Architects and designers are always on the lookout for new trends in building materials and construction. Staying ahead of trends helps these designers create structures that will be both timeless and livable without having to do major improvements in the future. Not only must the designers consider the space in which they are building, but also the materials and what effect they will have on the overall construction.
A hot trend that has taken hold recently in the design and construction industry is the use of sustainable, eco-friendly and repurposed building materials. Designers, architects and even home DIYers are beginning to understand the impact that “new” construction can have on our environment and what they can do to help.
In another building trend, architects and designers are looking towards ideas such as adaptive reuse, where an existing building is deconstructed, the usable materials (like flooring, wood beams and antique lighting fixtures) are saved and the space is converted for a new purpose. Factories, warehouses, and train stations are just several types of buildings that can be reused to house restaurants, apartments, or storefronts. Utilizing the reclaimed building materials from these spaces can help cut construction costs and save these materials from clogging up landfills.
Top 5 Reclaimed Materials
1. Vintage Wired Glass is now used in kitchen cabinets doors, room partitions or even made into mirrors.
2. Reclaimed Wood Skins – Unique wall covering from the skins of reclaimed white pine floor joists. These planks are cut in various lengths and widths.
3. Reclaimed Wood Dining Tables – Reclaimed Pine, Walnut, Industrial Flooring, Oak, Bowling Alley & Ipe wood to choose from with a wide variety of bases to choose from. All tables can be customized to fit you space.
4. Industrial Factory Industrial Lighting – We salvage old factory pendants and restore them in our lighting shop. We have a wide variety of sizes available in large quantities.
5. Custom Antique Tin Ceiling Mirrors and Panels – We salvage 100 year tin ceilings from old building and manufacturer it into mirrors and panels.
Olde Good Things is dedicated to discovering vintage finds and materials and repurposing, rebuilding, and reusing them into unique, handcrafted items. These reclaimed items are transformed into charming statement pieces for kitchens, dining rooms, offices, living rooms, bedrooms, home exteriors, and gardens. With over a quarter of a million square feet of salvaged antiques and reclaimed building materials, Olde Good Things is here to help in the search for the perfect antique or reclaimed piece.