There are a number of companies that deal in salvaged building materials. For the most part, these are surplus materials or materials taken from local homes and businesses when someone remodels or demolishes a structure. Even if you cannot reuse materials from your own home, you can recycle materials from other buildings. Very often homes that are slated for demolition are older homes. These older homes often have beautiful doors and trim work and fixtures. If you are looking for a particular style of door or balustrade this might be the place to look first. If you are working in an older home, this could be the place to start looking for matching designs and styles of the items you want to include in your design. You might need to visit a few salvage companies or even visit some repeatedly to find just the right item, but this is not only a great way to save, it is fun as well.

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