Collecting the craziest and most creative designs from every corner of the internet, platforms like Pinterest have made dreaming up the perfect custom home an American past time. We ogle lavish outdoor kitchens, playrooms with built-in forts and swings, and walk-in closets directly out of a Hollywood movie. So what makes these custom home designs so desirable?
Personality. Personality tingles our senses with options we’ve never considered and presents design aesthetic that breaks all the rules. And what’s the easiest way to add personality? One of a kind items and materials like reclaimed building materials.
Reclaimed building materials are previously used items and materials, like wood planks and bricks, usually displaying unique wear and character. These materials are increasingly revitalized and built into custom homes to add distinctive features and interesting character.
So how do you go about using reclaimed materials and where should you use them in your remodel or custom home? Great questions.
If you’re working with a contractor, they will have sources for affordable and interesting reclaimed building materials. Give them an idea of what you’re looking for and they’ll point you in the right direction. If you’re looking to get a jump start or still exploring the idea of using reclaimed building materials, other options exist. More and more, stores are popping up with the sole purpose of finding and distributing reclaimed building materials – which makes the process pretty easy! But truth be told, all you need to find the one-of-a-kind pieces you’re looking for is a little initiative and a good eye. Local antique and thrift stores always have interesting and aged items, if you’re willing to do a little digging. And if all else fails, head to the internet!
If you’re not sure where to add your reclaimed building materials, consider what you want your focal features to be for each room and what components each feature is comprised of. Keep an eye out for materials that can easily be substituted within those features and wa-la! If you find yourself at a complete loss or end up with an amazing piece you just don’t know where to place, ask your contractor. Experience with a variety of custom homes means chances are good that your contractor will have all sorts of crazy and fun ideas you’ve never even considered!
Most importantly, remember to have fun with your reclaimed building materials and create something that speaks to you. If you’re looking for a contractor to help you with your custom home or just want more information about reclaimed building materials, contact J. Scull Custom Homes today!