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Architectural Salvage - A Guide to Selecting, Buying and Using Reclaimed Building Materials

By Geoffrey David West

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ISBN: 9781847972071
PUBLISHED: 21/10/2010
PAGES: 176
SIZE: 246x189 mm
INSIDE: 250 colour photographs

Whether you live in a Georgian town house, a Victorian terraced property or a 1930s semi, when it comes to carrying out repair and refurbishment work it is always better to use original materials. This informative guide tells you everything you need to know about tracking down and purchasing reclaimed building materials of all kinds, including bricks, roof and floor tiles, slates, timber, doors and door furniture, and much more.

Topics covered include:

  • Buying tips and checkpoints to save you time and money, and key information to help you spot a bargain and avoid a scam
  • Helps the reader to differentiate between a genuine antique, an item with terminal flaws and a modern reproduction
  • How to judge and assess materials; for example, how to tell the difference between steel and wrought or cast iron, or between 1740s carved marble and a 21st-century resin reproduction
  • Comprehensive glossaries for each category of building item
  • Demystifies the salvage jargon and reveals insider secrets and tricks of the trade
  • How second-hand prices relate to those of newly made items
  • The practicalities of using salvaged items to repair your home
  • Supplies advice from experts including conservation architects, salvage dealers, architectural historians and master builders
  • A comprehensive history of the development of each type of popular building material or item
  • Lists the main salvage dealers around the country, arranged according to counties

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" If you are doing up a house, or thinking about it, and you want to use historic materials in a green and eco-friendly way, then buy this book! "
Review Type: Press
Reviewed By: Salvo

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