Category Archives: Reuse Design

Preserving the history of deconstructed Sask. barns | CTV News

Prairie Barn Brothers

The Prairie Barn Brothers are taking on their biggest project yet: the deconstruction of a 126 x 68 two-storey timber frame barn. (Stefanie Davis/CTV News)

“There’s so many different unique applications you can do with the barn wood that just makes it stunning,” he said. “We regularly get cedar, fir, spruce and spine as the major types of wood.”

Source: Preserving the history of deconstructed Sask. barns | CTV News

Aurora Mills Expanding Retail Footprint, with Place for Large Things and Airplane Wings

“Yeah, we have one of those,” Byrnes said with a laugh. “It was for a giant. And it will be for other large items: back bars, theater lighting, airplane wings, floor boards, things like that. I like to joke that we could fit a double-decker English bus in there.”

Source: Aurora Mills Expanding Retail Footprint, with Place for Large Things and Airplane Wings

10 tips on salvage materials from Jimmy Mitchell – Living Building Chronicle

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Skanska’s Jimmy Mitchell has been a strong advocate for salvaged building materials for more than a decade.

From Long Beach to Boston, a new generation of organizations has grown up around the deconstruction of buildings and the sale of reusable materials. They’re often nonprofits backed by local architects, builders and environmental groups. Their aim is to build a supply chain that puts salvaged goods on equal footing with new products and materials.

Source: 10 tips on salvage materials from Jimmy Mitchell – Living Building Chronicle

Ultimate Cozy Cabins: Rustic Retreats Made from Converted Antique Train Cars

Built for transporting cargo, the train cars date from the early th century and have been fully refurbished for year-round living: each has a sitting room, full kitchen, bedroom, and bath.

Above: Built for transporting cargo, the train cars date from the early 20th century and have been fully refurbished for year-round living: each has a sitting room, full kitchen, bedroom, and bath.

Join us for a tour of our favorite attraction, the two antique railway carriages that they converted into storybook guest quarters, each overlooking a lake.

Source: Ultimate Cozy Cabins: Rustic Retreats Made from Converted Antique Train Cars

Salvage beauty: Builder delights in designing with discards – Mount Desert Islander

Keith Raymond designs and builds houses using reclaimed materials. ISLANDER PHOTOS BY SARAH HINCKLEY

Different types of wood aren’t the only thing Raymond seeks to salvage from assorted online sites. He also finds windows, appliances, tiles and fixtures. Recently, Raymond had a lead on a slate sink that slipped through his fingers.

Source: Salvage beauty: Builder delights in designing with discards – Mount Desert Islander

Architectural Salvage: Hot Real Estate Trend

New York's historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel English Regency marble fireplace mantel

“Salvaged from old buildings or junkyards, these items ensure a home’s uniqueness,” says George DeMarco, real estate agent with Halstead Manhattan, “and can boost resale value if done well. Walking into new construction and seeing a blast from the architectural past often can make just enough difference in the buyer’s mind to help make the sale.”

Source: Architectural Salvage: Hot Real Estate Trend

Vena Cava – Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico – Gastro Obscura

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That Gregory lived a past life as a sailor is evident in the nautical theme running through Vena Cava’s design, which playfully juxtaposes with the winery’s desert setting. That he has a soft spot for sustainability is evident in much of it being made from reclaimed materials.

Source: Vena Cava – Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico – Gastro Obscura

John Folan, Professor and Head of Architecture, Accorded National and Pennsylvania Honors | University of Arkansas

Image courtesy of John Folan
Millvale Moose is an adaptive reuse project that won an AIA Pennsylvania Honor Award and a Design Pittsburgh Certificate of Merit.

The Millvale Moose project is an adaptive reuse of an abandoned Moose Lodge in Millvale, Pennsylvania, that transformed an underutilized structure into a public venue housing a commercial kitchen and a communal social space. The project used reconstituted marble slabs and lumber from buildings that were taken down.

