Portland home demolitions, September 2003-March 2015 | OregonLive.com

 

 

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Small houses on larger lots and old houses that haven’t been well-kept are frequent targets of developers who can profit from tearing them down and building a new house – or two, three or even four. City permit data show demolitions shot from 115 in 2010 to 308 in 2014. The trend has spawned a chorus of neighborhood protests and the attention of City Hall.

via Portland home demolitions, September 2003-March 2015 | OregonLive.com.

Barn Busters: Reclaimed wood transforms region’s heritage | Johnson City Press

Barn Busters: Reclaimed wood transforms region's heritage

Mike McKinney, owner of RHAM Inc., makes it his business to seek out dilapidated barns and reclaim the wood the original builders used to construct them. (Nathan Baker/Johnson City Press)

McKinney said an oak stable door pulled from a 70-year-old barn still standing on the McKinley Road property, can be bought for 10-cents a foot, then combined with other reclaimed boards to create a table that will sell for $2,000.

via Barn Busters: Reclaimed wood transforms region’s heritage | Johnson City Press.

Shelley Fralic: The sad reality of architectural salvage

The Legg House was demolished last June to make way for a tower. Doors from the heritage residence are among the items for sale at the Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s sale of architectural salvage items.

The Legg House was demolished last June to make way for a tower. Doors from the heritage residence are among the items for sale at the Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s sale of architectural salvage items. Photograph by: Arlen Redekop, PNG

Ironic in that we tear down 1900s arts and crafts homes, built with old-growth fir, leaded casement windows, wood-planked floors, stained glass windows and French pocket doors, and replace them with boxy pseudo Craftsman eyesores hastily constructed of chipboard and drywall, the solid wood and artistic detail of yore replaced by slapped-on stucco and MDF.

via Shelley Fralic: The sad reality of architectural salvage.

Q & A with Sandtown Millworks General Manager James Battaglia

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We make dining tables, benches, coffee tables, storage pieces, consoles, beds, barn doors, and many other timeless pieces by hand right here in South Baltimore. Our work is primarily made from wood, which we salvage from old buildings around Baltimore being renovated or demolished.  Most of the buildings from which we get our material were built between 1880 and 1920.

via Q & A with Sandtown Millworks General Manager James Battaglia.

Haute 100 LA: Rick Caurso Reaches Agreement to Acquire Glendale Masonic Temple

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“We are glad to extend our presence in Glendale through a project that truly offers a prime example of adaptive reuse,” stated Caruso. “This is a local architectural gem. The prospect of reinvigorating it, preserving its architectural history while providing the community additional modern office space and several new social hangouts is exciting.”

via Haute 100 LA: Rick Caurso Reaches Agreement to Acquire Glendale Masonic Temple.

✔ DiResta Barrel Table – YouTube

The folks at Dickel ordered this table as a gift. The design was chosen out of 6 concepts I sent over. The tree was cut down at my “Homestead” in the Catskills of NY state. The barrel was provided from the George Dickel distillery. The glass is from ADC glass in the Lower East Side on NYC. Thank you for watching

via ✔ DiResta Barrel Table – YouTube.

Reclaimed Piano Chandelier – Gallery: Lighting and Wall Treatments 1 – Stroudfoot Design…Sleek Decay…Furnishings & Lighting…Custom, Turn-Key…Design-Build

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MATERIALS: Piano keys reclaimed from early 20th Century piano. Bulbs: 3 x 1 ft incandescent display bulbs.

Stroudfoot’s full-service workshop and design studio is located in Liberty Village in downtown Toronto. Clients are invited to tour its studio to view Stroudfoot’s inventory of reclaimed raw materials, an inventory replenished through regular sourcing around Ontario and the NE United States. From antique woods to one-off vintage pieces, the workshop and design studio is at the heart of Stroudfoot.

via Reclaimed Piano Chandelier – Gallery: Lighting and Wall Treatments 1 – Stroudfoot Design…Sleek Decay…Furnishings & Lighting…Custom, Turn-Key…Design-Build.

Webber building in need of buyer – Montgomery, Alabama

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“As far as public buildings go, I’d rank the historical significance of the Webber building right up there with the Capitol and the old Klein building. Montgomery Theater Building played a major role in Montgomery’s history,” said Mary Ann Neeley, former executive director of the Landmark Foundation. “There’s all sorts of connections there to that building so to lose it and to have the wall collapse was certainly devastating to many of us at that time and to lose the building itself.”

via Webber building in need of buyer.

