I look out for interesting and quality craftsmanship when re-using old materials. And I incorporate new, quality craftsmanship detailing, I love showing off the character and materiality of a product.
New post-modern housing is often too dry, without enough symbol or colour or flourish for my taste. I like to add a bit of quirk.
An old 8m long fascia board with shamrock cutouts came off the side of an old house when the roof was being replaced with new zincalume. The board was so long and so quirky with the cutouts that I wondered out loud where to put it. Moss and Louis humoured me and had a think about it. It was perfect for the old street front gable end as a new barge board.
I love honest materiality and use recycled materials in a very clean way, often set against new pieces.