Reclaimed building material and reclaimed building materials can be a major asset to an owner in the aftermath of a fire or flood, as they can be quickly recycled and reused.
But there’s more to reclaiming land than just building materials.
“Reclaimed building is really about finding a way to reuse the land, to build on the land,” said Kristy Smith, a California landowner and landscape designer.
“It’s also about finding ways to reuse all the natural materials that have been left behind, all the water that’s gone out and that’s all being reused.”
The first step is finding the right materials to reclaim.
Smith says a lot of land in California is left behind when developers bulldoze land and rebuild roads and housing complexes.
In the aftermath, the land is usually used to make materials for buildings.
Smith says the first step in reclaiming a site is finding what materials are in the area.
She says you’ll need to be creative to find the right reclaimed building material.
She recommends buying reclaimed building equipment and tools.
After you’ve bought reclaimed materials, Smith recommends having a specialist perform a quality assurance inspection.
Smith has an entire inventory of reclaimed building products on hand at her office in Sacramento.
Once the reclaimed building tools and equipment are in place, Smith says it’s up to the owner to build their home on it.
Reclaimed materials are often used for foundations and roofing.
Smith recommends starting with a concrete foundation.
She said it can take a few months to complete a foundation.
Then she recommends putting up a roof over the foundations to provide a natural foundation for the walls.
The owner then can add wood, bamboo, and even a few other materials to create the roof, such as an old house or garage.
Next, the owner will use reclaimed building wood to fill in the cracks in the roof.
Next, the roof will be filled with reclaimed building concrete to fill the cracks.
If the owner has access to a local contractor, Smith said they can start building the foundation in a few weeks.
Smith said if the owner doesn’t have access to the contractor, the first few steps can take years.
“If you can’t find someone that’s going to do it, I think it’s probably a good idea to start it yourself,” she said.
She said the reclaimed materials can take up to six months to make a home on the reclaimed land.
She suggested the home should be at least 2,000 square feet.
When the home is completed, the reclaimed material can be used to repair the damage to the building or other materials.
Smith advises that the materials should be recycled in a manner that preserves the landscape and the environment.
According to Smith, the most important thing is to leave behind a landscape that is as beautiful as possible.
She recommended building an outdoor patio with an enclosed fountain for water.