This Mill Valley, Calif., house owes much of its rustic good looks to the darkly stained, rough-hewn Douglas fir ceiling beams that were reclaimed from an Idaho pea processing plant.
In addition, interior designer Erin Martin repurposed discarded scaffolding boards into one-of-a-kind stairwell walls and transformed buoys from Washington’s Puget Sound into vibrant pendant lights.
To track down such interesting pieces, Scott Lee, AIA, of SB Architects relies on companies like Restoration Timber in San Francisco and California-based reclaimed wood expert Evan Shively. More customers are requesting recycled materials, Lee says, both for environmental and aesthetic reasons. “The house isn’t going to save the planet single-handedly, but it might move the meter just a little bit in that direction, because it gives people ideas about what’s possible.”
(See more on the Hillside House in EcoHome’s 2010 Design Awards coverage.)
Reclaimed materials add character to architect Frederick Hyer's residential projects.
Pine and oak trees from the site were used in the kitchen ceiling.
Reclaimed materials are a hallmark of custom builder Josh Wynne's projects.
This California home owes much of its rustic good looks to reclaimed materials.
The Flip House remodel re-used nearly all of the materials deconstructed from the original 1924 home.