Using Reclaimed Materials

Design Sustainability

According to the National Association of Homebuilders, the amount of lumber used in new construction in the US each year would span 3 million miles laid end to end. That is equivalent to going to the moon and back six and a half times. This sobering statistic touches on only one material commonly used in construction and highlights the importance of using reclaimed materials.

As a firm committed to sustainability, we avoid using new materials whenever possible to reduce embodied carbon. Using salvaged materials reduces waste and also opens the door to showcase hard-to-find materials, such as old growth wood. Reclaimed materials add unique character and a sense of history to a space. Beyond this, our clients love knowing that the materials used in their home were sourced sustainably.

Here are some examples of reusing and reclaiming materials in our practice:

Living space in a carriage house with a wall of glass doors covered by sliding barn doors, exposed beams, and original fireplace.

During excavation in this Cobble Hill carriage house, we discovered previously abandoned bricks and stone on site. Rather than discarding these materials, we designed them into our restoration of the home's fireplace.

Kitchen with lilac paint, dark wood cabinetry, a copper range hood, and chandelier above the island.

In a Park Slope kitchen, we repurposed old tiles to create a breathtaking, pearlescent kitchen backsplash.

Attic of a Brooklyn Heights home with four windows, three skylights, a metal staircase leading to the roof, wood paneled ceiling and exposed brick walls.

We reclaimed and reused all of the wood in this warm attic space.

Kitchen with green walls, two pendant lights, and reclaimed wood floors.

We saved these wood floors from a demolition, re-sanded them, and installed them in this townhouse. The nail pattern from its previous life adds character to its new home.