Building green is the hottest home construction trend and you can make your home even greener by using reclaimed products in conjunction with our house plans. Not only do reclaimed products save resources but they give you a sense of character and history that you can’t get with off-the-shelf products. But there are other benefits to reclaimed products that you might not think of. In addition to keeping these one-of-a-kind items out of landfills here are a few other benefits of incorporating reclaimed materials into your house plan.
Compared to new products, reclaimed products, especially old-growth wood, are much stronger and will last longer. Old wood is based on growth life and the tightness of the grain. The tighter the grain is the more durable the wood is, making old-growth wood much stronger than the fresh wood from the big-box stores. Old wood has also settled and shrunk into a more permanent form, creating less of a hassle down the road.
Reclaimed products require less maintenance simply because they have already become worn over time. The result is a storied look that is becoming increasingly popular. It’s especially great if you are going for a rustic look in a new Craftsman or farm house plan.
Sense of History
People love the idea of using eco-friendly materials in their building, but they also like the added character and nostalgia that’s achieved with reclaimed products.
Whether you are looking to build your home off the grid, make your home as green as possible, or you simply want your new home to have a sense of history, using reclaimed products is the perfect solution for you. Take a moment and browse through The House Designers collection of energy-efficient house plans, these designs would look great with some reclaimed products as accents.