Oak Wine Barrel Coffee Table by John Whitmarsh on Instructables

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I’m not sure how I came up with the idea, but it probably happened while I was in wine country, tasting wine and I had a moment of inspiration while under the influence. In any case, I wanted to make something a little different than the normal chunky wine barrel furniture – something a little more graceful and contemporary. I’d never seen curved barrel staves turned on their side before, so I decided to start there.

Picture of Oak Wine Barrel Coffee Table

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Demonstrating Relative Cost-Benefits for the Reuse of DoD Historic and Non-Historic Properties Using Scientifically Derived Data – EW-200931

Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) / Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP)

Based on the data from the LCCA analyses, overall findings included:

Renovation of Pre-War Buildings can be cost effective compared to new construction on a life-cycle cost basis, both with and without factoring in the monetized value of GHG emissions.

Leveraging existing building materials and original design intelligence, modernization of Pre-War Buildings can achieve comparable levels of energy consumption as new construction at a LEED Silver level.

On a life-cycle cost basis, Pre-War Buildings generate less total GHG emissions compared to new construction. GHG savings from initial construction (Scope 3) is the driver of this result.

While adding monetized GHG emissions to the project cost reflects the true economic cost, it does not have a significant impact on LLCA project NPV results. The absolute dollar values of GHG emission differences among Project Alternatives was extremely low.

Incorporating the monetary value of GHG emissions raised the total project life-cycle costs across all project alternatives by approximately 2 to 3%.

via EW-200931.

Sustainablog | Saving The Planet And Money At The Construction Site

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The world is slowly finding itself without the resources that it needs, and therefore the construction materials that are being used need to be reduced to help the environmental impact. Rather than send all of the leftover materials, as well as materials that are from the demolition and excavation process, as well as the construction process, this industry is turning towards recycling the reusable materials.

via Sustainablog | Jeff McIntire-Strasburg has been blogging a greener world via sustainablog since 2003!.

Welsh start-up to build recycling facility for construction and demolition aggregates

Cuddy Recycling Ltd, a start-up firm supported by the Welsh government, is establishing a wood, plasterboard and gypsum recycling centre in South Wales. The centre, which represents an investment on £1.2 million, will be the first of its kind in the area and will create 22 jobs.

The facility will process and recycle demolition aggregates from construction and demolition projects in Wales, in addition to waste timber and plasterboard, which will be sourced from the construction sector and civil amenity sites. The aggregates will be sorted for reuse within the construction industry and waste timber will be used for biomass fuel, panel board manufacture and animal bedding. The plasterboard will be reused in plasterboard manufacture where possible and the gypsum will be recycled as a soil conditioner for application in the agricultural industry. It may also be used as a cement additive.

via Welsh start-up to build recycling facility for construction and demolition aggregates.

Good Life: First part of restoration completed at historic site; Walk A Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser scheduled

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Wilderstein Historic Site, Rhinebeck, announces the completion of phase one of the restoration and adaptive reuse of the estate’s 1888 Carriage House. Thanks to the generous support of the community in raising over $500,000 for this important effort, the Wilderstein Carriage House is now structurally sound and no longer endangered.

via Good Life: First part of restoration completed at historic site; Walk A Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser scheduled.

This Brutalist Monolith Will Soon Be an Ebola Treatment Center – Adaptive Reuse – Curbed National

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“It feels like we are building a little village,” Jean-Pierre Veyrenche, a WHO coordinator, says. To build a functional medical center, the sewage system needed to be created beneath abandoned government building, and water tanks and generators had to be installed. The undertaking, while almost riveting in its remarkable adaptive reuse program, also speaks to larger issues of monolithic government projects during wartime and the real scarcity for fundamentals like functioning medical facilities.

Photo via The Charnel House

via This Brutalist Monolith Will Soon Be an Ebola Treatment Center – Adaptive Reuse – Curbed National.

Baltimore Fishbowl Southwest Baltimore Mural Evinces Second Chance – Baltimore Fishbowl

photo via Second Chance

“Something that has come up over and over in our conversations with community members is how much they value the history of Baltimore and their commitment to the future of Baltimore,” Powers said in a description of the work.

Second Chance, located at 1700 Ridgely Street, was an apt choice. The organization deconstructs older buildings to make the materials available for reuse, and its workforce is made up of people who face barriers to employment.

via Baltimore Fishbowl Southwest Baltimore Mural Evinces Second Chance – Baltimore Fishbowl.

