The Neverwas Haul was built over six months in 2006 and is made almost entirely of recycled materials.
The Neverwas Haul was built over six months in 2006 and is made almost entirely of recycled materials.
From the pickups to the necks, we bring the parts from discarded instruments back to life. One of our new goals is to begin shaping necks out of reclaimed wood. The bodies of our Boho Series are made from melted down scrap metal.
“The Ansarada fit-out poses a legitimate response to this condition through its adaptive re-use of a century old wool store in Sydney’s historic rocks district, expressing its inherent beauty by juxtaposing a highly adaptable and sophisticated work environment for the companies most important asset, its people.”
Projects like this show that there’s really no reason to waste anything in construction anymore! The eco-conscious Casa Estero Puente in Puerto Varas, Chile, was built using wood salvaged from abandoned villas in the area.
But the six winners of the 2014 Reuse Inspiration Contest are alike in one way: They all like a creative challenge. Oh, and free beer.
Jason Matukaitis makes industrial/Asian-style furniture from reclaimed wood and steel. This live-edge coffee table features an inlaid keystone.
Revel had already filed for bankruptcy twice since opening in 2012. (Photo: Anjan Chatterjee, Flickr Commons).
Casino adaptive reuse may well become an architectural movement in the future. Revel joins three other Atlantic City casinos that have closed or are set to close this year. According to a recent report, more could follow.
Everyone produces waste, and the Swedes are no different. It’s what they do with it that is unusual. Sweden recycles and sorts its waste so efficiently that less than 1 percent ends up in landfills. But perhaps even more interesting, and somewhat controversial, is that Sweden burns about as much household waste as it recycles, over 2 million tons, and converts this to energy. But even with this amount of domestic waste, the country’s 32 waste-to energy (WTE) incineration plants can handle even more. And when Sweden runs out of its own garbage, it offers a service to the rest of garbage-bloated Europe: importing excess waste from other countries.
3. Church Pew to Headboard
13. Old Screens to Hamper
15. Library Card Catalog to Liquore Cabinet
Deakin, long-time advocate of Mother Nature, community builder, and radio show host has published his first book. This inspiring book walks readers through anecdotal yarns and events of certain barns from the early days in British Columbia to Heritage Salvage’ s start in an Occidental, California carport. Readers follow the salvaging of hundred-year-old water tanks and repurposing ancient warehouses into beautiful restaurant remodels. Discover the joys and wonders of Salvaging Heritage while transforming old wood to style and elegance in restaurants, firehouses, breweries, wineries, taverns, tearooms and countless homes.
Portlanders, at least, will have a shot at making their pitches both in and out of Kickstarter at the OROR Festival’s Pitchfest on Tuesday, Sept. 9.
“We like to provide a platform for unusual personal research, things people have developed out of their own interest,” said festival co-founder Nim Wunnan.
That platform took shape last year at the inaugural OROR Festival, a non-competitive locally-focused companion to the XOXO Festival. The idea was essentially to craft a crowd sourced festival, one that lets Portlanders link their own individual ideas and concurrent events together.
2Modern covers great design. In this case we applaud the use of rustic wood as a backdrop too.
Prum and Williams have created a sturdy and fine-looking cocktail shaker by repurposing the humble Mason Jar, the hardy glass container invented in 1858, and still a pantry staple in households where harvesting and preserving fresh foods is an ongoing tradition.
“I’m not Mr. Green or anything, but my parents grew up in the Depression, so there’s this element of ‘Hey, don’t throw that out and waste it,’ ” said Joyce, owner of Stockyards Brick, 4150 S. Packers Ave.
A group of University of Toledo students and a passionate professor took recycling to the next level this past summer by building a boat made entirely out of repurposed materials.Initially, this was a printmaking class, but Arturo Rodriguez, an associate professor of art and overseer of this project, said it also involved a lot of sculptural aspects as well.
The café’s interior is built from reclaimed wood. It’s all milled of trees felled by the storm’s winds on Aug. 29, 2005. Instead of adding the trunks and limbs to the giant piles of post-storm roadside rubble, Fitzmorris used to it realize one of her dreams.
The problem so far is that Rockford does not have a deconstruction industry. There is no prevailing wage, making the bidding process difficult, if not impossible. Howard says that could all change with this project.
“A deconstruction industry centers on the systematic dismantling of obsolete structures with the philosophy of re-use, salvage and recycled material,” Howard said. “This will reduce, if not eliminate, landfill obstacles, address global warming, preserve raw materials, teach valuable skills and utilize untapped human talents.”
