Salvage was the hot topic of yesterday's ubiquitous London Lite. In a triple-spread feature, Lara Sargent proffered some handy tips on buying salvaged pieces that could ultimately "add value and charm" to your home.
"Second-hand goods don't normally add value to a property but it's a whole different business if it's an original Victorian fireplace, a vintage French double basin or antique parquet flooring. That's why today's salvage industry is now worth up to £400m – because reinstating original features, laying reclaimed flooring or installing a fabulous Fifties retro kitchen makes a house instantly more appealing to line, or for future buyers. Scouring salvage yards is fun too, but you do need to know your stuff before parting with your cash."
LASSCO was of course mentioned, with particular attention being drawn to reclaimed pine and oak floorboards and the currently available and ever so elegant Art Deco double basin (15658) by Porcher of Paris.