Concrete Tiki Rocket Stove – By TRexGraphix on Instructables

Well now, a new favorite in town!  TRexGraphix is our kind of salvage beast!

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Materials List:

Plastic bucket from local bakery – $1

1 Empty soup can – Free

1 Eight inch scrap metal tube –Free

2 Plastic paper roll end caps from sign shop – Free

1 9 x 12 wood board  1 ½ thick – Free

1 Counter top board – Free from estate sale

1 Bag CHENG Outdoor Pro Formula Mix Charcoal color – $30

1 Bag Volcano rock – Free leftover from gas fireplace insert

2 Bags (120 lbs) of  concrete mix – $8

20 Drywall screws

1 Roll Duct Tape

1 Gallon of water

via Concrete Tiki Rocket Stove.

Dumpster Diving to Save the Chesapeake Bay | Christy Everett

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When people think about cutting-edge architecture and design, they often think about high-costs and space-age technology. But a key component of the Living Building Challenge is to use as many recycled and reusable materials as possible to save natural resources, energy, and costs.

So for past year and a half, we’ve been dumpster diving to salvage and use materials for the Brock Center that otherwise would go to the local landfill.

via Dumpster Diving to Save the Chesapeake Bay | Christy Everett.

At construction’s peak, deconstruction movement burgeons | mndaily.com – The Minnesota Daily

Now, an initiative led by Minneapolis City Council members Andrew Johnson and Linea Palmisano is addressing housing demolition waste and drafting a deconstruction policy due next spring.

The plan specifically cites Wards 13 and 3 as high demolition areas in 2013, the latter of which encompasses parts of the University area.

via At construction’s peak, deconstruction movement burgeons | mndaily.com – The Minnesota Daily.

Program focuses on revitalizing historically significant structures around state | Monroe Courier

“Our combined initiatives to preserve and reuse our historic industrial sites reflect our growing understanding that Connecticut’s identity is encompassed in its industrial past not just its iconic town green,” said Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation Executive Director Helen Higgins. “Creative and feasible re-use of industrial buildings will transform our state and infuse economic vitality in our towns and cities.”

via Program focuses on revitalizing historically significant structures around state | Monroe Courier.

One of the largest reusable building material retailers in Chicagoland opens in Maywood | Articles | News | ForestParkReview.com

It’s rather fitting that ReUse Depot would take residence in the historically significant building, since much of the reused building material that it sales is rich with historic resonance and durability. Before the store officially opened in September it hosted a monthly meeting of the Neighbors of Maywood Community Organization (NOMCO). Many NOMCO members, after perusing some of the store’s inventory of kitchen and bathroom fixtures, appliances and flooring material, kept saying, ‘They just don’t make stuff like this anymore.’

via One of the largest reusable building material retailers in Chicagoland opens in Maywood | Articles | News | ForestParkReview.com.

Gay in the Life: Carla Therese Bruni – 466 – Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive – Windy City Times

“Through Community Glue Workshop, we run these clinics where people can fix stuff for free,” said Bruni. By ‘stuff’, Bruni means items ranging from lamps to toasters and clothing. “I work with craftsmen and groups who need a few tools to do some really cool stuff. You can start a deconstruction company with a few hundred dollars in tools,” she said. And, she helps to make that happen.

via Gay in the Life: Carla Therese Bruni – 466 – Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive – Windy City Times.

Nonprofit groups salvage materials from Genesis homes

100714-house-harvest-03Mel Rullman, left, and Don Ague, volunteers with Habitat ReStore, remove nails from oak trim Tuesday outside a home at 2227 Esplanade Ave., Davenport. ReStore sells new and gently used building materials to raise money for Habitat for Humanity-Quad-Cities. Other items the group salvaged from the house and others in the area that are scheduled for demolition include toilets, a bathroom vanity and window wells.

The wood will be resold in the group’s Architectural Rescue Shop that raises money for neighborhood projects by salvaging, accepting and selling vintage items.

via Nonprofit groups salvage materials from Genesis homes.

Everything is built out of recycled pallets at the PalletFest upcycling festival : TreeHugger

The free PalletFest upcycling event is taking place in Sculpture Park, located on Speer Blvd. & Champa in Denver, CO, on October 11th and12th, and will feature live music, art, an upcycled fashion show, food and beer, a team “Pallet Build Off,” pallet parkour, a pallet maze, and more. Everything for the festival will be built from recycled shipping pallets, and attendees will get an opportunity to see ideas for creating furniture and other functional items for their home and yard, as well as view upcycled art made from items originally considered to be trash.

via Everything is built out of recycled pallets at the PalletFest upcycling festival : TreeHugger.

