Category Archives: Deconstruction

Juana Briones House in Palo Alto coming down piece by piece – San Jose Mercury News

Palo Alto’s oldest residence is being taken apart “brick by brick, board by board,” to the dismay of history buffs who have long fought to save it.

The dismantling of the Juana Briones House began Friday, said Kent Mitchell, a lawyer for the property’s owners. He said the city last week reinstated a demolition permit on hold since its issuance in 2007 due to a legal challenge by preservationists.

“For people who have been involved, it’s sad news,” said Scott Smithwick, president of the Palo Alto Stanford Heritage preservation group. “Not unexpected, but sad.”

Briones, a successful rancher and businesswoman, built the home at 4155 Old Adobe Road in the 1840s. The city initially fought plans by current owners Jaim Nulman and Avelyn Welczer to demolish the historic structure. The Friends of the Juana Briones House then took up the fight but ultimately lost when the California Supreme Court refused to hear its appeal of a lower court’s ruling favoring the owners.



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Home deconstruction: Can an entire house be recycled? – Kansas


Jack Williams and Jane York had their Kansas home ‘deconstructed’ and the materials resold or reused.

Photos courtesy of Jack Williams

Construction and demolition debris take up more than one-third of landfill space annually, but on average, more than 60 percent of a house – and in some cases, more than 75 percent – could be reused or recycled, says Bradley Guy, who researches architecture and deconstruction at The Catholic University of America.

“Deconstruction, although it’s difficult to do, offers a lot of opportunities,” says Jesse White, creator of and owner of an architectural salvage store in Sarasota, Fla.

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Deconstruction vs. Demolition : Mike J. Gold’s Blog

Deconstruction vs. Demolition

May 20, 2011 by Mike Gold · Leave a Comment

According to the National Association of Home Builders, about 245,000 homes and apartments are demolished every year, generating 74 million tons of waste. This construction and demolition (C&D) waste includes concrete, wood, brick, asphalt, metals, glass, and typically ends up in landfills. But by deconstructing instead of demolishing these homes and apartments, much of these materials can be put to good use.

Home deconstruction is the process of taking a building apart with the intention of salvaging all or part of the materials – and it’s a growing movement in the building industry. Deconstruction not only makes it possible to reuse materials, it also has these “green” benefits:

It reduces greenhouse gases, as well as noise pollution

Cuts the amount of materials going to a landfill

Exposes the possibility of unforeseen hazardous waste

Creates jobs

Homes that make the best candidates for deconstruction are either older homes that contain high-quality materials like old-growth lumber and hand-crafted moldings or new houses with modern, high-performance features, like energy-efficient windows.

If you would like more information about deconstruction, contact Habitat ReStores at, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance at or ask for referrals at your local recycling center.

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Colcord Hall Deconstruction | New Hampshire



Materials that are salvaged will be brought to Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, located in Dover, and will be sold to benefit the building of future Habitat for Humanity homes. The fee paid to Habitat for Humanity for the deconstruction will also be used to fund future and current Habitat for Humanity projects.

In addition to helping build Habitat houses, the average deconstruction also salvages 60 percent to 90 percent of the materials, vastly reducing the amount of waste that ends up in a landfill. To finish the massive project, Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity is aiming to have a crew of up to 20 volunteers to work on site for four or five days each week. The crews will be led by an experienced builder who has built hundreds of homes and renovated hundreds more.


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Delaware charity: Fixtures from never-opened hotel go to Habitat for Humanity | The News Journal |

Reclaimed fixtures to benefit Habitat for Humanity

The long-embroiled, twice-sold but never-opened Radisson hotel near New Castle this week took a new role — salvage site.

Habitat for Humanity is salvaging never-used material in the longtime white elephant from sinks to lights in its 193 rooms and halls.

“It’s like a ghost ship,” said Brian Cunningham, spokesman for nonprofit Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County.


Four questions for a pro: Jessie White of Sarasota Architectural Salvage | (Florida)

I found this article on my daily morning news hunt. I just posted the question I thought the most interesting, but the article itself is only okay.  I am encouraged to see more companies being created around building salvage (especially in Florida!!).  I will always post these types of news bits.  To see all four questions use the article link below.  Enjoy!

Jesse White, owner of Sarasota Architectural Salvage, in the “Side Yard” of his Central Avenue business. His company provides used building materials and other items reclaimed from deconstructed buildings. STAFF PHOTO / HAROLD BUBIL

Q:How do you get jobs doing architectural recycling work?

A:Our contacts are builders, home owners and demolition contractors, and we are called to go into a building and pull out anything of value before it gets knocked down.

We recently got our license to do demolition ourselves, so I’m hoping we will get contracts, and, in the process, save 20 to 40 percent of the building by doing a whole-house deconstruction.

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