A particularly stunning example of reclaimed wood in adaptive reuse by Zenbox Design.
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This Portland ADU Project began as a simple 2 car garage but translated into a modern industrial loft space of about 480sq ft. The owners plan to rent out the primary residence to cover the mortgage and live in the ADU full time (mortgage/rent free).
The primary design focus was working to eliminate the barrier between inside and outside and to make the most usable space out of a small footprint. A large accordion door system ensures that the front wall of the space can be completely opened up to the outdoors, removing any barrier between inside and outside. The space was laid out to take maximum use of limited space and built in cabinets allow for ample storage and complete flexibility.
Designer Hilla Shamia combines natural wood pieces with cast aluminum to make slick yet rustic furniture pieces.
“What sets us apart is we are not a thrift store, nor are we an antique store. We are more like a page out of Pinterest. We take items with good bones and repurpose them. Sometimes we have to combine pieces to make a unique accent piece. Other times we feel the piece is in need of hand-painted art to set it apart and give it that great new life it deserves. We also paint and repurpose for others who have the piece they want to keep in the family, but do not have the vision we have. Or, they may just not have the ability or location to do the work on their own.”
© Marcel Dunger
Using humble pieces of broken maple wood, German product designer Marcel Dunger transforms these typically discarded pieces into lovely, minimalist accessories by joining them with eco-friendly bio-resins.
© Marcel Dunger
© Marcel Dunger
The former Green Hotel building at Cooper Street and Railroad Avenue, in Woodbury, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Staff Photo by Joe Warner/South Jersey Times)(JOE WARNER)
“History is and always has been important in this town. There are a lot of old buildings here,” he said after the vote. “To forget and let them go is a shame, and that’s what happened here. There’s been no investment.”
(Photo by Mint Images – Tim Pannell/Getty Images)
Sometimes salvaged lumber’s best qualities can also be its most infuriating. Chris Behm, cofounder of End Grain Woodworking in Detroit, has you covered.
In 2011, Kid Rock had words for a video on his song title, ‘Care,’ painted on the empty Grand Circus Park building that once housed the offices of AAA of Michigan. (Daniel Mears / The Detroit News)
Stump stool made from Hurricane Sandy storm debris
Woodworker Stefan Rurak salvaged wood from Brooklyn created by Hurricane Sandy to create the Sandy Project – a collection that includes furniture and jewellery.
Some 240 million board feet of reclaimable wood sits like buried treasure in the city’s blighted homes. Reclaim Detroit
An estimated 240 million board feet of the old lumber still props up the 78,506 dilapidated and abandoned homes that a task force has marked for teardown. All of that wood, if it’s in good enough condition, can sell for the same price—around $2 per foot—as new oak, cherry, and maple. And with reclaimed wood having a moment, 240 million board feet can make a lot of countertops.
Fans of reclaimed wood looking to bring home a subtle American West vibe will love Uhuru Design’s new Snowfenced Reclaimed Table.
Katrin Arens makes custom Pallet Plate Racks; go to Katrin Arens for ordering information.
With a simple piece of metal, wood picked up from the street and a desire to create and transform, since 2010 a group of homeless people construct stools, lamps and other pieces of furniture. The project has won awards; however, until now, the most important recognition has been a collaboration with the company Camper to decorate one of its shops with the furniture.
The complex is made up of an array of formerly-floating homes that are no longer seaworthy but can still be fixed up and find a second life on land. As PopUpCity reports, “The imaginatively retro-fitted houseboats that make up the creative quarter are all placed around a winding bamboo walkway and the surrounding landscape consists of plants that clean the soil.”
U.S. clothing and footwear brand House of Vans has transformed a series of five disused tunnels beneath the streets of London into an indoor skate park!
Artists can rent the studios for free, the skate park is open to public and the musicians performing in the space are asked to donate a percentage of their ticket sales to charity.
According to David Chilinski of Prellwitz Chilinski Associates, the solution required a new look at the property and its potential. “We saw the same obstacles to reusing these buildings that others encountered. The community wanted to see the architecture and the incredible history it represents preserved and blended back into the town fabric. So we looked for ways to open up and unlock all creative possibilities both inside the structures and on the grounds of the property.”
The wood paneling inside was reclaimed from a demolition at director George Lucas’ house, acquired at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
Joel Blaschke, co-owner of Ballard Reuse, shows off a lounge chair made from salvaged fir and crafted by fellow Ballard Reuse staffer James Taylor. Blaschke is sitting atop a pile of salvaged fir.
