Category Archives: Reuse Design

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)

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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

London Plan: New document to help architects embed circular economy principles | News | Architects Journal

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Prasad would like to see architects ‘go for it’ even without the requirements of the London Plan. He said: ‘Circular economy applies to buildings of all scale and all types, and I would love to see it being applied to smaller buildings than the threshold indicates at the moment.’ He said this was not ‘a glum duty’ or ‘dreadful imposition’. ‘It’s a fantastic opportunity to innovate and think in different ways. And the lovely thing is, it can be done on so many fronts. As the name implies, the circular econo

Source: London Plan: New document to help architects embed circular economy principles | News | Architects Journal

A Vintage-Style Kitchen Remodel by Peg and Awl Marries Old and New

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The house was their living quarters, initial work space, and ongoing project—it had been added onto over the years, and the previous owner, a high school shop teacher, “trash picked historic doors and windows considered garbage,” says Margaux. “He used his finds to restore the rooms closer to their former, albeit frankensteined, self.”

Source: A Vintage-Style Kitchen Remodel by Peg and Awl Marries Old and New

How design decisions on materials are “disproportionately damning the world to further climate change” | TreeHugger

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Because of the Upfront Carbon emissions from building, groups like the World Green Building Council have suggested that we have to “question the need to use materials at all, considering alternative strategies for delivering the desired function, such as increasing utilisation of existing assets through renovation or reuse.” They also noted that we have to “prioritize materials which are low or zero carbon, responsibly sourced, and which have low lifecycle impact in other areas.”

Source: How design decisions on materials are “disproportionately damning the world to further climate change” | TreeHugger

Forget van life. Coloradans are living in school buses (a.k.a. skoolies)

Converting old school buses

Charlie Kern, co-owner of Chrome Yellow, converts old school buses into homes on wheels on Sept. 3 in Arvada. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

“Honestly, I think part of it is that good-looking people on social media are doing it,” Kern said. “Plus, housing costs are high, especially in Denver and other major cities.”

Source: Forget van life. Coloradans are living in school buses (a.k.a. skoolies)

Lunar lander tiny house builder is having a blast on the Columbia River – oregonlive.com

A breakfast nook has a parquet wooden table from the first boat Hughes built and starship sleek bench seats in which to peer out of the planet-shaped glass. Hughes calls this his “Captain Nemo window,” a nod to one of his favorite childhood books, Jules Verne’s “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.”

Source: Lunar lander tiny house builder is having a blast on the Columbia River – oregonlive.com

Elizabeth Warren’s Crusade Against Corruption | The New Yorker

Elizabeth Warren speaking under the arch in Washington Square Park, in New York, on Monday night, to a crowd that her campaign says numbered more than twenty thousand people.Photograph by Drew Angerer / Getty

A lectern placed on top was made from reclaimed wood from the Maine home of Frances Perkins, the early-twentieth-century labor activist. According to Warren’s campaign, the lectern was built by craftspeople at a woman-owned woodworking company based in Brooklyn, who designed the base to resemble the soapboxes that Perkins and other labor organizers would have used. It was a stage set created to reflect the central theme of Warren’s campaign: the importance of the rights of working people, and the ways that

Source: Elizabeth Warren’s Crusade Against Corruption | The New Yorker

Do vintage electric guitars really sound better with age? – Guitar.com | All Things Guitar

Dennis Fano with a Serus T in Novo's Nashville workshop

Dennis Fano with a Serus T in Novo’s Nashville workshop

Dennis Fano’s Novo brand builds remarkable electric guitars from tempered and reclaimed timber, and we have never encountered structurally similar guitars with more natural resonance. I’ve also played some recent ultra-high-end Les Paul replicas made from very old wood that already sound like they’re decades old.

Source: Do vintage electric guitars really sound better with age? – Guitar.com | All Things Guitar

thomas dambo builds 7 giant trolls made from reclaimed wood in belgian forest

images courtesy of thomas dambo

using old shelves, pallets, and branches from fallen trees, dambo has built the giant wooden trolls. the installation marks the 15th anniversary of the electronic festival as a gift to the local community. over 200 volunteers helped to collect the materials needed before dambo and a crew of 15 people spent 25 weeks building the sculptures.

Source: thomas dambo builds 7 giant trolls made from reclaimed wood in belgian forest

Eccentric Inventor John Hays Hammond Jr. Built A Castle in Gloucester

The castle’s exterior mixes architectural styles, including 13th-century French Gothic. / Photo by Michele Snow

He scoured Europe for architectural salvage, buying up archways, façades, windows, and wall panels from the rubble of World War I. These centuries-old artifacts were incorporated alongside new construction materials (including wood intentionally weathered with seawater for an old-timey look). The result so impressed John D. Rockefeller, an avid art collector, that the tycoon used it as a model for the Cloisters in New York—the only museum in the United States to exclusively showcase art from the Middle Ages

Source: Eccentric Inventor John Hays Hammond Jr. Built A Castle in Gloucester

Rare octagon house is one of only a handful left in Minnesota | Star Tribune

Octagon houses were a thing in the 19th century.

They also completely remodeled the kitchen, adding marmoleum flooring, salvaged century-old walnut and birch cabinets, and a unique countertop. “We found a section of bowling alley lane. I edged it in walnut,” Sours said.

Source: Rare octagon house is one of only a handful left in Minnesota | Star Tribune