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Old 02-13-2013, 08:23 PM
 
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So my wife and I are looking at a fixer-upper in Rochester Hills, and were wondering if anyone had recommendations about places to shop for building supplies and remodeling stuff. When we lived in Chattanooga, TN we were able to find really good deals on custom doors, unique furniture, and odd lots of stone and hardwood flooring at Southeastern Salvage.

Does anyone know of anywhere like this in the Detroit area? We are planning to check out the Architectural Salvage Warehouse, but didn't know if there were other places where one might find good deal on unique or custom doors, millwork, and other materials.

-NoCapo
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:07 PM
 
Location: west mich
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Habitat for Humanity ReStores?
http://www.michiganrestores.org/
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:55 AM
 
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Sounds interesting! We'll check them out. Have you been to any of them? Have a particular location that is better than others?

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-NoCapo
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:43 AM
 
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Sounds interesting! We'll check them out. Have you been to any of them? Have a particular location that is better than others?

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-NoCapo
Being in west Michigan I went to Holland and Allegan (which strangely doesn't show on the map). But every store is different and deals in resale of used reclamation items and overages from their projects - so you might find anything.
Little of what they have is currently available in mainstream building supply stores - lots of stuff from older homes, even masonry. Seems like the ones in the Detroit area might be even better than the ones out here.
Fun to browse, think of them as Goodwill Stores for building supplies.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:03 PM
 
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Used to ba a really good one at Greenfield and 96. It was huge.
When we were redoing our bungalow in Arts & Crafts style we found so much stuff we could use at the Greenfield store.


HFH Detroit ReStore


12630 Greenfield Rd
Detroit, MI 48227
ph: (313) 653-4890
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Probably your best bet is ASW (Architectural Salvage Warehouse) in Detroit. They skim off the nicer parts of houses and buildings that are being torn down and then sell them. They are a non-profit and their pricing is usually their best guess. Thus some things tend to be absurdly cheap and others are ridiculously expensive. Sometimes they are right in sync with the market prices.

Restores frequenelty have newer things. A lot of left overs or minor damage items donated by places like Home Depot.

For really expensive but cool restored light fixtures look at Materials Unlimited in ypsilanti.

Reproduction hardware and push button light switches from Classic Accents in Southgate (internet sales only, not walk in store).

there are several small salvage places in Detroit. (For profit). They look like junk yards. Their prices vary, but are usually high. I avoid them because I believe the things they sell are probably pilfered.

Online:

Historichouseparts.com Some of their prices are reasonable. Great selection.

Signature Hardware. Very nice mid priced reproductoin plumbing fixtures.

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