Gray Fox Real Estate and Gray Fox Properties value construction practices that lower our consumption of natural resources. We want to showcase local places where you can find existing construction materials for your home or project.
Why is this a thing?
“Landfills emit greenhouse gases, harbor disease carriers such as rats and flies, and reduce natural habitat” according to HowStuffWorks. By reusing existing materials, less materials are sent to the landfills and the need for energy to produce new materials is reduced. Also, a lot of old stuff is really beautiful. They don’t make ‘em like they used to!
Below are some local businesses that collect salvaged materials through donations or purchases. Typically the materials are ideal for small parts of a large project (like building a house) or for smaller projects (like refurbishing a new piece of furniture or finding unique decorative items).
Portland Architectural Salvage - Portland, ME
Portland Architectural Salvage is located in Portland on Preble Street. Their website has 15 categories of items to browse for things like wood, windows, lighting, and new arrivals. Below are just a few examples of the beautiful doors they have that can be reused or repurposed as whatever you can imagine up!
The Old House Parts Company - Kennebunk, ME
Located in Kennebunk, the Old House Parts Company focuses on 18th, 19th and early 20th century items like doors and windows to be reused or repurposed into something new.
Architectural Antiquities - Harborview, ME
Architectural Antiquities is located in Harborview, Maine. They clean and refurbish every piece they put out in their show room so they are ready for your project. Their categories cover everything you may need, even sinks and toilets.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore - Portland, ME
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore “sells donated new and gently used building materials, appliances and furniture at greatly reduced prices.” The proceeds help support Habitat for Humanity, which helps to create opportunities for affordable homeownership in Cumberland County.
Orphan Annie’s Antiques - Auburn, ME
Orphan Annie’s Antiques has furniture and light fixtures as well as more unique items like phonographs and victrolas.