Browse in store or online. This is a vast, well-organised salvage warehouse with everything from house lots of recycled timber flooring to windows, doors, period lighting and hardware.
Hughes Renovators Paradise has rescued heritage building materials for over 30 years and is Melbourne’s largest and most tech-savvy salvage yard. Most stock is listed on their website so you can browse, make enquiries, and even organise delivery from the comfort of home.
For those who like to rummage in person, the Keysborough warehouse is a rich smorgasbord of architectural salvage. You’ll find recycled flooring and renovation timbers; 20th century doors and windows; fireplaces and mantles; original and reproduction lighting; timber fretwork; kitchen and bathroom fittings; iron lacework; roof tiles; bricks and all kinds of hardware. The collection is neatly sorted and undercover for all weather shopping.
Hughes conducts hundreds of pre-demolition strip outs each year and saves anything that can be reused or upcycled. The team also focuses on organisation and works hard to make materials easy to find and buy, whether you live around the corner or interstate. If you’re renovating a period home, or doing any kind of creative upcycling, Hughes Renovators Paradise should be on your visit list.
Online salvage is a step forward in terms of customer service but requires dedicated management to run smoothly. I’m a big fan of those who do it well. Wider access to recycled materials means less waste, more creativity, and new homes for some incredible pieces of history.