Source: John Folan, Professor and Head of Architecture, Accorded National and Pennsylvania Honors | University of Arkansas

City must reuse old bricks to build Butler Street head house: EPA • Brooklyn Paper

The city needs to use original brick to reconstruct the corner of 234 Butler St. Photo by Meg Capone

Federal and state officials have upheld an agreement with the city to reuse tens of thousands of original bricks to restore the facade of the historic Gowanus Station site when construction crews tear down the building for a new water-filtration facility, according to an April 21 letter.

Source: City must reuse old bricks to build Butler Street head house: EPA • Brooklyn Paper

The big idea behind the ‘tiny house’ movement | Financial Times

Tom Lear at his tiny house © Izzy de Wattripont

Tom Lear’s tiny house, near Bristol, is made entirely from reclaimed wood and cost £6,000 to build © Izzy de Wattripont

“I wanted a log-cabin vibe,” he says. Sustainability plays a big part in Lear’s project: nearly every surface, both external and internal, is made from reclaimed wood.

Source: The big idea behind the ‘tiny house’ movement | Financial Times

The importance of materials recovery coordination in construction & demolition – Waste Today

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Frankly, the design industry just isn’t thinking about what will happen at the end of material life. And if the design industry isn’t thinking about it, and isn’t asking manufacturers to create products that cater to these needs, the result is a vast disconnect between how and what we are putting into our buildings and the ability to reuse or recycle these items at the end of their initial lives.

Source: The importance of materials recovery coordination in construction & demolition – Waste Today

Wheelbarrow Bass Drives A Sound Garden | Hackaday

[Vicious Squid] dug in to the fertile soil of the garden implement world and cultivated a three-string upright bass with a rich, soulful sound from a familiar workhorse — an aluminium wheelbarrow.

Much of the build is made from reclaimed wood, like the solid mahogany neck from an old door frame, and a broom handle.

Source: Wheelbarrow Bass Drives A Sound Garden | Hackaday

A Portland Distillery Is Making Its Own Hand Cleaner in the Wake of Coronavirus – Willamette Week

IMAGE: Courtesy of Shine Distillery.

Shine Distillery and Grill, on North Williams Avenue, is repurposing the high-proof byproduct from its 130-gallon steel-and-copper still to produce hand cleaner, and making it available to the public in 2.7-ounce bottles.

Source: A Portland Distillery Is Making Its Own Hand Cleaner in the Wake of Coronavirus – Willamette Week

How second-hand stores are adapting to increasing fast-fashion donations – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

rubbish compactor pushing a pile of waste

PHOTO: Australian Red Cross Head of Retail Richard Wood says about 6,000 kilograms of textiles go into landfill every 10 minutes. (ABC Capricornia: Paul Robinson)

“That is trying to get the product to its original fibre content and to be able to repurpose it into other materials, potentially things like building materials.

Source: How second-hand stores are adapting to increasing fast-fashion donations – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Meet local 3D artist Gregory Stallmeyer : Arts : Smile Politely

Image: Photo of two metal circles on metal stands filled with multicolored resin and automative paint starbursts planted outside the artist’s studio like flowers. Photo by Debra Domal

These human-made flowers, grown from repurposed materials, seem perfectly at home in nature.

Source: Meet local 3D artist Gregory Stallmeyer : Arts : Smile Politely

Sweet Olive Cottage – Columbia Metropolitan Magazine

Jenni and Andy Wilson’s move to a 1923 Tudor Revival on South Edisto was, for Jenni, a dream come true. Marrying old and new architecture with a classic cottage feel, the renovation is masterful. The 100 to 200 year old reclaimed French terracotta floor tiles in the kitchen are the pièces de résistance, and the ILVE Italian 48-inch black enameled range with brass claw feet is a much used and loved focal point.

The island is made from reclaimed heart pine from the house.

Source: Sweet Olive Cottage – Columbia Metropolitan Magazine

A Portland Software Engineer Is Bringing the Pay Phone Back, Minus the “Pay” Part – Willamette Week

IMAGE: Mick Hangland-Skill

“The way I describe it is that it’s ‘radically accessible,'” he says. “All you need to be able to do is hear and talk.” Through grants, Anderson has expanded Futel to 10 booths in Portland, as well as Detroit and Ypsilanti, Mich., and Seaview, Wash., using hardware salvaged from Craigslist.

