DIY How To Salvage The Most Out Of Home Renovation

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A huge amount of people are looking at home renovation.  Some of us are buying homes that need improving, renovating them and selling at a profit. More of us are buying older homes to improve and live in.  There are hidden gems in these older homes that all too often are ripped out and discarded.  It is a shame as the following article will highlight, I loved the information…

Floor and Wall Tiles

Floor and Wall Tiles
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Decorative floor tiles have obvious appeal, but Haines says removing them often proves time consuming if possible at all, especially for the budding DIY guy. But wall tiles are far more approachable, and in the case of antiques, can be tremendously valuable. Haines says that while modern white subway tiles are about 20 cents a pop at a big box store, vintage ones are worth sparing from the sledgehammer. “Originally they were made of porcelain or ceramic, and are worth three or four dollars per tile.” To tell if your WC has the real deal, Haines says vintage tiles have square edges instead of rounded ones, and a close look will reveal fine crackling under the glaze.

Unfortunately getting them loose is either dead simple or all but impossible. “You’ll know very quickly if a tile is going to come off as it’ll pop off when you begin to pry. If they start to crack then they’re adhered to the wall and you won’t be able to get them off.” Haines says the best way to liberate tiles is using an oscillating multi-tool with a scraper attachment.

Read more: http://www.mensjournal.com/expert-advice/10-items-to-salvage-from-your-home-renovation-that-are-better-than-new-20141112/floor-and-wall-tiles#ixzz3bAcZeUW8

Hardware and Accessories

Hardware and Accessories
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All the oddball tchotchkes that adorn old houses — from electrical outlet and switch plates, to window locks, to clothes hangers, to door stops — are valuable, simply because they don’t make them like they used to. “For instance, glass door knobs today are just cheap molded glass, whereas back in the day they were actually cut glass,” Haines says. “So that means anything brass and bronze and other metals that are decorative with intricate details — you just don’t see those today.” If you’re going to pull them out and donate them, it’s best to keep items together, especially with door knobs and latches.

Read more: http://www.mensjournal.com/expert-advice/10-items-to-salvage-from-your-home-renovation-that-are-better-than-new-20141112/hardware-and-accessories#ixzz3bAcy7lwZ

Solid Wood Doors

Solid Wood Doors
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Old wooden panel doors are the gold standard, but buying reclaimed ones, or salvaging existing ones in your home, isn’t completely straightforward. For starters old doors often have thick layers of paint that needs to be stripped either for aesthetic reasons or simply to fit properly. “You have to pay special attention to lead issues, because it will be on any door that was painted before lead paint was banned in the ’70s. That goes for any item you’d want to sand in an old house.” says Haines.

It’s still well within the abilities of most DIYers to strip a painted door if you take the correct precautions, including wearing a respirator and protective clothing and using a heat gun — or better yet an eco-friendly chemical stripper like Soy Gel. If you plan to salvage and sell or donate your doors, Haines makes one plea: Keep the hardware on the door, especially if the door has mortise locks (large square steel locks that are inserted into a carved out hole in the door). “One time we salvaged maybe 100 doors from a handful of houses and someone from our outfit decided to remove all the mortises — big mistake,” Haines says. “All of those locks are slightly off, and so anyone trying to refit them later will never find a match.”

Read more: http://www.mensjournal.com/expert-advice/10-items-to-salvage-from-your-home-renovation-that-are-better-than-new-20141112/solid-wood-doors#ixzz3bAdC6CAR

 

The main lesson from the information shared above is the lesson of they don’t make things like they used to!  It is a shame that a lot of the older properties that have been renovated have had their very heart ripped out and replaced with cheaper modern-day alternatives.  Home renovation at its best should be carefully thought out and lovingly restored with its original features if they can be salvaged.

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