It is so much fun digging through all the treasures to find the perfect window or the perfect door. We found great windows at ReNew for our new sugarhouse.
I love that ReNew helps cycle used and useful things back into use. Several times, I needed something specific for a house project and didn't have the first clue what I needed or where to find it. (Materials for cold frames, a pressure tank for our well, hinges for a door, etc.) The staff was incredibly helpful, listened carefully, and walked me over to exactly the thing I needed. They really know their stuff and they treated me with respect even though I was inexperienced and unsure of what I wanted. Their inventory seems to always include a huge variety of useful things (from very tiny to very large), so it's a great place to browse and find pretty much anything you need for house projects. We have also donated things we removed from our house so they could easily be found by others who could use them. ReNew has been a very helpful resource for us.
As a builder I recently found used doors that fit a 100+ year old house. The doors were a perfect match to replace the damaged ones and saved my customer a lot of money over buying new reproductions. A great resource
ReNew is an essential resource-- I find things I need, as well as inspiration for future projects. Erich and his staff always have good advice and are a pleasure to deal with. I'll be back many, many times!
Sometimes I go here for something specific, say a storm door or a window, and always come out with what I came for...plus 8 or 9 other things that are just too cool to pass up. firewood holder? check. Vaneer for mini skateboard ramp? check. office chair? check. This place is just fun.
We purchased lumber for my son's tree fort at Renew Building Materials & Salvage and are thrilled with the materials, service, and price. Without recycled materials, I could not have afforded to have the fort built. It was an exciting experience to bring my 8 year old along and have him help to choose the lumber with us. It was much more exciting field trip than shopping at a conventional building supply store. The variety of fixtures, windows, and other recycled materials was fascinating to young and old alike. And the service was extraordinary!! Keep up the good work Renew!
First of all, I believe there should be stores like ReNew in every town, because it just makes sense. Construction and demolition waste makes up a substantial portion of the waste stream, and a waste it is when it can be re-used! Second, stuff there is cheap. That matters. Especially when it's good stuff that's cheap. Third, the staff speak the language of contractors and building professionals, not canned Home Depot customer service. It's dirty, crowded, hard to find things (there are no big overhead aisle signs - and only a suggestion of aisles in the first place). This can be a charm and it can be a turn-off. You might have to ask for help (and the help is knowledgeable). In general I prefer my retail to be self-service and easy and I want to invest as little as possible in it (it's the stuff I want, not the experience). You won't get that with ReNew.
Entering Renew is like discovering a warehouse full of treasures. I am committed to buying salvaged materials when I can, but I really enjoy checking out the stock. All the pieces have a story and Renew is a great stop to get inspired for all kinds of projects, not just building and restoration. Visiting renew is a must for artisans, craftspeople, DYI'ers, and designers.
I always go to renew first whenever I need anything from nut and bolts to appliances and cabinets. Their prices are great, and Erich is really knowledgeable and helpful. I am still happy with the gas stove I bought several years ago for $100, and am thrilled with the extra kitchen cabinets i just got that matched my current cabinets for a fraction of the price.
I needed to build a cabin in a short period of time. Renew had the framing lumber, plywood, fiberglass insulation, rigid foam board, tile, cabinets, windows, doors, flooring, and bath fixtures. m My total cost was very low because of their affordable prices, and I felt much better knowing that no trees needed to be cut down to make it all come together.