Source: A Portland Software Engineer Is Bringing the Pay Phone Back, Minus the “Pay” Part – Willamette Week

Perkins and Will StudioIDS Office Shows the Impact of Adaptive Reuse

Credit: ASID

Excess tabletops from the old office were cut to make adjustable shelving in the gallery wall, and millwork was reused in the print and model shop rooms. Overall, 16% of the total material cost for the project was salvaged and repurposed from the old office. 68% of the furniture was also reused (amounting to $100,000 savings).

Source: Perkins and Will StudioIDS Office Shows the Impact of Adaptive Reuse

St. Raphael steeple getting the barn treatment so it can live on in pieces of art | Local News | madison.com

St. Raphael

Jeremiah Logemann rummages through a storage locker Friday to show off some of the parts from the St. Raphael steeple that he plans to turn into pieces of art. St. Raphael in Downtown Madison was destroyed by fire in 2005. Since its demolition in 2008, the steeple has been kept in a lot along East Washington Avenue, but Logemann assumed ownership of the spire in June when the Madison Diocese was looking for a way to dispose of the 18-ton structure.  STEVE APPS/STATESMAN JOURNAL

“I’ve been busy as hell since that day. It’s kind of miraculous,” Logemann said. “There are a lot of people in Madison that either just want art to make their place look cooler or they like the story of the steeple or a barn or they’re philanthropists. It doesn’t matter where their heart is at. We’ve got the material and I have the drive to make it. We can make great public art all over this city.”

Source: St. Raphael steeple getting the barn treatment so it can live on in pieces of art | Local News | madison.com

Equihen Plage: Village Of Upside Down Boat Houses – Unusual Places

Back at the beginning of the 1900s, Equihen Plage was known, as one of the best spots for fishing. As many boats were left to be destroyed on the shore, local fishermen used them as roofs for their handmade shelters. At the time, the area was called Quartier des Quilles en l’Air: the neighborhood of keels in the air.

Source: Equihen Plage: Village Of Upside Down Boat Houses – Unusual Places

Recycling helped Ken build his dream home from items destined for the dump – ABC News 

The staircase of the unique family home in January 2020 that Logan man Ken Aitken built on five acres in 1981.

PHOTO: Mr Aitken says the main stairs are made with wood from a settler’s hut built in the 1880s. (ABC News: Anna Hartley)

The landscape architect, now 70, salvaged centuries-old stones and wooden beams from historical buildings, including the city’s courthouses, jails and flour mills which have since been lost.

Source: Recycling helped Ken build his dream home from items destined for the dump – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

How an Irvington Company Salvaged a Century-Old Barn | NJ Monthly

Dismantling a historic barn is an exacting process, requiring weeks of logistical planning. Because the team hopes to repurpose every piece of wood, most work is done by hand, with the occasional support of heavy machinery. “The barn has its own plan,” says manager Anthony Saraceno. “There are always surprises.” Photo by Joe Polillio

Each salvage job is unique. In the case of Pitney Farm, a portion of the grounds is to be converted into a public park. Some of the salvaged wood was set aside to build benches for the park. Real Antique Wood will repurpose the rest. “I’ve probably made 25 mantels from the beams of that barn already,” says Anthony Saraceno, who manages the mill and Real Antique Wood.

Source: How an Irvington Company Salvaged a Century-Old Barn | NJ Monthly

Virtuous circles: Can reusing building materials in new projects go mainstream? | News | Architects Journal

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‘To me, this indicates the need to further question the current practices of the construction sector. How is it that something so simple and obvious as keeping reusable resources intact and in circulation can have become so complicated to put into practice?’

Source: Virtuous circles: Can reusing building materials in new projects go mainstream? | News | Architects Journal

Why tomorrow’s architecture will use yesterday’s materials | Financial Times

Demounting ceramic tiles in the Institut de Génie Civil in Liège

A team of workers demounts ceramic tiles in the Institut de Génie Civil in Liège © OPHOTO

“We see this as a pilot project, research,” Devlieger says. “[We are] testing methods for the professionalisation of reuse. Architects sometimes don’t understand the power they have. They are diverting huge streams of money towards new materials when they specify and there are social, environmental and economic consequences of those decisions.”

