Are you in search of the best architectural salvage in London? Could be you intend to match building parts like flooring and doors or replace a decorative piece such as a bracket or chandeliers. The best places to look are the antique shops or auctions where you can find what you want at the lowest prices.
What are some of the salvage pieces you are likely to find? We take a detailed examination of architectural salvage in London.
If you want posts and columns arranged in terms of sets on the basis of the type, walk into an architectural salvage auction and view the items on offer. You may not find the perfect match for modern porch railings and staircases but you will definitely come across something close to what you want. When buying Baluster ends, check that the ends – which could be round or square – fit into your handrails and treads the same way. Carefully check if architectural millwork stored in the open air is still intact.
Other popular items you might want to buy are doors used on houses in different periods. The distinguishing factors when it comes to the doors are the shapes and sizes. The size of a door will be given in terms of the height by width by thickness.
Likely, you want part or whole pendants. It could be a wall sconce, fan, ceiling fixture or antique lamp. For these fixtures, you should have a good idea of the diameter and size. That way, you will have an idea how the fixture will fit into your room. You don’t want to end up with an undersized or overpowering fixture.
While you may find reproduction fans and lighting fixtures, they may not be as hefty and charming as the originals. However, these are the best since you do not have to rewire them or scrub and take them apart. But don’t worry when you find genuine antique fixtures. Dealers usually have no problem rewiring them.
Why should you use new hardwoods when you can find wide floorboards of chestnut or pine? Mostly, the floorboards were once used in attics with no nails, paint or wear and tear interfering with them. When sifting through architectural salvage in London, you are likely to come across flooring made of redwood, Douglas fir, chestnut, spruce, pine, and hemlock. Some antique dealers may even re-mill the flooring so that it has no imperfections when you get it.
Some of the most sought after items in architectural salvage in London include old commodes, bathtubs, and sinks. It is likely you will find the genuine vintage plumbing pieces. If you don’t, then you can settle for the reproductions done over the years using older molds. In fact, the price of the reproductions and the genuine antique pieces isn’t that different. Before buying these pieces, check the requirements by the local authorities where you live.
In addition to the items discussed here, you may also want to buy antique glass, period hardware, as well as reclaimed stones & tiles.
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