Last summer I wrote a post about my visit to Build It Green! Brooklyn, and I recently had a chance to check out their 2nd location in Astoria Queens. Build It Green! NYC is a non-profit retail outlet for salvaged and surplus building materials. They collect donations of unwanted building materials and furnishings, and sell them at discounted prices at their locations in Queens and Brooklyn. They have everything from appliances and plumbing fixtures to furniture and hardwood flooring. Keep reading to see some pics from their huge warehouse, and learn more about how you can support green building:
Bright green signage points the way to the spacious Queens warehouse, which has been open since 2005.
They've got tons of furniture - tables, chairs, desks, dressers, you name it. I spy some goodies in there that are just screaming for a makeover - "Take me home, and make me pretty!"
I'm sure there are plenty of artists in NYC who could think of some creative ways to reuse this one-of-a-kind vintage card catalog. And this glass coffee table is super cool and chic for only $125!
You can find washer/dryers, microwaves, air conditioners, stoves, and more in the appliances section. This Viking range, complete with stainless steel backsplash and hood, is in great shape.
There is no shortage of doors - they have all kinds of styles ranging from simple and modern to vintage and ornate. The doors are organized by size, so it helps to have an idea what size you need for your space.
I'm in love with these elegant black doors with antique leaded glass. They are really stunning and will completely transform your space.
They have tons of toilets, tubs, and sinks in the bath section. This gorgeous marble vanity top with double sinks and faucets is absolutely gorgeous, and a steal at $750!
You can also find reclaimed lumber flooring. The Red Oak flooring (left) is $9.50 per square foot. I love the graining on the American Chestnut (right), which is $12.50 per square foot. The lumber comes untreated, but you can stain it whatever color you like. Figure out how much square footage you'll need, and Build It Green will do their best to accommodate your needs.
Here are some ways that you can help support green building:
If you are remodeling your home or business, consider donating any unwanted items to Build It Green. Be sure to contact them first to make sure they are willing to accept your donation. If it's a good fit, they can come pick it up for free!
Managing tons and tons of building materials is no easy task, and extra hands are always appreciated. There are lots of ways to help out. I volunteered at BIG! Brooklyn, and spent several hours with a group of 6 other volunteers removing nails and screws from some recently donated floor joists. I don't have a lot of building experience, so it was a great opportunity to get my hands on some tools and learn the basics. De-nailing the wood was really relaxing and satisfying work. After a few hours, we had a big pile of de-nailed wood stacked up, and it felt good.
When shopping at Build It Green, it's best to keep an open mind, and embrace imperfection. And just because it's salvaged, doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be super cheap. While you can definitely score some deals, salvaging and transporting building materials is very labor intensive business. But you can feel good knowing you saved something from the landfill, and your home will have a unique story to tell.