6 Great Home Remodeling Uses For Reclaimed Materials

As a homeowner, you’re bound to do some remodeling at some point. Whether it be replacing the windows or doors, swapping the carpet for a newer, spill-free version, or removing outdated drawer pulls and door handles, something will come up eventually.

And with the world-wide surge in environmentally friendly living, what should you do with these materials? Here are a few great ideas.

Cast iron sinks.

Let’s face it- industrial-looking cast iron sinks can be an eyesore. This is especially true when they’re installed in a clean, modern kitchen that has just undergone a facelift.

This is why homeowners who have an older home that includes one of these sinks, often choose to replace them.

The cast iron sink in question doesn’t have to go into the landfill, though. Instead, it can be put to use in the laundry room or garage, if you have one.


When renovating an older home, bricks are one of the first things to be removed.

Should you end up with piles of bricks that are in decent condition, you may be able to use them to make a brand new fireplace or redo a chimney or porch steps.


When carpets are ripped up, they’re often done so because they are old and worn, or simply because their colors are outdated and unwanted.

If you have a basement in your home and are ripping up the carpet in any of the rooms or floors in your home, you could always use your carpet downstairs.

Even if you don’t have a finished basement or basement bedroom, a warm plushy carpet underfoot while doing laundry is always nice.


Wood is one of the most diverse building materials around. It is easy to reclaim and reuse, and looks great used in virtually any project.

Wooden furniture such as old chairs and tables can be up-cycled and transformed into something new, dresser drawers can be turned into planter boxes, while wood beams and slats can simply be removed, touched up, and used as panels for creating a unique “wooden wall”, and pallets can be used to DIY a porch swing or outdoor furniture.

Unpainted lumber can be ground and turned into mulch, which can be used as plant bedding or for erosion control.

Doors and windows.

Although doors and windows lack the versatility that many other materials do, they can still be reused. They can either be fixed up and used for their intended purpose, or they can be used as a piece of vintage decor.

Broken tiles and bricks.

Once tiles and bricks have been broken, they become a lot harder to reuse. However, they can still be salvaged; they can be ground down and turned into gravel.

This gravel can be used for creating driveways and walkways. In addition, porcelain and ceramic pieces that have seen better days can also be ground and used as gravel.