Antique stone pavers reclaimed from development projects in China cap the knee walls and act as floating steps. The aged patina on these stones is impossible to reproduce since it comes from hundreds of years of use and adds a historical permanence to the garden.
Recycling is a cornerstone of Atlanta homeowners Helene Ross and Eric Connolly's lives. The couple actually live next door with their five rescue dogs and three cats. But this historic West End bungalow is their latest pet project, an upcycled marvel that had been in serious disrepair which they refurbished themselves. "It was the problem house of the neighborhood" says Eric. The couple used salvaged goods from the local Lifecycle Building Center to bring their project in without spending a fortune. A high-end non-profit salvage yard with a mission of rescuing historical elements and keeping them out of landfills, Lifecycle rescues appliances, millwork, doors and anything else you can think of from properties that homeowners can then purchase at a deep discount. A number of businesses and film productions also rely on Lifecycle for vintage design elements and there is always the chance that the vintage wooden door or mantel they pick up made a cameo in a Hollywood film production.