Adaptive-reuse project means makeover for West Barracks | The Columbian

The long-vacant Infantry Barracks at Fort Vancouver will be renovated into studio and one-bedroom apartments over the next year as part of an $8.3 million “adaptive reuse” project involving four buildings. (Natalie Behring/The Columbian)

The city of Vancouver is funding the $8.3 million project with a combination of state grants, revenue generated from operation of Fort Vancouver property and city bonds, including “mini-bonds” that citizens can purchase for $500 to $10,000.

“Anything we can do to preserve and restore those buildings, we should do that,” Mayor Pro Tem Larry Smith told the city council at last Monday’s workshop. “This is probably one of the greatest assets of our community.”

via Adaptive-reuse project means makeover for West Barracks | The Columbian.

Urban Miners Puts Old Home Materials To Good Use – New Haven Living – Hartford Magazine – Hartford Courant

Urban MinersUrban Miners, a company that salvages buildings and materials for reuse and resale is full to the ceiling with door knobs, doors, windows, hardware and an eclectic mix of other odd items. (Stephen Dunn)

“I was looking at an 1810 house that needed to come down,” he says. “Walking in there was like being transported back to a lumberyard from the Revolutionary War. It was timber-framed, with wide boards for the flooring and roof sheathing. Someone has preserved all this wood for 200 years, and it’s still good, lots of it better than you can buy today. And then someone comes along with a bulldozer and throws it all away? It drives me nuts.”

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Joe DeRisi is the owner of Urban Miners, a company that salvages buildings and materials for reuse and resale. His former factory building is full to the ceiling with doors, windows, hardware and an eclectic mix of other odd items. (Stephen Dunn)

via Urban Miners Puts Old Home Materials To Good Use – New Haven Living – Hartford Magazine – Hartford Courant.

Homes Away From Home | Central Addition landmarks will be moved/salvaged/deconstructed | News | Boise Weekly

(L-R) The Jones House, the Fowler House, the Beck House, the Wood House and the Stewart House.(L-R) The Jones House, the Fowler House, the Beck House, the Wood House and the Stewart House. Kelsey Hawes

Some of the oldest homes in Boise’s Central Addition neighborhood will live to see another day. Threatened by arson, vandalism, the wrecking ball or a combination of all three, five of the 100-plus-year-old properties are being saved by California-based developer LocalConstruct, which will help foot the bill for moving, deconstructing or salvaging the buildings.

via Homes Away From Home | Central Addition landmarks will be moved/salvaged/deconstructed | News | Boise Weekly.

Use VAT to reward ‘green’ refurbishment – not demolition – The Ecologist

Destruction driven by the 20% VAT penalty on property refurbishment? Demolition of Wychwood House on the Woodberry Down Estate, London in June 2007. Photo:  Sarflondondunc via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).Destruction driven by the 20% VAT penalty on property refurbishment? Demolition of Wychwood House on the Woodberry Down Estate, London in June 2007. Photo: Sarflondondunc via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

When I’m not teaching students, I help run a sustainable architecture firm and entirely by accident, we find ourselves in the business of destroying perfectly good houses and sending them off to landfill, all in the name of sustainable design.

via Use VAT to reward ‘green’ refurbishment – not demolition – The Ecologist.

This old cottage: Times Argus Online

Stefan Hard / Staff Photo Slate, still in good condition, will be carefully removed from this roof on a buiding inside the Waterbury State Complex so the material can be reused for new or renovated construction.

“The idea is to keep materials out of landfills, and reuse building materials,” said Surwilo, who noted the approach is part of a new mindset in state government that is gaining momentum.

Deconstruction of the 1930’s home would also provide about three months work and valuable experience for a deconstruction crew, some members of which were trained for such work with assistance from a federal EPA grant to ReSource and Yestermorrow Design School.

via This old cottage  : Times Argus Online.

Restoring Lakewood apartment on the cheap has been a labor of love for retiree: Cool Spaces (photos) | cleveland.com

Jackie Taylor, 63, hangs out with his dog Rufus inside his open kitchen in his upstairs flat that he has almost finished renovating in Lakewood. Taylor broke down a wall to the left to give the kitchen and open feel. The entire kitchen redo has only cost $2,000 with used materials, he said. (Lisa DeJong/The Plain Dealer)

He prides himself on creating an affordable vintage space where everything is restored, repaired and reused. Most of the materials came from Habitat for Humanity.

