Don’t spend your hard-earned renovation cash on super expensive doors. Get them second hand and you’ll also pick up some charm and character along the way.
When it comes to choosing recycled timber doors, you have two main options – salvaged doors or doors that have been made from recycled timber. See our story on recycled timber here.
Salvaged doors come from old building sites, skips or local window and door manufacturers. Often doors are made to the wrong measurements or open out instead of in. There is no harm in calling a few local suppliers to see if they can help you out with some seconds. You should be able to pick them up for under $50.
Some great websites to check include:
Top tips for finding recycled doors:
1. Know the specific sizes and style you are after. Do you want interior doors, single entry doors, double entry doors, bi folds, French doors, glass doors? You may have to be patient to get what you want but knowing exactly what you’re after will save everyone time and effort.
2. Visit recycling yards with a tape measure and some tough negotiating skills. Most of the deals are done for cash, and the more you buy the more you can save.
3. Regularly check the newspaper classifieds and eBay for materials - sometime things are free if you can remove the material yourself so make sure you have access to a ute or truck.
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