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Restore or Replace? Here’s What You Should Salvage (And Ditch) During a Reno

As a renovator, I’ve struggled with the amount of waste produced during the home improvement process. I was living a professional Catch-22 between my contribution to the unsustainable “waste age” and doing what I love – renovating. I found myself wanting to repair everything (and donate what I could), but quickly realized that not everything is salvageable, and sometimes more resources are required to repair something than to remove it. Not sure where to begin? Here’s my list of common renovation materials that should either be restored or replaced.

Brian McCourt is a contractor, design expert and co-host of HGTV Canada’s Backyard Builds.



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