How to source salvaged materials

Salvage and reclamation yards are full of hidden gems rescued from refurbished buildings

By Olivia Williams | 12 August 2021

Reclaimed structural elements and furniture add vintage style to a building project – and half the fun is going on the hunt for unique items.

Reclamation yards are full of hidden gems rescued from condemned or refurbished buildings. Upcycling these salvaged house materials is a wonderful chance to reuse items that would otherwise go unloved. The right one-off piece can add great character and interest to a restoration or new-build. From dainty light fittings to heavy marble fireplaces and polished floorboards, these yards are ideal sources of inspiration and materials.

This is especially the case if you have a penchant for a specific historical style such as art deco or Edwardian. With amazing salvage available around the country, you’re bound to find what you are looking for if you persevere – no matter how niche your interest.

Reclaimed bricks on a stylish extension overlooking a garden

Reclaimed bricks on this extension link to the original facade, London Bricks

As a trend, salvage is highly accessible because you can commit to big architectural elements like kitchen cabinets and fireplaces, or stick to thoughtful little touches such as bathroom fixtures and door handles, depending on your style and budget. There is also the thrill of scouring a treasure trove such as Lassco (020 7394 2100; Lassco regularly offers quirky pieces from the National Maritime Museum, Eton College, Harrods, Oxford University and Kew Gardens, as well as churches and institutions. Their three yards currently stock items such as a Victorian costermonger’s barrow from Old Spitalfields Market and Dutch hand-painted ceramic tiles. How historical and extravagant you want to go is entirely up to you.

Green freestanding bath from salvaged home materials

Deep Down Plunger Bath, Antique Bathrooms