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Are you looking to recycle and repurpose materials in your renovation? Stay environmentally friendly while renovating your retreat-style home to simply reduce your ecological footprint whilst transforming your old materials into sophisticated furniture and decor pieces. There are numerous ways you can stylishly repurpose timber, windows, bricks, and more:

1. Timber beams to stylish accents

Exposed ceiling trusses add an inviting element to any room. Replicate this retreat-style feature with the leftover timber beams from your renovation. Accent ceilings can add a rustic style, especially when complemented with exposed brick. This is a great way to draw attention to the contrasting texture in the room, leaving it warm and welcoming.

Architectural timber trusses are an efficient construction and installation that results in a timeless feature that can be enjoyed through many homestyle trends to come. We drew upon this feature in our Woodlands retreat-style renovation, adding stylish timber features to communal spaces in the home.  

2. Revamp your windows into stylish decor pieces

Before you throw out those old windows there are some great ways that you can repurpose them, which will create raw long-lasting visual impact in your newly renovated home. Here are a few simple tricks of the trade:

  • Place pictures in the divided frames for an expressive collage
  • Paint glass with chalkboard paint to create a place to write notes
  • Attach hooks to a frame and hang by the door

Another great trick is to create a greenhouse out the back, paying homage to the older aspects of the house and giving the old windows life once again. 

3. Brick walls to stylish garden features

Old bricks are a great way to breathe new life into your landscape as they come in an array of colours, shapes and sizes. Simply give them a clean to remove any dirt, or keep them the way they are depending on what kind of feature you are looking for in the garden. Some simple tips and tricks:

  • A garden bench is a great way to add some style to your backyard. If you have enough space to create an ottoman style, throw a few large pillows on there when entertaining.
  • Brick fire pits are a great added feature to any entertainment space.
  • Combine windows and bricks by creating a smaller sized greenhouse – perhaps save this for the master bricklayer as this requires breaking bricks on an angle.
  • Raised brick planters are a great rustic look for all of those vegetables and herbs.
  • If your property is on a slope, utilising leftover bricks for steps can add character to your home.
  • Edging your garden beds can sharpen the look of your garden.

Utilising old or leftover bricks is great for the environment, and your conscience, enabling renovators like yourself to reduce their carbon footprint.

4. Timber floor to cabinetry and furniture

Hardwood floorboards are ideal for flooring, but they are also incredible material for furniture and decor revamping. Your hardwood floor can be repurposed and reused as an indoor or outdoor coffee table, accent wall, and more. Other timber floorboard design ideas to add character to your retreat-style home:

  • Storage unit
  • Kitchen cabinet
  • Wood décor objects
  • Dining table

Tip: Ensure you finish your new piece with varnish to give it a polished finish.

5. Relocate light features

It might seem like a simple move, but this has a long-lasting impact. Simply relocating light features in the home can deliver new ways for the room to be perceived. Lighting has a remarkable way to alter the look and feel of a home. You might find that you can create a refreshing ambience by moving your old pendant lights from your bathroom and into your dining room. Don’t be shy to play around with the relocation – you want it to have a calm and airy feel, so you can enjoy that holiday feeling all year round.

To find out more about tips and tricks to create a retreat-style home, get in touch with the Mornington Peninsula’s retreat-style renovations and extensions expert, Relish Homes, today!