Which Type Of Metal Gate Should You Choose?

Metal gates can make an elegant feature as an entrance to your garden or driveway and there are many different types of metal gate to choose from including those made from steel, cast iron and wrought iron but which material makes the best gate? Budget You will find plenty of choice when it comes to…




Remembering Retro Stand Hairdryers

If you are of a certain age, then you could be forgiven for wondering what on earth was the purpose for this odd hood shaped thing perched on top of a six foot stand we have on display at Beeston Reclamation. The older generation of course will instantly recognise it as the good old-fashioned stand…




Making the Most of Reclaimed Wood in the Homes of Today

Wood has been used in the home since the dawn of human history and its popularity has endured through the arrival of many types of materials and fashions through the ages. Today from kitchen tables to mantlepieces, wood remains at the heart of many a home. Producing wooden furniture new, however, does come at an…




Exploiting the Enduring Appeal of Garden Salvage

Garden salvage is one of the most popular draws for people at reclamation yards and it’s easy to see why when stone statues and other reclaimed garden curiosities fit so well even in contemporary garden settings The appeal of garden salvage lies in the patina it will have developed over many years outdoors. Cast metal…




Upcycling – Painting Old Furniture

Old furniture sourced from reclamation yards can be transformed simply with the addition of a coat of paint whether it’s a bench for outdoor use or something for the interior. The painting of old chairs with spindles and so on can, however, take a lot of time and effort so here are some tips on…




Reclaimed Items You Can Use As Summer Planters

As we head into midsummer one of the great pleasures of being out in the garden are the abundance of flowers. Not everyone however will have large spaces in which to plant flowers and you may just have a small yard space which restricts your options. In these cases planters provide an ideal solution to…




Natural Stone or Concrete Paving – Which is Best?

Before starting on a paving project people are often inclined to ask which is best natural stone or concrete? So let’s look at the some of the pros and cons of each to help you come to the right choice for your landscape project. Price One thing is certain, natural stone is going to cost…




How To Choose Bricks

Bricks have been used in building for thousands of years and to this day they are by far the most common building blocks of houses. This means you will find a lot of bricks around of various sizes, colours and properties making it difficult to choose the right brick for your particular project. So what…




What Material Makes A Good Mantle For Your Fireplace

The material you choose will depend a lot on what type of property you have. If it’s from the Victorian era then a cast iron mantlepiece is likely to be the best fit while for other properties and oak mantle would fit perfectly. We have plenty of examples of both at Beeston reclamation and whether…




Ways To Use Salvage

Architectural salvage is now highly sought after from our homes to our business premises and even housing developments, there are pieces which can be upcycled or recycled and put to all kinds of different purposes. The demand for reclaimed architectural materials has sparked a growth in specialist tradespeople, designers and architects, who are skilled in…