With the new business license comes a new partnership; Ballard Reuse will be teaming up with Seattle ReCreative, a local nonprofit with a mission quite similar to Ballard Reuse, but with a focus: the arts. Fiscally sponsored by the Phinney Neighborhood Association, the group aims to have art classes and workshops for both children and adults, as well as exhibition space.
“The demolition contractors wanted to kill me because I kept finding things I wanted to keep,” said Lisa Switkin, a landscape architect with James Corner Field Operations. The firm has been tapped by developer Two Trees Management Company to design the park.
The salvage operation is now more important than ever, as Two Trees prepares to raze the majority of the factory buildings. And the salvation efforts may help assuage the anger of some neighborhood residents, who have long opposed the redevelopment of the site on the grounds of historical significance.
The Building Envelope Thermal Analysis (BETA) Guide outlines how to effectively account for thermal bridging and is backed up by an extensive catalogue of thermal performance data. This information is essential for practitioners evaluating building envelope thermal performance.
Researchers and regulators will be interested in the sections focused on market transformation, which includes an evaluation of cost effectiveness and energy savings in common large building types.
Friends drop by to see another one of those small houses. Originally made with great affection for a Portlandia film festival, the video has continued to have a life of it’s own online, striking a cord with the growing tiny house community. It has been featured in blogs all across the country including The Atlantic Cities (mistakenly attributed to the Portlandia tv show), The Mother Nature Network (where it’s compared/contrasted with an actual Portlandia sketch) and Curbed (where it’s described as “making the Portlandia writers wonder why they didn’t get to it first.”) .
While it’s true that the “3Rs” have become a catalyzing movement of our times, the “reuse” part of this waste management trilogy is often overlooked. Thanks to ReuseConex, the International Reuse Conference & Expo, this is about to change!
If you work with a local reuse organization, if you shop at thrift stores or online resellers, if you buy or sell reusables, if you’re interested in green-collar jobs, and if you’re concerned about climate change – then join us for ReuseConex!
The theme for ReuseConex 2014 is Innovate. Transform. Sustain. — and we hope you’ll join us while we explore new methods and replicable models to make reuse work for your community. At ReuseConex you will find out more about the “triple bottom line” benefits of reuse, learn from and share best practices, and network with leaders in the reuse industry. Join us!
Comprising four new 5-6 storey apartment buildings and extensive landscaping over 18,500sqm, Gantry integrates new residential buildings within refurbished historic elements such as the 1920’s Motor Car Works and Fowler Pottery warehouse facades, and the gable ends of the historic High Bay Building.
Used carpet tiles clad walls that are insulated with junk, including floppy discs and toothbrushes, in this building designed by East Sussex studio BBM as a research facility and design workshop for the University of Brighton’s Faculty of Arts.
CEW said that it is implementing the latest technology to carry out the project, including photography drones (pictured) and design modelling.
A drone from Cardiff-based Heli-Eye is being used at various points throughout the project to easily and quickly capture aerial images, whilst Arup and Gillard Associates will be using BIM modelling to look at how design changes might affect reductions in waste.
Some of these projects breed creativity by encouraging experimental design — architects can think about approaching an established structure in a different way — and by devoting more space for public engagement. Perhaps most importantly, projects like the following enhance the placemaking and livability of their city.
Siobhan Spain’s brother installing reused barn wood in her kitchen.
Credit Courtesy of Siobhan Spain
Spain’s family deconstructed their barn instead of demolishing it. When you demolish a building, it gets torn down as quickly as possible without regard to what happens to the discarded materials. When you deconstruct a building, you take it apart piece by piece and try to resell or reuse everything you can.
Southwest is partnering with Kenyan social enterprise Alive and Kicking to make footballs from seat covers, but are projects like this viable? Photograph: Southwest Airlines
So Southwest joined the international upcycling trend. Partnering with upcycler Looptworks in Portland, Oregon, the airline will turn a portion of its leather seats into tote bags, duffle bags and backpacks that the airline will buy back to to use as gifts at events.
“The water conserved by making goods using old leather rather than virgin leather is enormous,” says Looptworks co-founder Scott Hamlin. “For each bag, 4,000 gallons of water is saved. In addition, there’s a CO2 reduction of up to 82%.”
DECON ’15 IS THE BUILDING MATERIALS REUSE ASSOCIATION’S CONFERENCE ON DECONSTRUCTION, BUILDING MATERIALS REUSE, AND C&D RECYCLING.
