, period bricks, stone, fireplaces, baths and sinks for example.
Why do people want reclaimed materials?
Modern materials might try to imitate but nothing can compare to reclaimed materials for sheer character and authentic originality. Even reproductions cannot quite replicate the look and feel of an authentic piece. If you want to keep the old charm of your period property, you’ll want to choose reclaimed and salvaged materials from properties of a similar age to your own.
Where can you find reclaimed materials?
They can be sourced at auctions around the country, but the internet has seen huge growth in the salvage marketplace. However, the best place to see and feel reclaimed items is at reclamation yard. These will have a wide variety of items; more choice and many items will have been carefully restored to their original grandeur. For a Reclamation Yard Ireland, visit
What materials are most sought after?
Building materials are always popular in the reclaimed market but literally anything that can be salvaged can be sold on for another purpose. Whatever you’re seeking, the treasure hunt is often the most fun. Unusual items include garden ornaments, door handles, stained glass windows, urns, railings and church pews.
The price of items varies depending on their condition, just as they do with antique sales. If the item is in exceptional condition or is a rare find, expect to pay more for it. If you are bulk buying, then dealers might offer you a discount and there are still gems and bargains to be found.
What to do before visiting a reclamation yard
It’s a good idea to make a list of the things you are looking for. It’s easier to not get distracted then! Measure up any areas before you go if you’re looking for a specific piece of furniture. Take a tape measure with you and any samples of materials or photographs you already have so you can match before buying.
Examine every item carefully and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Look all around the item and in particular for signs of woodworm, rust, cracks or rot.