Anthony Barrineau, co-owner of Alternative Constructors in Fort Lauderdale, leans against the reclaimed dining room table in a Fort Lauderdale home the company is remodeling. MARSHA HALPER / Miami Herald Staff
In the last decade, Florida-based contractors, interior designers and builders have started to pull reusable items from torn-down homes and buildings for use in other projects.
Shambora said he tries to incorporate reused goods into every project. He keeps a phone list of demolition companies and retrieves materials like mirrors, drawers and wood when the phone rings.
“We offer something different. It’s not your cookie cutter, out-of-the-box construction company,” Shambora said.
The buying market is also strong, said Missy Monokian, director of ReStore for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami. The Liberty City store, which closed in March, sold used items like hurricane shutters, plumbing supplies, drywall and plywood. On an average day, Monokian said the store served several hundred people.