The main question here is. Why do you want to recycle or reuse certain materials?

If there are certain things in the house that you really love and therefore you want to keep them. Yes, go for it.

Or if your main drive is that certain elements or items are too nice to send them to land-fill or give them away and your aim is to have a low carbon footprint. Then of course, the answer is obviously yes.

However, if you are planning to recycle and reuse materials because you do want save money you should rethink. In most instances recycling and reusing existing materials or fixtures and fittings is really time intense and hence often turns out being more expensive than buying things new.

For instance, if you wanted to recycle your existing bricks. It takes a really long time to take them off, and then to clean them. If you have to pay someone to do this for you it will cost much more than just buying new bricks. One alternative is to buy recycled bricks. They are about the same cost than new bricks, maybe sometimes a bit cheaper and you can get the nice recycled brick look and feel for you home, without paying a premium for it.

On the other hand, if you are hands on yourself and if you are able and willing to do the hard work yourself you can actually safe some money. You could recycle and clean bricks, timber floorboards or other elements in your house. But keep in mind, is it worth while taking annual leave or long service leave for this? Or does it make more sense to pay someone to work on your house so that you can earn money instead to pay for your mortgage?

If you are unsure about your own house and want to discuss your options, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.