REPURPOSING WITH SALVAGED MATERIALS

UTILIZATION OF SALVAGE MATERIALS IN DC HOMES

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Re-purposing With Salvaged Materials

Why re-purpose with salvaged materials?
It’s a great way to save money and add character an existing space may lack. Take advantage of DC Metro re-purposing resources!
Recycled building materials in Washington and Northern Virginia
Recycling and re-purposing with salvaged materials has become de rigueur for many interior designers and decorators. Now, DIYers are joining in to take advantage of more widely available trash-to-treasure opportunities in home rehabbing and decorating. It’s chic to re-purpose and doing so can save home owners hundreds–even thousand–of dollars in materials costs.
Consider deconstruction or salvage of your home
Consider reuse of building materials in your new design and construction. The BMRA promotes deconstruction and materials resue, has launched a standardized deconstruction training certification curriculum for community colleges, provides local resources for homeowners who want to re-purpose building materials and finishes, and promotes DC Metro contractors who re-purpose. http://www.bmra.org/home Not only is re-purposing popular among designers and DC Metro homeowners, it has gained favor in the construction industry. Developers are learning that they can create on-trend products that cost less to construct. There are many resources for re-purposed materials and finishes in Washington DC and Northern Virginia. See some of our suggestions below. You may have to spend some time finding exactly what you’re looking for. It will help to have your specifications jotted down in a little notebook you can carry with you (in case you stumble across a “find” when you’re not actively looking). Include measurements, a color palette, and notes or photos of the existing space and furnishings/finishes.

Salvage Houses & Specialty Vendors

LEAD PAINT
Be reminded that just as houses constructed before 1978 in Washington DC and Northern Virginia may contain lead-based paint, components manufactured prior to 1978 may also contain lead paint. Doors, window frames, flooring and other painted wood should be evaluated for possible presence of lead based paint. In 1978 that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) banned lead in paints. There are special techniques involved in removing lead based paint and working with items containing lead based paint. See the lead based paint section of this website for more information on lead paint remediation.
Maximizing your savings
Shop for salvaged items in Washington DC and Northern Virginia just as you would anything else; look for bargains, consider condition, negotiate when possible and factor in delivery or shipping costs. One of the best deals on re-purposed building materials can be wood flooring, a “must have” in DC real estate. From heart-of-pine to the exotics, the determined shopper can find deals on vintage or antique floor boards made of high quality woods that are very expensive purchased new. Community Forklift touts their stock of fabulous old doors, another item that can net big savings when compared to new doors made of solid wood. Community Forklift sells doors as cheaply as $10 to $15. You may have to remove layers of paint (refer again to the lead based paint section of this site), but what beauties you can uncover! Adorn your door with a vintage or antique knob from the Brass Knob or a “new vintage” glass model from Anthropologie, and you’ve got a fabulous statement piece! The same goes for vintage and antique light fixtures, so popular paired with industrial, farmhouse chic and mid-century modern decorating styles. If the fixtures haven’t been recently rewired, visit a Washington DC or Northern Virginia lighting supply store and see how easy and cost-effective rewiring can be. Factor in delivery or van rental costs if you don’t have a vehicle large enough to take your item home.
The value of salvage building components
If well incorporated, salvaged and re-purposed elements add panache and “green” selling points to Washington DC and Northern Virginia home values. Artfully and tastefully applied, they can boost a home’s individuality in a way that is appealing to many home buyers. While you may not realize a specific dollar amount for individual items, they can certainly add to overall appeal and marketability, helping your Washington DC real estate or Northern Virginia real estate to stand out and sell more quickly.

