Your home may look like a Gothic inspired home but it is actually made of reclaimed wood.
The process of salvaging wood from the natural world is called wood recycling.
“We are taking recycled wood and putting it into different kinds of projects,” said Dr. Alina Leshchina, a wood recycling specialist at the University of Michigan.
The process of converting recycled wood into furniture and other materials can be as simple as buying recycled wood from local stores, or it can involve a large scale renovation of an existing home.
In the case of the former home in Michigan, it was purchased by a local church and renovated to be the home of a community of gothically themed holiday decorating and a Christmas tree.
The interior of the goth decorating house.
Al Jazeera America”You can actually see the original gothical decorations that were there on the home,” Leshchan told Al Jazeera.
“It is amazing what you can do with reclaimed wood.”
The process can also be as complex as converting an old fireplace to an artificial fireplace, or turning a wooden house into a new home.
Leshchinas research found that the process was cheaper and faster than traditional wood recycling in terms of materials used, compared to traditional woodworking.
The research also showed that the conversion process could take about one to two years, compared with around five years for conventional wood recycling, and up to 20 years for wood and stone recycling, Leshchinas team said.
According to Leshchatina, recycled wood could be a solution to the lack of available natural wood materials in the US, where a quarter of all wood produced in the country is reclaimed.
Levin said it was important to highlight the importance of recycling, noting that recycled wood was one of the most environmentally friendly products available for home use.
“When we get to the end of the process, the recycled wood comes back into the environment and is part of the forest, and if we are not careful, that could end up being a major source of greenhouse gas emissions,” he said.
“The beauty of this process is it does not destroy any of the natural materials that were in the home.”