Tag: reclaimed building Materials

Restoring Wrought Iron

If you have a period home with its origins in the Victorian period there is a good chance you will have either wrought iron fencing, gates or other exterior design feature. If you are buying your wrought iron from a reclamation yard, however, there is also a good chance it has been outside for many…




Get Your Christmas Shopping Done Early at Beeston Reclamation

It is estimated that people will be spending £20bn shopping online in November particularly on what has become known as Black Friday. If only shopping isn’t for you and you dread the crowds on the high street, then Beeston Reclamation is a far more leisurely place to do your shopping. Unlike some reclamation yards you…




Useful Items You Can Buy From Reclamation Yards

Reclamation yards are ideal places to source materials and items for restoration projects and period homes. Here are some of the most common and useful items you will find. Bricks and roof tiles One of the main difficulties when building a new extension or replacing roof tiles is finding materials that match or at least…




A Beginners Guide To Reclamation

Reclamation yards are great places to source antiques and architectural features for your home or building project. Buying reclaimed items mean you are also having less of an impact on the environment than you would buying new. You will find all kinds of unexpected items when you visit a reclamation yard so you will need…




Building Your Fireplace From Reclaimed Materials

If you own a period home in the country then one of the great pleasures is to have a fireplace to warm those cold nights in the autumn, winter and sometimes even the summer depending on where you live. So now might be a good time to examine your fireplace to make sure everything is…




What Do Dovetail Joints Say About Furniture

There is far more to dovetail joints than something you might have learned as part of a woodworking class. Dovetail joints have been around for thousands of years and have a long history in furniture making here in the UK. Like anything else with a long history, dovetail joints will have a story to tell…




The Enduring Appeal Of The Door Knocker

The door knocker continues to occupy a special place in grand country houses despite a rather dark past. One of the curious things about door knockers is how fearsome they look and who could forget that scene in A Christmas Carol when the large Victorian door knocker transforms into a ghostly apparition of Scrooge’s former…




Isn’t It Time You Bought A Shepherd’s Hut For Your Garden?

David Cameron spent 25,000 on one and they’re beginning to find their way into all sorts of design magazines. Isn’t it time you invested in a not-so-humble shepherd’s hut? Shepherd’s huts, as you might have heard are taking the country by storm providing a new dimension to the ‘man caves’, ‘woman caves’ and of course…




How Much Are Your Antiques Worth?

Selling as much as buying antiques can be a bit of a minefield for the unwary and in all cases it is better to seek the opinions of more than one person and preferably those with expertise in what you are selling. Getting those options should be relatively straightforward as long as your items are…




How Victorian Furniture Was Built To Last More Than A Lifetime

William Morris the man often associated with the Victorian Arts and Crafts movement famously said “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful”. This typified the thinking in Victorian times that furniture should be crafted, beautiful to look at and just as importantly fit for…