Recycled Timber

Recycled Timber is becoming quite a popular and unique addition to home architecture and also garden design at present. With the trend towards ‘Green living’  re-purposing materials is often a great way that we can incorporate this into our design whilst also keeping conservation in mind.  This could be in the form of building facades, retaining walls, furniture or as particular features the options are endless.

Retaining Walls

The photo which I have inserted above is the most pinned and saved photo on both our Houzz site and also Pinterest.  I also get a lot of questions regarding this  retaining wall.  The timber that we used for this  wall was actually recycled from an old wharf  and was the decking for the pier . This look could also be achieved though by using recycled railway sleepers which are far more available than the old decking. Using this type of timber as opposed to your treated hardwood or pine gives more of a rustic result, with more texture and colour achieved.


We have used these recycled timber piers at the entrance to our home which was a great backdrop for our pots. It’s a bold  statement when you drive down our driveway and creates a lot of interest with our visitors!

Totem Poles

Probably the most common way that we have used recycled timber in our designs is to use them as a totem pole, they look fantastic! They visually draw the eye in and can make an otherwise dull area exciting. They can be used to frame a driveway or simple doted through a garden to add height and appeal to that area.

Letter Box

I think this was a great idea for a letter box it’s certainly different and steers away from your traditional style. I love the grey aged look of the timber; and the beauty with this is you don’t have to paint it!


Another great DIY idea with sleepers is to use them as seats  in your garden. This is a very simple project,  in fact our clients created this firepit area themselves over the weekend after we constructed the walkway for them.  It was a matter of just stacking one on top of the other and it created a lovely area for entertaining guests and family gatherings.

If you are considering adding recycled timber in your garden design try contacting your local timber specialist to see what they have available. The recycled wharf timber  is a little harder to find so you can contact us on  Ph. 54 788 786 and we will be able to source them for you.