(Above photo - Architectural salvage pieces from Canonbury Antiques )
One of the best ways to enhance how your home looks are using architectural salvage. When a building is demolished, priceless items that can be used elsewhere are retrieved. Such buildings usually have structural damage and must be brought down. There are a lot of hidden treasures that can be considered an architectural salvage. They include the following:
(Above photo - North London / Hertfordshire Architectural Salvage )
Wood may be salvaged after the demolition of old barns, decks, and factories. The reason people prefer salvaged wood is the worn out look. You may use the wood to make all sorts of items, including furniture. Since the wood has a story of its own, it will give character to any item on which it is used.
One of the things you may retrieve from a house is the wood used to make the floor. That type of wood has already been exposed to the elements and has already shrunk and expanded enough. Not so for fresh wood, which needs some time before it is ready for use. In the same breath, aged wood flooring provides a unique look, given the number of years it has been in use.
3. Windows and Doors
(Above photo - Large Cast Iron Gazebo perfect architectural salvage )
Most people looking for architectural salvage in London end up buying used doors and windows. They end up using them as decorations in their homes. If anything, wooden doors from centuries ago featured much stronger wood. They can provide a greater assurance of security when used in modern houses. Since the doors and windows were handmade, they have unique design elements that cannot be replicated today. As for the salvaged windows, you may use them as decorations or in garden projects.
4. Metals and Other Ornaments
(Above photo - Big architectural salvage pieces for the garden )
There are a lot of stone or metal ornaments that form a part of architectural salvage. Luckily, you can find many of the items in this category by visiting an architectural salvage shop in London. Examples include doorknobs, fireplace equipment, fountains, knockers, mantles, and sinks. And, you don’t have to do the retrieval, given it has already been done by us. Before we put out any of these items for sale, we polish them so that you can find them in great shape.
Where to Buy Architectural Salvage
(Above photo - Large bronze garden fountain )
There are many architectural salvage stores in London. They have a collection of all the architectural salvage items you might want. Since the store owners have been in business for a long time, they know how to source the best items that customers are looking for. The good thing is that they sell to people in London and from elsewhere. Only be prepared to return to the store several if you want a specific type of architectural item. For example, if you are looking for a Victorian mantelpiece, you can ask the owner of the store to call you when it becomes available.
We welcome all people looking for the best architectural salvage pieces in London. You may want to give us a call or walk into our yard to see what we have for sale.
Common Types of Architectural Salvage Items from Canonbury Antiques
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