Salvaged Materials? Sustainable & Beautiful For Your Malibu Home

by ritasimpson on October 23, 2012

in Architecture

Many architects, builders and designers know that using salvaged materials for a new-home project is one of the most sustainable building practices available. Whether it’s old brick, old slate and tile roofing, wood structures and siding, or windows and doors, saving these materials from our landfills lets us all live a little more lightly on the land.

From the intense heat required to bake the bricks to the power needed to drive the saws that cut the wood, home-building materials take vast amounts of energy to manufacture. So recapturing that energy and using it again and again means we burn less oil and gas, spewing less carbon into the atmosphere.

While it’s good to be green, it’s a plus when we craft something beautiful at the same time. The depth of color, patina and richness of salvaged materials are also design factors that can make our homes truly wonderful.

One of the nice aspects of reusing a salvaged material like Chicago brick is how each piece takes on its own

personality. It’s as if each individual brick were carefully hand made by an artisan.

 

 

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