You Could Build a House from Recycled Building Materials

Real Estate Agent with Remax New Beginnings MD RE License 579412

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. 


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June Piper-Brandon ~ Associate Broker ~ CDPE, CIAS, ePro, MRP

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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
Excellent post.  Super to know half gallons of paint here and there are collected and put to good use!  Land fills....there are getting full!
Feb 24, 2008 01:57 AM #1
Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP - Houston, TX
Houston, Texas
sounds like a lot more of a headace. I'll go eat a steak and use new materials
Feb 24, 2008 02:03 AM #2
Sharon "Toni" Brown
Exit Realty United - South Ozone Park, NY
South Ozone Park - New York City Real Estate
Well I need to balance that last comment with a HERE! HERE!  It is so important that we all do our part to preserve the environment.  Some people think that there little contribution or lack of contribution will not make a difference.  We have to understand that it is about a LOT of people doing a little bit.  Our combined efforts can change the direction that our environment is heading.  Great post!
Feb 24, 2008 11:48 PM #3
Kent Simpson
Realty One Group Mountain Desert - Tucson, AZ
Real Estate Is About People
It seems a shame and a waste that so much goes into the landfill when homes get renovated or updated.  Nice to see there are places that can do what these businesses are doing...don't know about the half-cans of paint, though...
Feb 27, 2008 03:29 PM #4
JoEllen Stranger-Thorsen
Eustis, FL
Lake County, FL
I would love something like that here. My friend went to North Carolina to purchase reclaimed hardwood floors for her new house and I just love the look. It's a bonus that these things don't end up in a landfill.
Mar 18, 2008 01:35 AM #5
cement block

I don't know that we can build a house from recycled building materials.

Mar 18, 2009 09:33 PM #7
Building materials

It is nice idea of building your homes from recycled materials.

Apr 17, 2009 03:43 PM #8
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