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The Resourceful Renovator
is always asking how basic building materials can be restored, rehabilitated, remodeled, repaired, revitalized, rejuvenated, reclaimed, renewed, refurbished, repainted, repointed, retrofitted, reconstructed, replicated, re-erected, rebuilt, recreated, redesigned, reworked, or relocated-reused.
This book contains hundreds of ideas for renovating and decorating projects that reuse wood, stone, metal, glass, brick, and ceramics. These materials consumed enormous amounts of energy in their production, and building materials are the biggest proportion of all waste discarded in landfills. Instead of thowing them away, why not reuse these items in new buildings or renovation projects, and create furnishings and rooms that are beautiful, functional, and good examples for our children and community?
The traditional method of demolishing a building is to use an excavator to knock it down into a rubble pile and then cart the debris away to the landfill. But there is another way. When we begin to understand where building materials originate, how they are extracted from nature, and how much energy is embodied in the process of changing raw resources into useful products, then we can start to comprehend the global impact of our use of those resources. And when we know how much value-in the form of many different kinds of energy and ingenuity and plain hard work-has already been added to transform ore or earth or tree into radiators or door knobs or tongue-and-groove flooring, we will be very reluctant to simply throw away such valuable items.
Finding material to reuse can be a fun adventure-in fact, it's sometimes the most fun part of the project. Half of the joy of showing your finished project to a visitor is in telling the story of where the material came from. There is no end to the affliction called resource recycling-when it sets in, one house may not be enough. The urge to sidestep the new materials aisle at the hardware store, and dig through the neighborhood trash is infectious.
Readers get hundreds of ideas for renovating and decorating projects that reuse building materials, such as wood, stone, metal, glass, brick, and ceramics. Illustrations. Color and b&w photos.
About the Author
Many of the photographs and stories in this book come from author Jennifer Corson's first-hand experience at her Renovator's Resource business in Halifax, Nova Scotia (visit the website for more information: www.renovators-resource.com). As well, it features some of the best episodes from her television series, The Resourceful Renovator.