Join us for a lively, informative conference on the latest in deconstruction technology and materials-reuse applications and help choose hands-on learning excursions, top speakers, networking events, business growth strategies, and more!
via BMRA DeconExpo.
Starbucks design director Liz Muller worked with local artists to create a concept store inside a historic bank vault in Amsterdam. Via Dezeen.
The restaurant at Chile’s eco-tourism resort Espejo De Luna was built inside a seafaring vessel washed ashore.
Randy Smith and his two-man work from the hay-loft to carefully dissemble an 1910 era barn in a northwest corner of Marion County on Friday, June 20, 2014. The white poplar exterior planks will be shipped to a client in North Carolina who is re-constructing a turn-of-the-century farm site.
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A group of neighborhood residents recently saved Northwest Portland’s Goldsmith House from demolition. ( James Reddick/The Oregonian)
According to The Architectural Heritage Center, an estimated 389 demolitions took place in 2013 in neighborhoods across the city; it’s rumored that a demo per work day is happening in 2014. They have some ideas as places to start responding to the demolition epidemic:
(1) Require advance notice to surrounding property owners and residents. Right now, notice is only required by the city when more than one new house is proposed. There’s no notice/delay when a demo application and the replacement house permit are filed the same day. The city should require notice, and time for response, across the board.
(2) Change the definition of “demolition” in the city’s development code – a big problem is that any demolition that leaves any portion of a house still standing (such as a partial foundation wall) is called an “alteration” or “remodel,” not a demolition (which are seriously under-counted, as a result.) More typically, many other jurisdictions use “at least 50% of a structure remains standing” as the primary criterion for an alteration/remodel. If that’s reasonable enough for other cities and counties, it should be acceptable for Portland.
(3) Houses that are obviously historic (but unprotected) are those that have long been listed on the city’s 1983 Historic Resources Inventory, but many houses have reached the age of 50-plus since then. We propose a mandatory 120 day delay for houses on the HRI or at least 50-plus years old. These are likely the ones that need time for investigating alternatives to demolition.
(4) Require that existing front and side yard setbacks be maintained for the new house(s). One major concern is that after a demolition, a new house is not only usually bigger, but it covers much more of the lot, often changing the streetscape substantially. If the front- and side-yard setbacks stay the same for the new house, the streetscape remains more like its traditional neighbors.
Detroit has a rich history and that can be seen in the housing materials we are trying to save. Bricks and wood particularly are incredibly valuable in these homes and it would be awful to see them end up in landfills.
Site selection is key to the success of deconstruction. It is important to select areas in neighborhoods where community members will remain engaged and will keep an eye on properties. This will reduce vandalism and burned materials, which can make this process challenging.
The primary way this occurred, according to attorney David Anton, involved misclassifying demolition and construction waste. Under state law, ground up raw construction material that is labeled as “fines” can legally be used to cover up the top of a landfill – in order to prevent pests, fires, and odors, for example. When construction waste is ground up and used this way, it counts as “alternative daily cover” – like a layer of frosting on a giant cake of garbage – and strangely enough, the state allows waste disposal companies to count that frosting as “diverted waste” even though it’s actually part of the landfill.
The lawsuit claimed that Recology tried to count a great many tons of its construction and demolition waste as “fines” when in reality it should have been labeled just plain garbage, because the tons of stuff that they were shipping to the Solano County landfill wasn’t being processed to a fine enough grade to comply with state requirements for what constitutes “fines.”
Anneliese Bates with a bar created from an old piano.
Encore Reuse operates from Henmore Trading Estate, in Mayfield Road, and recycles old furniture, stopping it from going to landfill or from being dumped.
Good-quality furniture and household goods, which are donated, are sold in the warehouse.
But the charity makes itself sustainable by running an upcycling shop, located within the premises, called Vintage Green.
Rose’s plan is so controversial that over 800 Portlanders have signed a petition begging him to stop, lamenting over the loss of a historic structure.
The house was one of the first homes in Willamette Heights, built in 1892. There are pictures of the house from the 1890s, perched alone in grandeur on the recently logged hillside rising from Balch Creek. The years since then have seen multiple owners, and the house has been the site of many neighborhood gatherings, including annual Easter egg hunts — the sort of hunts and gatherings at which neighbors meet while their children play, and lifelong relationships are formed all around.
The house has been well-loved and cared for. To be sure, it’s over 100 years old, like many of the homes in Willamette Heights. For many of us, that has meant upgrading wiring or plumbing, or even replacing foundations. We understand that you may be now facing those sorts of costs, and we can assure you that they’re worth it. There’s no greater value than in preserving the character of the neighborhood.