Restore your Silver Lake home with parts from Silver Lake Architectural Salvage
A lot of people find themselves buying fixer-uppers these days. Many short sale listings and bank owned REO properties can be in major disrepair at the time of sale. There are alot of craftsman and California bungalow homes in Silver Lake, and Echo Park. If you'd like help locating one, click here to search for Silver Lake properties. Chances are if you buy one in a distressed sale, it's going to be needing some help.
If you are a lover of old architecture, do not despair. Sure, you can spend a fortune for brand new (read, "expensive") reproductions of doors and windows, or you can pick up the real Mc Coy, add your own elbow grease and end up with the real thing as it was originally built!
People throw away all kinds of things. When it comes to architectural salvage, one man's junks is definitely another man's treasure. There are places where you can find all kinds of architectural pieces to restore your craftsman, Victorian or California bungalow back to its original beauty. One such place can be found right here in Silver Lake.
Silver Lake Architectural Salvage, owned and operated by Bruce Baken and Alan Teman, opened in 2005. You'll find it just South of Sunset Blvd at 1065 Manzanita Street. You can't miss the yard full of all kinds of doors, windows and miscellaneous old building parts. Step inside the big white building for a huge selection of old built-ins, stained glass windows, light fixtures, claw foot tubs, sinks, and all kinds of odds and ends you thought were irreplaceable.
You can get sash weight for your double hung windows, old door knobs, cabinet hardware, door moldings, and hinges- you name it, they have it! On my last visit I was stunned to see a completely restored stove that was probably originally built in the 20's. It was magnificent! Can you tell I have a thing for old architecture and appliances?!
My husband has been restoring some double hung windows for a 1920's- built Spanish building. We did the same thing on our Silver Lake property years ago but had to hunt all over Pasadena and East L.A. for parts. He was thrilled to walk into Silver Lake Architectural Salavage and be able to find sash pulleys by the handful and even 5 perfectly sized window sashes at the incredible price of $5 each! Yes, there's will be stripping, sanding and painting ahead, but how wonderful to have original, beautiful working windows in place once again. They're not kidding when they say "The don't make ‘em like they used to"!
New stock arrives at the store every single day so if they don't have what you are looking for the first time you go, keep checking back and eventually they probably will. You can ask the owners to notify you if something becomes available. If you're anything like me, after visiting Silver Lake Salvage once, you'll find yourself returning again and again.
For more information on Silver Lake, Echo Park, Los Feliz, and surrounding areas, contact me directly at 213-215-4758 or check out LApropertySolutions.com
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