On the House: Reclaimed Materials
On the House with Mark Molthan: Reclaimed Materials
by D-Home’s Loren Means
Using reclaimed materials is truly a case of one man’s trash being another’s treasure, and Mark and his talented team of experts have mastered the art of stumbling upon garbage and turning it into gems. The trick is seeing it, knowing how to save it, and knowing how to use it. According to Mark, you want to be as creative as possible.
Incorporating these materials into your home isn’t necessarily a cost-saving technique, but including elements with history is a great way to create a truly unique space for your family to enjoy. “Money doesn’t always equal taste, but good taste will sometimes cost money. You just want to make sure to spend it in the right spots.”
Both the doors and the beams in this bedroom had a previous life. The beams were taken from a barn and the doors were constructed using wood from old railroad cars. To create the beautiful hardwood floor in this room, 100 year old pine wood was made anew.
The memorable ceiling in this dining nook was made using reclaimed bricks from a Chicago warehouse.
The black stone tiles in this floor were made from reclaimed ballast material that was used by the French and English to sail around the Cape of Good Hope to get to India. This makes for a beautiful floor and fantastic cocktail party fodder. You can’t find this material any longer, making these floors especially unique.
This fireplace was built using brick from a French mansion. It was actually purchased from France and brought to Dallas for its new purpose in this new home.GO TO ARTICLE