Go green! 5 Places to score recycled building materials cheap

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Remodeling your bathroom or adding a porch to your Atlanta home can be a venture in recycling. With...

Remodeling your bathroom or adding a porch to your Atlanta home can be a venture in recycling. With so many leftover building materials available on the resale market, it's time to go green and reduce, reuse and recycle. Ready to save some cash on your next DIY home project? Here's how!

1. Thrift Stores
Sometimes the perfect accent for your new space is hiding in the corner of a thrift store. If you're looking for lighting options, such as detailed wall sconces or funky lamps, head to the nearest thrift store or flea market that sells housewares and furnishings.

2. Habitat for Humanity Restore
The core pieces of most any remodeling project can be found at the Habitat for Humanity Restore, which houses a collection of leftover building supplies from the organization's home building efforts. From tubs and toilets, to kitchen cabinets and flooring, you can get building supplies at a fraction of retail cost.

3. Rummage Sales
Stop at the sales when looking for tools to complete your remodeling project, scrap lumber or used appliances. From trash to treasures, you can find a bit of everything at rummage sales. Picking up these extras not only funnels money into the local economy, it keeps unwanted goods from clogging the landfill. Go green!

4. Internet Ads
Log in to your favorite online classified ad or auction website. Browse for leftover building supplies that someone else over-bought or mis-measured and can't return to the store. You can usually barter for a better price and get the item the same day. This is a great way to find kitchen countertops, doors and carpet remnants.

5. Local Auction
Need several supplies? Visit a local auction. Estate sales are a great place to pick up fixtures, tools and anything that isn't bolted down. You may even find removable cabinetry or wall-mount fireplaces. If the auction is at a business location, not a private residence, expect to get even more used building supplies, such as furnaces and water heaters.

Need some help installing your recycled finds? Give a construction company in Atlanta a call to schedule an appointment or get an estimate.

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