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Susan not only worked hard to help my wife and me find the perfect place, she was a dogged (and effective) negotiator on our behalf once we zeroed-in. She knows the market and knows the area, but best of all she knows how to play hardball and get things done—exactly what we needed in an agent.
Susan responded immediately and impressed me with her patience and almost supernatural ability to find the perfect place for me despite some significant constraints (time, location, finances). I was not an easy case, but she never made me feel like I was a ‘burden’ or ‘not her first priority’. Above all, she treated me with respect and honesty.
In today’s market in this area, you cannot rely on luck to get you that perfect place or a great deal – you need to have an agent who knows the market cold, is aggressive, and effective – Susan is all of those things and more.
In today’s market in this area, you cannot rely on luck to get you that perfect place or a great deal – you need to have an agent who knows the market cold, is aggressive, and effective – Susan is all of those things and more.
Susan and Alex are superstar agents. There is no one else I’d want on my side of a real estate transaction. My wife and I first met Susan in 2010 when she helped us buy our first home, a condo. We were so impressed by her deep local knowledge, tenacious negotiating, 24/7 efforts on our behalf, and clear guidance on the home-buying process that we didn’t consider going with anyone else when we decided to buy a 3-BR in our dream neighborhood. We were not disappointed. After a few weeks, we found the perfect house at the perfect listing price. We knew it would be competitive, but Susan and Alex provided expert advice on how to make the offer, and in the end, we provided terms just attractive enough to end the process in our favor, but no higher than final appraisal and just above what their agent later admitted was their line. They also did a fabulous job of staging and selling our condo, which netted $30K over selling price after six strong offers during just two-days of being on the market. They get amazing results and are a blast to work with.
Susan is sooo responsive–pretty much 24-7. She made what could have been a difficult situation very easy to navigate. I couldn’t have bought my property without her, I’m sure. I recommend Susan VERY HIGHLY. She is a delight to work with.
We expected an extremely stressful experience when we decided to sell our home of over 25 years and buy a condo, especially because we live nearly 3000 miles away, yet the Isaacs Team was beyond exceptional in their competent guidance, attention to detail, follow through, and simply doing what they said they would do. While other realtors said, "this is what you need to do;" this team said, "we can do this for you!" Our process was smooth and quick, and they designed a strategy and negotiated a sale well above our asking price; and a purchase price below asking - both in the same market. They are also a pleasure to work with in every respect. Please know that you can turn this difficult personal event over to true professionals and emerge with happy results and fast friends. We highly recommend this team in every regard.
Susan and Alex are superstar agents. There is no one else I’d want on my side of a real estate transaction. My wife and I first met Susan in 2010 when she helped us buy our first home, a condo. We were so impressed by her deep local knowledge, tenacious negotiating, 24/7 efforts on our behalf, and clear guidance on the home-buying process that we didn’t consider going with anyone else when we decided to buy a 3-BR in our dream neighborhood. We were not disappointed. After a few weeks, we found the perfect house at the perfect listing price. We knew it would be competitive, but Susan and Alex provided expert advice on how to make the offer, and in the end, we provided terms just attractive enough to end the process in our favor, but no higher than final appraisal and just above what their agent later admitted was their line. They also did a fabulous job of staging and selling our condo, which netted $30K over selling price after six strong offers during just two-days of being on the market. They get amazing results and are a blast to work with. 
When a property popped up in a neighborhood that she and I had scouted, Susan was there within the hour and insisted it was worth us leaving work to check out. If we had a less responsive Realtor, I am convinced that we would not have our amazing house now. Susan’s advice is invaluable. You need a Realtor that knows her stuff. And Susan does!
Susan not only worked hard to help my wife and me find the perfect place, she was a dogged (and effective) negotiator on our behalf once we zeroed-in. She knows the market and knows the area, but best of all she knows how to play hardball and get things done—exactly what we needed in an agent.
Susan is knowledgeable, friendly and very responsive–she got back to us immediately to answer any of our questions at any hour. Even as first-time homebuyers who could be somewhat indecisive at times, she understood what we were looking for in a home, didn’t hesitate to answer our questions and always had our best interests in mind. Her warm, welcoming attitude and confident guidance really took the stress out of a process that, before we met Susan, we had assumed would be overwhelming and beyond our reach.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that Susan did the work of both the buyer’s and seller’s agent, spotting and solving problems using a powerful combination of intuition and experience. She brought her impressive professional network to bear on one problem to such great effect that the buyer’s lender gave me–the seller–a closing cost credit. When does that ever happen? 
Susan is a true client advocate who worked tirelessly on my behalf to ensure my purchasing goals were met. We hit some seller stumbling blocks along the way, and Susan used her experience and knowledge to ensure every box was checked on my behalf – She was my personal Bulldog. Her experience in the builder realm proved extremely valuable during the entire process.
Susan was an invaluable part of my new home purchase from beginning to end. She quickly understood what I liked, previewed properties and showed me homes that fit our criteria. She made herself extremely available through the process and worked with us through every aspect of the transaction. Susan was so much fun as an agent that she took the anxiety out of the home buying process. I would work with Susan again in a heartbeat.
My husband and I loved working with Susan and Alex. This was my 9th real estate purchase but the first time that I have used The Isaacs Team. They were the best agents I have worked with and I can not accurately describe how impressed we were! They were amazing and extremely detailed. They went over and above for us in neighborhood research, service, and contract negotiations. I found them to be extremely responsive, always available, and 100% competitent in their knowledge of the markets they serve. I was really impreseed by their extensive knowledge of the real estate contract. I must say that I was incredibly impressed. They made the process easy and held our hands through difficult negotiations. I will be their client for life!

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