Salvaging The Past In Modern Designs: 3 Upcycling Projects For Custom-Built Homes
Are you planning on buying a new home? Have you heard of the term upcycling? If you are planning on buying a new home, repurposing old objects is a way of recycling that is trendy, environmentally friendly, and versatile. Some of the upcycling projects for custom home designs that you may want to do include using old furniture for cabinetry or incorporating architectural salvage into interior designs. Here are some of the way you can integrate the past into your custom home:
1. Old Windows in New Custom Kitchen Designs
Old and antique windows are great to use in different interior designs, especially in modern kitchens. The glass on windows makes them ideal to add cabinet doors over custom-built shelving units. The windows will help give kitchen space an open feel and an attractive personal touch. You can get old wood windows from building supply services that specialize in salvaged construction materials.
2. Reclaimed Wood for Exposed Trim and Architectural Features
Building supply services that specialize in salvaged materials will also be able to help you with reclaimed lumber. The wood can be used for different types of exposed features in a custom home. For example, you may want to use reclaimed timbers for architectural features like exposed beams and structural elements. These materials can also be used for attractive aged wood flooring or for wall finishes. In new home construction, you will have the benefit of being able to adapt the design with professional installation to seamlessly integrate the reclaimed lumber into the design of your home, so it looks as though it has always been there.
3. Using Old Furniture and Objects in Modern Bathroom Designs
Another timeless interior design trend that you may see more in newer homes is the use of old furniture in the bathroom. One popular idea for this is to use antique dressers and other bedroom furniture and turn them into vanities. The drawers and inside of the furniture will need to be customized for plumbing and mechanical installations, and then a bowl or other container will need to be adapted to use as the sink. Some of the materials used as bowl sinks include turned wood, antique bowls, custom metal, and stone work. You will want to be cautious of water in the bathroom and make sure that the wood furniture has a good French polish and fresh coat of wax. Other materials to upcycle in the bathroom include old mirrors with distress and patina and metal medical cabinets.
These are some of the upcycling projects that you may want to consider for trendy custom home designs and interior finishes. If you are in the market for a new home, contact a custom home builder or real estate agent and talk with them about some of these features for your new home.