I was inspired to write this blog by an other ActiveRainer. In Baltimore we are blessed with several locations where you can buy recycled building materials, remixed paint, recycled cabinets, recycled counter tops, recycled hardware, recycled floors and the list goes on. And, yes, you can build an entire house from found materials.
The Loading Dock is located 2 N. Kresson Street, Baltimore 21224.
Their warehouse is filled to the brim with all kinds of materials. Not only do they accept donations from people who are renovating their homes but they also collect paint from landfill sites and remix them in 5 gallon bucks.
The Loading Dock is a non profit building material reuse center. For an annual membership of $10 you can shop their warehouse. They have a great website with lots of ideas and also offer how to classes if you aren't familiar with how to do certain things.
The loading dock makes the following suggestions to help with your shopping experience:
- keep your membership current
- bring a tape measure
- be sure you come with a way to bring your finds home
- shop with a friend to help carry your stuff
- and give yourself lots of time to roam.
Second Chance is located at 1645 Warner Street, Baltimore, MD 21230, they also have locations in Philadelphia and Washington DC.
Second Chance is an architectural salvage yard and gives gives old buildings new life. They work with local and regional architects, builders and contractors to search out old buildings which are entering the demolition phase.
Second Chance rescues the wood, metal, marble, plaster, stone and other architectural elements that make the building special. The salvage is then stored in their warehouse where these pieces are given new lives, in new homes, in new ways, with new uses.
Second Chance is also working with some of the low-income residents of Baltimore to train them in a wide variety of skill sets, ranging from carpentry to craftsmanship. Their goal is to create skilled workers who can make a living wage with benefits for themselves and their families truly teaching that second chances aren't just for old buildings but also for people.
Second Chance has five warehouses and each houses different types of building materials and architectural items. You'll definitely want to give yourself enough time to roam and take in all the items you can find here.
Many of my clients shop for items at both these locations to give interest to their renovations but also to keep items from going to the landfill and doing their part for the environment. Not only are they helping the environment but they are also keeping the cost of their renovation down and passing that gain along to the end user, the buyer. It is truly possible to renovate an entire house and to build an entire house using recycled materials found at either of these great locations in Baltimore.
By shopping there you are keeping items out of the land fill, using recycled materials, and providing opportunities for those less fortunate in our communities.