Architectural Adventures in Salvage Decorating

Finding great architectural salvage treasures is truly a unique and "outside of the box" adventure where
new shopping rules and road maps apply. The typical antique "treasure map" or antique guide, trade journal or flyer on the shelf of your local antique store will not lead you to the "gold at the end of the rainbow".

So just where do you find the "treasure troves"?

Here is a online search guide to help your quest:

1. Start your search on your favorite search engine. It is important to know that each search engine has different listings, orders and web sites. As a salvage dealer myself I am always amazed at the difference in ranking, links, and new listings that I find depending on what search engine I use. Try the "major" engines and you will find different unique paths to wander.

2. Here are some search phrases to try:
- a) architectural salvage in ( add your region i.e.

western Pennsylvania or Southern Calfornia)
- b) use the term "architectural salvage" in front of the category you are looking for (such as architectural windows, architectural doors, etc.). Use advanced search option to locate the same category by your region.
- c) the term "demolition companies" by your desired region.
- d) another fertile area is the term "old building materials" by your region.
- e) try "salvage building materials" regionally.

3. Larger more complete phone books will also yield pay dirt under some of these categories.

4. Trade journals will sometimes list salvage resources.

5. Several architectural salvage directories now appear on the internet. Key in "Architectural Salvage Directory" and many times they will provide salvage yard listings by State.


Ebay "stores" are a source of location of serious architectural salvage yards. When you do product look ups of architectural items, look for multiple listings of the same dealer and then see if they have a "visit our store" page in the header on the upper right side of the listing.

7. The higher end Flea Markets now have some savvy dealers selling really unusual salvage finds. The larger monthly shows are usually more productive because the dealers have a month to restock and pursue their own sourcing networks.

Habitat for Humanity in addition to doing very good humanitarian work also is a potential treasure trove. They specialize in recycling building materials. Some "Habitat stores" have a orientation for older materials....others are primarily new materials. Give them a call ask about their stocks.

Remember in all of these potential resources there is a "one of a kind" type of assortment by nature. Most salvage yards have relatively "high rates of sale" meaning their merchandise both arrives and departs fairly quickly. There are always a steady source of "architectural salvage" customers looking for the great finds. When you find a convenient place (whose specialty in price and taste fits yours) develop a relationship with the operator visiting them often. You also may be able to leave your name and number with some of them requesting contacts when particularly tasty arrivals come in!

The "deeper you dig" and the more time you spend in the "search" the "LUCKIER YOU WILL GET!"!! Think outside of the box and look for alternative sources of new treasures. The reward will be the architectural gems you desire!

Good luck, great shopping and treasure hunting!

Dog House Designs Options

If you are a dog owner, it is important to decide carefully on how your pet's house would look like. There are various dog house designs available from which you can choose from. There are literally hundreds or even thousands of blogs, design contractors and companies that can help you decide on the home of your beloved dog's home.

A lot of people would most likely pick a plain, simple, and traditional design of a dog house. However, some are more willing to experiment so they follow modern celebrity trends. Some well-off dog owners would even come up with a grand design for their dog's house. Some designs are Hacienda-like or colonial in nature.

Dog houses can either be indoor or outdoor. Therefore, the designs should be customized as well depending on your area.

For dog owners who live inside townhouses or condominiums, it is expected that there is a little space available where the dog house can be placed. There are different topnotch and classy dog house designs that can actually fit inside your home. You can be resourceful and creative by turning end and coffee tables into a getaway for your pet. You can build custom cupboard and sofas that can allow your dog to have its privacy, which is quite important in avoiding sources of stress.

On the other hand, outdoor designs of dog house are almost limitless. Perhaps, you are already familiar with the traditional design. Meanwhile, some are more than willing to invest on full-blown fancy designs of dog house.

Specifically, a barn-style or farmhouse style dog house is a good option that is best for an outdoor setting. Such designs can be custom made or ready-made. Usually, they come in affordable price tags, mainly due to the stiff competition among pet accessory stores and manufacturers these days.

Lots of designs of dog house can be made with interesting designs such as mock chimneys, self-retracting doors, and windows. If you plan to come up with your own, you need to make sure you have concrete plans on how you will go about building it up. Your option is to look for someone who is already experienced in such a task so you can have someone to help you out. As for the design for your dog's would-be house, you can browse some designs posted online or printed on different pet care magazines.

You should also consider different factors before deciding on the design of the dog house for your pet. One factor that you should consider is apparently the environment you are in. If it is a small space, you should only limit the size of the dog house. However, do not deprive your dog a space where it can freely move. Also, check your budget. You should not overspend for a dog house. While your dog must be comfortable inside the dog house, you should still consider your resources.

You can always give the best for your pet without having to spend too much.