Enhance your outdoor spaces with the creative use of recycled materials

The world of patios is quickly adapting to the principles of green building. Using recycled materials to create spaces with their own unique flair is a trend spreading across the country. Materials can range from old factory bricks with charred edges to pieces of bluestone salvaged from a patio that your neighbors decided to tear out. There are two options when it comes to obtaining recycled hardscape materials, each with its advantages and drawbacks.

Take advantage of another’s trash

With more and more home owners choosing to invest in their existing properties instead of selling and relocating, many are opting to rip out existing patios, pathways, and terraces and replace them with options more in tune with their current style. This supposed refuse can be given new life as someone else’s dream patio. The best part about these materials is that they are often free. If your neighbors aren’t planning to redo their patio anytime soon, contact local masons or landscape contractors to see if you might be able to purchase by-products from recent demolition projects.

Save time with architectural salvage

Many companies throughout the country specialize in architectural salvage, giving home owners an easy, one-stop option for purchasing recycled bricks, cobblestones, or paving materials. Although costs can be high, depending on how much material is needed, these salvage companies often ship items across the country, providing enough of one type of stone or brick to give a consistent look to the overall project.

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