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Architectural Salvage: A Guide to Selecting, Buying and Using Reclaimed Building Materials [Hardcover]

Geoffrey D. West
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26 Oct 2010
Whether you live in a Georgian town house, a Victorian terraced property or a 1930s semi, when it comes to carrying out repair and refurbishment work it is always better to use original materials. Salvaged items of the same vintage as the house are more likely to be in keeping with the building because their surface ageing makes them match and blend better than modern materials, and they may be of higher quality and craftsmanship. This informative guide tells you everything you need to know about tracking down and purchasing reclaimed building materials of all kinds, including bricks, roof and floor tiles, slates, timber, doors and door furniture and much more.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd (26 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847972071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847972071
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Freelance journalist/writer, living in Surrey, England, educated at Dulwich College. Journalism encompasses building and DIY, crafts, and is now predominantly travel writing. Author of five nonfiction titles (Crowood Press), and two fiction titles, which are crime thrillers in the JACK LOCKWOOD MYSTERY SERIES, published with Kindle Direct Publishing ('Rock'n'Roll Suicide' and 'Doppelganger'). Shortlisted for a previous novel ('Deadly Contact') in the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger competition. Writes two regular blogs, one of which hosts short stories, and entitled THE JACK LOCKWOOD DIARIES, featuring the protagonist in his novels. www.geoffreydavidwest.com

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Geoffrey David West is a freelance journalist and author who, since 1989, has specialized in writing articles about the refurbishment of older houses for magazines and newspapers, including Period House & Its Garden, Period Living, Practical Householder, The Times and The Sunday Times. A keen DIY builder, Geoffrey has, amongst other things, built extensions to various houses, renewed floors and walls suffering from dry rot, and taught himself plumbing, carpentry, bricklaying and other building skills. After many years of talking to salvage dealers around the country, he decided to gather together their advice in this one comprehensive book.

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3.0 out of 5 stars not what i needed 6 Mar 2014
By m. dosa
did not find this of much use a few interesting bits about choosing wood and brick.i was more into cheap and recycling than garden follies
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really handy book for salvage beginners 30 May 2012
By tm
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I have found this book really useful. Its not that large (160pages) so doesnt go into great detail - so if youre a salvage pro you probably wont get that much out of it, but has really practical information about what to look for when buying salvage items like fireplaces, cast iron baths etc.

It starts with a brief intro history about the item and uses so you can tell the different period styles, really useful info on the practicalities of what can and cant easily be restored - tips on what to look out for in each type of item and suggested sites for further research, also great for learning some of the proper terms so you dont look like a complete novice when going to buy.

Lots of glossy pictures (could probably lose a few and have more details), quotes from real people in the industry - some more useful than others. and list of contacts at the back.

Hard back but easily fits into a bag to take with you if mooching round a few yards.
but as the other reviewer said its all UK based - still possibly useful information if you are looking for british based items but the contacts will not be that useful. But as i bought it on amazon.co.uk and its printed in the uk, i didnt really expect it to have other countries periods - would be nice to see them but i think make the book to large.

all in all gave me confidence to get out there and feel like i at least had the beginnings of knowledge in order to purchase unique pieces for my renovation.
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Amazon.com: 1.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
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3.0 out of 5 stars Written for the UK Market 20 Feb 2013
By Adventurer - Published on Amazon.com
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While this book has some very good technical information about some of the materials and structural elements of houses that are found it salvage yards, it's written for the UK market. Many of the pictures depict architectural elements not commonly found in the US.
1.0 out of 5 stars Useful in England, NOT in the US 25 Jun 2013
By Carol M. Beins - Published on Amazon.com
Like other reviews for this book, it's a very nice, helpful book if you are interested in English salvage. It should have been made very clear that it is not pertinent to United States buildings and architecture. And like others, I would not have bought this book if I had known the geographical region to which it was referring. I hope another poor rating will alert others before they put their money into this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Description doesn't let you know the book is about British materials 20 Oct 2011
By Tdub - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book with the hope of learning about salvage materials used in the U.S. This book covers English (British) salvage materials,
it is not a guide for period pieces from U.S history. I give a one star rating only because the book description does not mention this. I would not have purchased if I'd known it applied to British salvage.
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