Halloween 2010 & the retelling of Singy Jack – by OttoH @ LumberJocks.com ~ woodworking community

I have it sitting on a cart I made last year before I joined the LumberJocks site the cart is made out of reclaimed pallets and shipping containers. The cart was built on the fly with just a rough sketch and then modified tremendously during construction. The rear wheels are from an old kick-bike whose frame got bent and the front wheels were purchased at the local hardware store. The sheet metal top was also reclaimed from an old paint booth.

via Halloween 2010 & the retelling of Singy Jack – by OttoH @ LumberJocks.com ~ woodworking community.

Design*Sponge | A Buffalo Home Designed to Welcome Friends & Family

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Sean builds furniture and fixtures from reclaimed wood and used to work as a finish carpenter, so he used his vast tool collection to make the most of the wealth of inexpensive (and free) salvage materials and furniture the couple was able to gather around Buffalo. Sean explained, “We would literally look at Pinterest and then go pull wood out of dumpsters and vacant lots and try to recreate things that we liked.”

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via Design*Sponge |http://www.designsponge.com/2014/10/sneak-peek-sean.html#more-205710.

This Century-Old Detroit Building Is Now the Cadillac of Office Spaces

The news that Cadillac is moving its Detroit headquarters to New York City delivered quite a blow to Detroit’s ongoing rebirth. Especially considering Cadillac’s advertising agency is a shining example of that rebirth: It’s housed in a gorgeous new office in a salvaged 100-year-old building, proof that sticking it out in Detroit and can be beautiful and smart.

via This Century-Old Detroit Building Is Now the Cadillac of Office Spaces.

Massive amounts of material removed from Porters

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A view of the Porters building under deconstruction, as seen Sept. 5 at the corner of Sixth Street and Wisconsin Avenue. The Porters building, 301 Sixth St., which started as five separate buildings when connected in 1939 and ultimately expanded to nine buildings and 80,000 square feet, will be “deconstructed” to clear the site for new development, said Micah Waters, who co-owned the former high-end furniture store and owns the property. The property represents nearly an acre in Downtown Racine, located between Sixth and Seventh streets, Wisconsin Avenue to the east and College Avenue to the west.

Porters Demolition Continues

Looking out toward street

via Massive amounts of material removed from Porters.

TV upcycling expert threatens Darlington business with legal action over bathtub sofa (From The Northern Echo)

The Northern Echo:

The duo said they bought the bath, which was initially destined for the scrapheap, and restored it after being inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s bathtub sofa in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, pictured above.

However, television designer Max McMurdo, who has appeared on Dragons’ Den and Kirstie Allsopp’s Fill Your House For Free, has threatened the pair with legal action if they continue to advertise it as he believes the bath is a direct copy of one of his designs.

via TV upcycling expert threatens Darlington business with legal action over bathtub sofa (From The Northern Echo).

Edition 02 by Tino Valentinitsch was made with parquet salvaged from a ca. 1850 Bolognese industrial villa | MOCO LOCO Submissions

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Basing on the premise that historical building materials are of special value, spolia. makes a point of ’misappropriating’ valuable materials and setting them in a contemporary context. The result is a limited edition series of selected furniture and objects in which the historical structural elements take center stage: fine craftsmanship which has not only gained in value over time but carries history within it.

via Edition 02 by Tino Valentinitsch was made with parquet salvaged from a ca. 1850 Bolognese industrial villa | MOCO LOCO Submissions.

The dried-up Aral Sea is now a post-apocalyptic playground | Grist

Moynaq, Uzbekistan

The good news is that if you’re a child in southwestern Kazakhstan or northern Uzbekistan, you have access to a creepy, apocalyptic playground that your parents never did. The dry wasteland where the Aral Sea once teemed with fish is now scattered with abandoned cargo vessels and derelict ship wreckage. And boy, are they fun for a game of hide-and-go-seek.

via The dried-up Aral Sea is now a post-apocalyptic playground | Grist.

Review: Tong Lam’s ‘Abandoned Futures’ is a Compelling Visual Journey into Postindustrial Decay – Urban Ghosts

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Through a series of short essays and 169 eerily sublime photographs, Lam transports the reader to a variety of modern wastelands across the continents, from the crumbling Rust Belt cities of the United States to Europe and the emerging industrial ruins of East Asia.

via Review: Tong Lam’s ‘Abandoned Futures’ is a Compelling Visual Journey into Postindustrial Decay – Urban Ghosts.