“At first I bought it as an investment,” says Taylor, who paid $200,000 for the building. “But after spending so much time here working on the apartments, I thought, ‘I really like it here.'”

Jackie Taylor had to scrape all the white paint off of the original woodwork which includes built-in bookcases and a bench in the living room of his 1920s apartment. (Lisa DeJong/The Plain Dealer)

via Restoring Lakewood apartment on the cheap has been a labor of love for retiree: Cool Spaces (photos) | cleveland.com.

Barnards Green potting shed saved from demolition (From Worcester News)

Malvern Civic Society members, Dr Robert Mills, Bob Tilley, Clive Hooper and Denise Preston with residents Paul Sargent and Lindsay Kemp-Harper at the potting shed threatened with demolition. Picture by John Anyon. 0915826101Malvern Civic Society members, Dr Robert Mills, Bob Tilley, Clive Hooper and Denise Preston with residents Paul Sargent and Lindsay Kemp-Harper at the potting shed threatened with demolition. Picture by John Anyon. 0915826101

Cllr Melanie Baker said the application had proved “a very emotive issue”.

“A building is not just bricks and mortar,” he said.

“It holds historical information and values.

“My greatest concern is that once it’s gone, it’s gone.

“I for one feel I cannot be part of destroying part of our heritage.”

Cllr Clive Smith said he had initially been sceptical about the value of the shed and concerns raised by conservation groups in the town, including the Malvern Civic Society, but after looking more closely at the issue had come to understand why people were upset about the plans.

via Barnards Green potting shed saved from demolition (From Worcester News).

Expensive painting sold for $12 at local Habitat for Humanity ReStore | Blogs | Detroit Metro Times

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Meagan Nowicki was shopping at Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat Metro Restore on Greenfield in Detroit when a painting caught her eye. She says she thought it looked familiar and for a price tag of $12, she couldn’t pass it up.

Turns out the piece of art is worth an astonishing $900. Detroit artist, the late Max Shaye painted the piece before he died in 2004.

via Expensive painting sold for $12 at local Habitat for Humanity ReStore | Blogs | Detroit Metro Times.

Meet Viridian Reclaimed Wood – YouTube

Most people think of reclaimed wood from old barns and schoolhouses. Our story was born in 2004 down at the shipyard, with a lot of grit and a couple of friends’ idea to rescue some really amazing wood from winding up in a landfill. Wood from far off ports arrives daily as shipping pallets and crates, but it’s extremely difficult to recycle. Through years of trial and error we pioneered a method for up-cycling these dockside discards into products with lasting value.

This video explains the why, how and what we do to make the most of every stick of wood we reclaim.

via Meet Viridian Reclaimed Wood – YouTube.

Visionary| Bôhten Eyewear

Bôhten’s mission is to develop a compost management initiative that reuses environmental reclaimed material (barley, wheat, straw, stone) to design our contemporary eyeglasses. We are the representation not yet recognized that seeks to pay homage to a love of fashion without the loss of social responsibility. Join us on our quest as we seek to change the face of Africa with a vision that advocates education, employment both social and environmental awareness for the underprivileged. This is a journey that will be nothing short of historic.

via About Us | Bôhten Eyewear.

Salvage Works – Portland, Oregon

Whew, we moved!
Our new address is 2024 N. Argyle St. Indoor wood warehouse!  Bigger shop and showroom! Three bathrooms! Now, if we could just get the phones working….

Salvage Works is a lumber yard and wood shop specializing in reclaimed lumber and barn wood from deconstructed houses and barns.

In addition to our full retail yard, we have a wood shop where our skilled craftsmen build beautiful furniture and fixtures for homes, restaurants and stores.

Located in the historic North Portland neighborhood of Kenton, visit us at:

2024 N. Argyle St.

Portland, OR 97217

via Salvage Works.

Manor House Stables, A Champion’s Home Reborn: Remodelista

AR Design converted Manor House stable, door: RemodelistaThe original stable corridor, which the architects retained, now functions as an elegant enfilade.