Source: Why tomorrow’s architecture will use yesterday’s materials | Financial Times

Barn salvaged for art | Englewood Sun | yoursun.com

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Dale Galvin grinds nails from roofing along Old Englewood Road. Some of the roofing will be used to create artwork by artists Lisa McQueen and Gary Carlberg. Sun Photos by Sandy Macys

“People are stopping by asking for a piece of it because it’s a part of their childhood,” Parks said. “It was a part of my life. This is my grandmother’s homestead. My mother was born in 1924 and was raised here.”

Source: Barn salvaged for art | Englewood Sun | yoursun.com

| Lundberg Design – Lundberg/Breuer Cabin

Most of the project has been built using reclaimed materials from various projects over the years. The windows are all steel sash from, at last count, five different remodel projects. The pool is perhaps the most notable example; it used to be a water tank for livestock. At 25-feet diameter and 14-feet deep it provides a wonderful black hole of water, particularly in a full moon.

Source: | Lundberg Design

Dynamic duo – The Martha’s Vineyard Times

“The wood is generally all reclaimed pieces from when we do renovations or additions,” says the artist. “I work for a high-end company [John G. Early Contractor and Builder], so we have a lot of uncommon things — antique flooring, antique beams. It would normally be trash, but it’s completely usable. The older and more weathered it is, for me, the more appealing. I prefer that to something that’s too clean and polished.”

Source: Dynamic duo – The Martha’s Vineyard Times

Salvaged goods can bring distinctive touch to modern homes –  The Columbus Dispatch – Columbus, OH

“I’m first and foremost a preservationist,” Sauer said. “I don’t like to see historic buildings come down.” But, when buildings are demolished or remodeled, saving as much as possible is important, Sauer said, noting, “I don’t like seeing this stuff end up in a landfill.”

Source: Salvaged goods can bring distinctive touch to modern homes – Real Estate – The Columbus Dispatch – Columbus, OH

Warming the soul and learning to ski in Switzerland – Manchester Evening News

The warm and vast pool at the spa at Tschuggen Grand Hotel (Image: Manchester Evening News)

Stretching over 800m, its relaxation pool is bordered by views of the snow covered mountains, the two saunas, one set at an eco friendly 60 degrees, are made from reclaimed wood and have windows that act as a portal to the icy, white world outside.

Source: Warming the soul and learning to ski in Switzerland – Manchester Evening News

A South Philly rowhouse reborn through Craigslist, flea markets, estate sales, salvage yards

A South Philly rowhouse reborn through Craigslist, flea markets, estate sales, salvage yards

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For example, the staircase combines six different woods from 10 different buildings in what Clark calls “an ode to Frank Furness,” the legendary architect who designed the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. “I kind of puzzled it together,” he says.

Source: A South Philly rowhouse reborn through Craigslist, flea markets, estate sales, salvage yards

Not Entropy – e-flux Architecture – e-flux

Rotor, Plateforme Réemploi, 2017. Source: Rotor.

Reusing architectural elements is a practice that is as long as the history of mankind. At one point, midcentury, this practice started to disappear. Industrial progress, capitalism, evolving demographics, and culture led to a different paradigm of practice. We’ve never seen our approach as one of invention. Our practice is more today about rediscovering existing practices. We see ourselves trying to connect the past to potential futures.

Source: Not Entropy – e-flux Architecture – e-flux

Halfway There: After Making Progress in Operational Efficiency, Buildings Must Now Consider Embodied Carbon – Urban Land Magazine

Reclaimed timber—the entryway alone used more than 2,000 pieces of reclaimed timber. Art installations made from 85 percent repurposed construction waste, recycled and diverted from landfills.

Source: Halfway There: After Making Progress in Operational Efficiency, Buildings Must Now Consider Embodied Carbon – Urban Land Magazine