Salvage 66 Stories

Armed with a passion for upcycling and sustainability, and eager to show what can be achieved by experimenting with design, Carla and Ben Karsakis took on the project of building a home with as many recycled materials as possible. They call it the Recycled House. The design-savvy couple had bought a property of...
Houzz Tour: Wild Ideas in the Windy City
This house in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood is no less than a love letter to the Windy City, architectural history and art created by three native Midwesterners. It started with the owner, a man with an outsize personality,...
Houzz Tour: Meet a Home Made With Minivan Parts
I’m not sure if Lee Iacocca sent him, but architect Karl Wanaselja spent countless hours searching car junkyards for America’s best-selling Dodge Caravan minivan. Fascinated by finding ways to use junked car parts in architectural designs for more...
A Potting Shed Puts a New Spin on Old Treasures
When Valerie and Mark Kirves, owners of Iron Accents, decided to add a potting shed to their North Georgia shop’s garden space, they turned to the same kind of recycled elements and antiques...
The Perks and Perils of Reupholstering Old Furniture
Those of you who follow me know that I am a passionate advocate of acquiring fabulous furniture finds near Dumpsters, on roadsides or by religiously haunting thrift stores. Vintage furniture — even when discovered in a less-than-optimal...
Budget Decorator: Let’s Go Thrifting
Looking to refresh your home for spring? Take a detour from the big-box stores and head to the nearest flea market, junk shop or yard sale instead. With creativity and some elbow grease, you can furnish and decorate a home that looks uniquely...
Artful Salvage: Old Doors Decorate the Garden
My local salvage yard is brimming with building materials — lighting fixtures, kitchen cabinets, tile, windows and doors. On a recent trip, I was thinking how I might possibly use one of its old doors as an entry gate for my vegetable garden. The blowsy...
12 Ways to Get in the Spirit of Old Stuff Day
I’m pretty sure it will be a regular sales day at Hallmark, but Old Stuff Day (March 2) gives us an excuse to appreciate old stuff. Go through that box in the attic full of Grandma’s things and see if you can give them a special place in your...
Practical New Uses for 23 Old Things
In the market for a new bookshelf? If you have an old ladder lying around, you might not need to hit the store. In fact, there are countless ways you can turn old objects into amazingly practical solutions for storing, displaying and organizing your stuff....
5 Great Garden Uses for Granite Millstones
Visiting an architectural salvage yard is one of my favorite things to do — old windows, porcelain claw-foot bathtubs from a bygone era and vintage textiles that can be repurposed in creative ways are just some of the things that catch my eye. When...
My Houzz: Collected and Creative Appeal in Tampa
What should a couple do when their newly built home lacks the charm and character their tastes dictate? They make adjustments, like painting the kitchen cabinets and changing out the floors. Then, if that’s not enough, they fill it to the brim...
Houzz Tour: Hand Crafting Rehabs a Michigan Farmhouse
There aren’t many 4-year-olds who can claim they were raised in a barn, but the youngster growing up in this rehabilitated farmhouse in Birmingham, Michigan, can honestly say he’s maturing while surrounded by items with agricultural or industrial...
Houzz Tour: Shipping Containers Make for an Unusual Home
Building traditional wood townhouses and condos is good work for a general contractor. It provides a steady income for Claudie Dubreuil, a general contractor in Mirabel, Quebec, who owns Les...
From Backyard Shed to Motorcycle Haven
Rita Hendricks and Dennis Reed had only one requirement when searching for their new home. There had to be space for the motorcycles. Reed discovered his passion for motorcycles 15 years ago and has...
Bike-Chain Chandeliers You've Got to See
Bicycles are great for exercise and cutting down on gas costs. But how about for stylishly lighting your bedroom? Sure, as Los Angeles artist Carolina Fontoura Alzaga has discovered. She turns salvaged bike parts...
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