Until one day when Andy Ramus of AR Design Studio, which was completing renovations to the Manor House, recognized the potential of this historic stable. Shortly after, Lovely Cottage’s stable received a new lease on life as a modern three-bedroom house featuring much of the structure’s original barnlike character.

AR Design converted Manor House stable exterior: Remodelista

With the exterior of the single-story brick structure refurbished, the original wood-framed windows were replaced with modern glazing and powder-coated steel frames. (more photos at Dezeen)

via Manor House Stables, A Champion’s Home Reborn: Remodelista.

CAF Talk Covers Industrial Reuse and Future of Fulton Market – The City that Works – Curbed Chicago

IMG_2924.JPG[Amenities, such as outdoor space and flexible floor plans, are key selling points that attract companies to renovated and restored buildings.]

Using the 1K Fulton building and renovation of the Montgomery Ward building on the Chicago River as examples, the discussion explored how industrial re-use allows the city to preserve historic building stock, gives tech tenants the massive floorplates, flexible floor plans and character they want out of their commercial space, and bring development and jobs to the city.

via CAF Talk Covers Industrial Reuse and Future of Fulton Market – The City that Works – Curbed Chicago.

Adaptive reuse a lesson for Saskatoon

Last night I received some sad news of a friend’s passing. He loved his house and worked on it endlessly.

This article struck me today. It is relevant for many of us who care about history, buildings, and the people who love them.

How typical it is of Saskatoon that its citizens awoke on Thursday morning to the news that two local buildings which are part of the city’s history and heritage are being demolished, almost as one read or listened to that unhappy news.

How little this pimple on the prairie cares about its past. Apparently there is nothing of importance in where it has been, only in the sad mess it is making of its future.

Read the entire article via Adaptive reuse a lesson for Saskatoon.

Detroit’s 70,000 abandoned homes a treasure trove for rubble-sifting artisans: ‘It’s like a treasure hunt’ | Financial Post

Bryan Mitchell/BloombergReclaim Detroit workers salvage wood from an abandoned house on Elmhurst Street in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Bryan Mitchell/BloombergReclaim

“It’s like a treasure hunt,” said Craig Varterian, executive director of Reclaim Detroit, a nonprofit group that’s stripped and sold materials from almost 70 demolished homes. Floorboards and joists of early 20th century maple, walnut, hickory, fir and even chestnut are prized for their density and fine grain.

As Detroit ramps up demolitions of vacant dwellings, Mayor Mike Duggan plans a reclamation center in a city-owned building to keep tons of rubble out of landfills and create jobs and merchandise. Recycling would become a centerpiece of the city’s blight-removal effort, which is struggling to maintain funding.

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Craig Varterian, executive director of Reclaim Detroit, walks down a hall lined with reclaimed doors at the organization’s office and warehouse in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

via Detroit’s 70,000 abandoned homes a treasure trove for rubble-sifting artisans: ‘It’s like a treasure hunt’ | Financial Post.

Urban Archaeology to auction historic items — how about a Parisian mermaid with a great backstory for your pool? | National Post

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A forerunner to the soda fountain, with taps for various flavours including Vanilla, Sarsparilla, Lemon and Root Beer. Guernsey’s

Before architectural salvage became a widely known concept, Mr. Shapiro would steal onto demolition sites to save important items, calling his group the Anonymous Art Reclamation Society, who became known as the “Gargoyle Snatchers.”

Now, his Tribeca shop is holding a huge auction of stuff collected (not stolen!) over the decades. Be there (or be on the phone), when 700 very special artifacts go under the hammer through Guernsey’s — including the mermaid and merman, above, from one of the fountains in Paris’ Place de la Concorde, items from New York’s Plaza and St. Regis hotels, and even the beautiful Edgar Brandt Deco stair rails, ceiling panels and elevator glass from Paris’ Le Bon Marché department store.

via Urban Archaeology to auction historic items — how about a Parisian mermaid with a great backstory for your pool? | National Post.

Muskegon County’s planned deconstruction-materials facility a key part in fight against blight | MLive.com

Approximately 50 properties are targeted for demolition by the end of 2010, including this home at 2627 6th St., as Muskegon Heights aims to work on their housing blight. Kendra Stanley-Mills | The Muskegon Chronicle

“Dave [Bennink, RE-USE Consulting] will be facilitating a strategic planning session,” said Jonathan Wilson, economic development coordinator for Muskegon County. “He will talk about how an operation like Second Harvest could run, the potential for a domestic and overseas market, and how the private sector could be involved and how it could benefit from it. It’s basically a brainstorming session.”

