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Going on a Scavenger Hunt to Finish Your Kitchen Renovation

Cara Fox, an inside designer in Salt Lake City, has trekked out to Orange County, Calif., six instances over the previous a number of years in the hunt for high-end discards. She comes again with truckloads of supplies that she repurposes, like a farmhouse desk that she became a laundry-room island for a shopper. “Find these high-end ZIP codes where people are constantly remodeling every five years and they’re getting rid of really good stuff,” she stated.

Ms. Fox, the principal designer on the Fox Group, usually places the phrase in with contractors, telling them what she’s searching for. When they arrive throughout an merchandise she would possibly like, she shortly snatches it up — arriving and taking the fabric earlier than they get rid of it. “If you take the work off their plate, you can get a lot of salvaged pieces for free,” she stated.

But as an odd home-owner with no personal contacts within the constructing trades, the thought of calling up a contractor and begging for tiles appears unusual. I requested Jack Finn, a contractor in Montclair, N.J., who usually takes on six- and seven-figure tasks, whether or not he ever passes off luxurious items to keen householders. “It’s unrealistic,” he stated of the thought of a home-owner coming to take, say, a farmhouse sink or a set of picket cupboards. “It’s like used clothing — you wouldn’t have people coming into your closets” to choose by way of the castoffs.



Mr. Finn presently has a shopper who purchased a window, however then determined he wished a door for the area as an alternative. It’s a completely good window, however Mr. Finn doesn’t have the time to discover somebody to take it. “It’s too much trouble and too much organization,” he stated.

Even a charity group like Renovation Angel, which resells luxurious kitchens, isn’t a real looking choice for the lone window. While Mr. Finn has made preparations for the nonprofit to come to his job websites prior to now to take away cabinetry, it now not takes single-item donations (for essentially the most half). Instead, it first assesses potential donations and accepts complete kitchens — cupboards, home equipment and counter tops — disassembling the supplies and reselling them as units. It additionally sells luxurious lavatory and kitchen fixtures and home equipment individually, like Thermador and Viking ranges or Waterworks taps.

For individuals like me, the Renovation Angel showroom in Fairfield, N.J., is a potential jackpot, which is how I ended up there earlier this month, wandering the huge area taking a look at different individuals’s oven hoods, fridges and cupboards in the hunt for one thing that may assist hold my price range in test.

I nonetheless haven’t discovered it, however I’m certain it’s right here someplace.

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