Shopping for Salvaged Home Building Materials

| 12/28/2009 12:18:25 PM

Salvaging: Saving anything from destruction of danger 

I search salvage yards for interesting pieces for our new home, a sustainable farmhouse in Tennessee that we are building to reach LEED Platinum certification. My husband and I save money by reusing salvaged materials, and we appreciate the character of products created in earlier eras.

Our green home builders share our concern for the environment, appreciation for classic building materials and our thriftiness. Jason, our project manager, introduced me to Jane, who “knows the best flea markets and thrift stores in Nashville.” At the local Habitat Home Store, where I appointed her “door guru,” Jane helped me distinguish between plastic, steel, hollow and solid wood doors.

A grand 7-foot solid wood door caught my attention. I asked the salesperson about it, and he said it was probably more than 60 years old.

“We’re so tired of looking at it we’ll sell it for half-price,” he said.