Precedent has shown that deconstruction materials from blighted homes can easily be repurposed into other products and sold to generate revenue. Community leaders think the amount of blighted homes in Muskegon County as well as its port could make it a “central hub for import and export of deconstruction materials in the future.”

via Muskegon County’s planned deconstruction-materials facility a key part in fight against blight | MLive.com.

Eat Drink Better | Healthy recipes, good food: sustainable eats for a healthy lifestyle!

Agave Bagasse: Turning tequila waste into building materials

It basically takes three steps to turn agave bagasse into a building material:

They physically remove the alcohol, sugar, bone, and shell, so just the fiber remains.

They dry the remaining fiber, then pulverize it into a powder.

They add a compatibilizing agent to make the powder behave like a plastic and interact well with the recycled plastic.

via Eat Drink Better | Healthy recipes, good food: sustainable eats for a healthy lifestyle!.

Old factory gets new life | The Herald-Dispatch

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While salvaging materials from the building that closed and has sat vacant since 2002, executive director Brandon Dennison and others at Coalfield Development saw solid footers, walls and a roof that were in good shape and decided to buy the building.

Coalfield Development is working with Community Works and the Wayne County Economic Development Authority on the project, with the goal of turning the former factory into a creative arts-based hub where artists can live and have space to work.

via Old factory gets new life | The Herald-Dispatch.

Energy Efficient Reclaimed Modern House by Dwell Developments

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These repurposed building materials include metal and wood from a deconstructed barn in the nearby Willamette Valley. The corrugated metal they collected from this barn was turned into exterior cladding of the house, as well as to build the garden fence. The overhang above the rooftop deck was made from repurposed barn wood. The builders also used repurposed concrete for the pathway leading to the home, and they reclaimed this from a removed public sidewalk.

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via Energy Efficient Reclaimed Modern House.

Eclecticasa introduces Detroit Collection, made from reclaimed wood

Laura Scaccia of Eclecticasa at one of her stained glass tables at a show in Pennsylvania in February. “The show was a great success. We sold three pieces and people were crazy about the pattern of the wood and the feel,” said Scaccia

“I was recently introduced to a group of people that deconstruct homes. This is different than demolition because the material is saved and repurposed or reused, thus not filling our landfills,” Scaccia said.

“I saw a small sample of one of the repurposed pieces they had and I knew right away that I had to make tables,” she said.

via Eclecticasa introduces Detroit Collection, made from reclaimed wood.

‘Ding’ Darling reveals silent auction items for Upcycle! | Fort Myers Newspaper | News, Business, Real Estate and Arts in Fort Myers FL | Florida

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Chris Tymoshuk from Troutdale, Ore., carved his silent auction lamp from a recycled Disney trivia tin with a torch. It is valued at $100. Chris Tymoshuk from Troutdale, Ore., carved his silent auction lamp from a recycled Disney trivia tin with a torch. It is valued at $100.

“This year, as we expand the second annual Upcycle! Art Fest to two days, we have decided to also offer more auction pieces from our artists,” said Upcycle! committee chair Barb Rogers. “We are thrilled that already Andrew Corke has donated another unique collector’s piece. His work is an amazing representation of the upcycling concept. Two other artists have also agreed to contribute pieces, and we are expecting more.”

via ‘Ding’ Darling reveals silent auction items for Upcycle! | Fort Myers Newspaper | News, Business, Real Estate and Arts in Fort Myers FL | Florida.

One man’s trash is an opportunity for a professor to create art | Golden Gate Xpress

Michael Arcega collects thrown away materials into a shopping cart to be used to create art in his studio at Recology SF Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (Drake Newkirk / Xpress)Michael Arcega collects thrown away materials into a shopping cart to be used to create art in his studio at Recology SF Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (Drake Newkirk / Xpress)

The residency program will provide the sculptor and installation artists with a studio, a monthly stipend and unlimited access to the dump area for materials. In addition to the time dedicated to the program, Arcega will also teach three classes at SF State and has recently debuted three pieces in the on-campus exhibit Hydarchy: Power, Globalization and the Sea.

via One man’s trash is an opportunity for a professor to create art | Golden Gate Xpress.