Tag: reclaimed building Materials

How to care for stained glass windows

Whether original or reclaimed, stained glass windows are an attractive feature that can add real value and kerb appeal to your home. Keeping beautiful stained glass windows clean and free of dust and debris enhances their appearance and increases their longevity and value. Stained glass windows are delicate and should be cleaned and maintained with…




Where to source quality second-hand furniture

Buying furniture second-hand is an affordable and environmentally-friendly way of picking up unique, high quality items. Whilst flatpack, store-bought furniture may be cheap and cheerful, it doesn’t leave much to the imagination and its production and transportation can be very damaging to the environment. Reclaiming high quality second-hand furniture offers excellent value for money, produces…




What are encaustic tiles?

Patterned tiles have added interest and style to interiors around the world throughout history, making them a timeless addition to any home. From intricate, modern, multi-coloured patterns, to bold and simple monochrome designs, patterned tiles are now more popular than ever. If you’re considering adding some beautiful new tiles to your home, one of the…




Eco-friendly decorating tips

Decorating doesn’t need to involve chemicals, carbon emissions and waste, here are five sustainable and environmentally-friendly tips for making over your home. Cheap, mass-produced furniture, chemicals, and paint all have a detrimental effect on the environment but are still widely used by homeowners and traders during DIY and restoration projects. Luckily, there are plenty of…




4 alternative uses for a garden shed

The humble garden shed, typically a small wooden structure full of cobwebs, hibernating critters, and garden tools. Whilst garden sheds are a convenient place for storing garden tools, they have so much more potential. Many people are now transforming their garden sheds to add extra space to their homes. Here are just a few inspiring…




What is the difference between recycling and reclaiming?

Many people use the terms recycled and reclaimed interchangeably without realising that they refer to two different processes. As more people become aware of the environmental impact their purchasing decisions have, the demand for environmentally friendly and sustainable products is growing. When buying products like furniture and flooring you will frequently come across recycled and…




Reclaimed railway sleeper grading: What does it mean?

Railway sleepers are thick pieces of wood, ideal for home and garden DIY projects. In the home, sleepers are popularly used to make fireplace mantels, tables, chairs, and benches of all shapes and sizes. Outside in the garden railway sleepers are commonly used to edge lawns and flowers beds, make garden furniture, raised flower beds,…




Pros and cons of pine wood flooring

Pines are fast-growing trees that produce attractive, lightweight wood, the perfect material for building an affordable wood floor. Choosing the right wood flooring for your home can make a huge difference to its overall aesthetics. As well as choosing a wood that has the right look, it’s important to think about the room’s purpose and…




Environmental benefits of reclaimed furniture

Reclaimed furniture offers an attractive and sustainable alternative to buying new. Cheap, mass-produced products have been in the spotlight recently, as awareness grows about the negative effect they have on the environment. As well as allowing you to pick up unique, high quality items at a fraction of the cost of buying them new, reclaimed…




Benefits of cast iron radiators

If you thought cast iron radiators were a thing of the past, think again. It’s not unusual for those with period properties to use antique radiators to restore their homes to its original glorious state. But recently, the benefits of a good old fashioned cast iron radiator have been rediscovered, and even those in modern…