Tiny House Chat episode:
- Ryan notes that reclaimed materials can be a hassle, a lot of work, and not necessarily dependable. Macy thinks using some reclaimed materials is great for the budget
- Used reclaimed materials most likely shouldn’t be used in structural components of the house, but new reclaimed materials would work (i.e. surplus lumber from a construction company)
- Structural components: stud, sheathing, roof, trusses, hurricane ties, lug bolts, strapping, fasteners, nails, screws
- Critical system components that aren’t easily accessible should also be new
- Plumbing, electrical wiring, electrical outlets
- What are good components to use reclaimed materials for?
- Cabinets, flooring, siding
- Windows may work reclaimed, but should consider that tempered windows are important, especially if transporting the house
- Tempered = won't shatter everywhere if broken
- Pallets are made of the lowest quality lumber and often treated with chemical products; even if washed, something nasty might have spilt on them. Don’t put them inside. Don’t use them for anything structural. They take a lot of time to rework to make usable.
- Make connections within the building industry to get deals, to get those leftovers
ReStore – Habitat for Humanity