I Own Australia's Best Home

How To Reuse and Repurpose Materials in Your Home

The hosts of I Own Australia's Best Home share their expert upcycling tips!

“If you’re lucky enough to be doing a new build, it’s really worth looking at recycling and being as eco-conscious as possible.” – Tim Leveson

One of the best ways to add personality to your home – and save some cash at the same time – is to find a way to reuse and repurpose materials, be it for your build itself or for your decor.

1. Use offcuts.

Damien and Gina’s Quirky Cottage is full of intricate and surprising details, many of which spring from their ingenious way of repurposing materials. From their brick pizza oven courtesy of their demolition, to their bench made of deck off cuts, to their dining table made from old bowling alley floorboards, they’ve found a way to give character to the pieces in their home.

Tip: Save your offcuts! And if you don’t have a spare bowling alley lying around, you can still benefit from salvage yards and roadside finds.

2. Think outside the boundaries.

John and Anne’s Bayside Modern is a dynamic and adventurous property that was years in the making. Its owners previously lived next door, but when the beachside block came up for sale, they snapped it up to combine both titles into one, and their old home became the new tennis court!

Tip: if you’re not 100% satisfied with your block, keep an eye on neighbouring properties – you never know when the perfect patch of land will be up for grabs.

3. Prevent landfill.

Much like Damien and Gina, Joanna and Peter were keen to minimise the landfill associated with their Eco Beach Home. Their savvy savings are best seen with their stunning lounge room feature wall, a multi-dimensional piece of art comprised of fence palings, floorboards and window frames.

Tip: Unwanted material can not only be used to construct furniture, it works just as nicely as an artistic focal point in your interiors.

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