Iconic High Line Park in NYC Opens Final Section To Public | Inhabitat

Chelsea residents and High Line neighbors Joshua David and Robert Hammond founded Friends of The High Line in 1999 with the goal of restoring the elevated, dilapidated train tracks to public use and turning the decaying infrastructure into an urban oasis for the community. Despite a mayor who tried to destroy the High Line (Guiliani), and a complete lack of interest at first from politicians and city officials, Friends of the High Line managed to gradually convince the community and ultimately the powers-that-be that this historic structure needed to be saved and turned into a park, and the first section of the restored park opened in 2009.

via PHOTOS: Iconic High Line Park in NYC Opens Final Section To Public | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

Demolish, re-use, recycle and rebuild

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An EU-funded research project has laid the foundations for change – it is promoting concrete, ceramics, gypsum and plastics recycling around Europe.

Recycling and re-using parts from old buildings makes sense – it creates less waste, makes construction cheaper and reduces the use of raw resources (more than 50% of all materials extracted from the earth are currently transformed into construction materials and products).

via Demolish, re-use, recycle and rebuild.

SponCon: One man’s trash, another man’s treasure – Montana Kaimin: Arts + Culture

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SponCon participants have seven hours to create whatever they want. The only catch: It has to be built of reused materials available at the store, and made within the seven-hour time frame.

“It’s one of the most unique, and uniquely Missoula, events we have,” Schmetterling said. “It’s such a wonderful opportunity as a participant or a spectator to see all of the creative genius people we have in Missoula.”

Lucas Dupuis sands what will eventually become a table at Spontaneous Construction at Home ReSource on Sept. 21, 2010. The event began 10 years ago and is meant to promote and encourage reuse.

via SponCon: One man’s trash, another man’s treasure – Montana Kaimin: Arts + Culture.

Salvaging Beetlemania | A\J – Canada’s Environmental Voice

Reclaimed barnboard in use on Toronto’s Danforth. Photo by Eric Nay.

I have wanted to write about Urban Tree Salvage in Toronto for a long time, and this plague of pests has given me a most unfortunate opportunity to do so. The desire for reclaimed hardwood is growing across Canada, and this new/old material is giving rise to numerous innovative material uses that are upping the design ante for those architects and designers who choose to work with vintage boards and old growth beams. From knotty reclaimed barnwood siding to massive heart pine beams, reclaimed wood is providing a treasure trove of nature’s finest material just aching to be used one more time.

via Salvaging Beetlemania | A\J – Canada’s Environmental Voice.

Making an old pipeline at Medfield State Hospital into art – News – Medfield Press – Medfield, MA

As part of the current process to reuse the state hospital land, Jean Mineo, Public Art Consultant and Chair of the Medfield Cultural Council, is working to have these pumps artistically repurposed and placed on the grounds. Wicked Local photo/Caitlyn McGoff
As part of the current process to reuse the state hospital land, Jean Mineo, Public Art Consultant and Chair of the Medfield Cultural Council, is working to have these pumps artistically repurposed and placed on the grounds. Wicked Local photo/Caitlyn McGoff

With help from the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation, Mineo has been raising money to pay the artists for the project, as well as to promote the call for ideas. She added that the intent for the project is to take parts of the pumps and construct them into a visual piece to preserve a part of the town’s history with creative reuse.

These old pumps and pipes at the old state hospital site may become works of art. Wicked Local photo/Caitlyn McGoff

via Making an old pipeline at Medfield State Hospital into art – News – Medfield Press – Medfield, MA.

Portland home demolitions: Committee to recommend 35-day waiting period | OregonLive.com

Concordia home demolition.JPGCrews tore down a house on Northeast 29th Avenue and replaced it with a much larger house. After that replacement, crews tore down the neighboring house, too. (Casey Parks/The Oregonian)

Some infill developers have taken to tearing down the majority of a house but leaving small parts standing. As far as city planners are concerned, that’s a remodel, not a demolition.

Neighbors have also raised concerns about asbestos being released during demolitions without proper precautions. The Bureau of Development Services may require developers seeking a demolition permit to acknowledge that they have to meet state asbestos regulations.

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via Portland home demolitions: Committee to recommend 35-day waiting period | OregonLive.com.