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1920’s Portland, Oregon House for Sale: 3 beds 1 bath 1,078 sqft SE 119th Ave 

I love the wooded feeling the trees give while still being in an urban setting. The floor plan is functional with 1920’s touches. And the energy upgrade completely turned this from drafty and cold to comfortable and efficient.

Recently renovated, green and energy efficient upgrades. This 1920’s style ranch home in mature David Douglas area. Owner is a General Contractor and Passive House builder & Consultant that remodeled this home from top to bottom and inside to outside. The home features over 1000 square feet of living space, three bedrooms with a functional floor plan. Outside entry area for the unfinished basement that is perfect for storage or a workshop.

 

Source: 3251 SE 119th Ave, Portland, OR 97266 | Zillow

The Ancient Party Barn Went from 18th Century to Smart | Digital Trends

The buildings — the barn, stables, and dairy — on Staple Farm in Kent, England were in disrepair. The firm worked to salvage what they could and turn the barn into a home away from home for the couple. Though they wanted to maintain the “barn’s brooding presence,” according to the architects, they added modern amenities like a ground-source heat pump, LED lamps, and security systems. The lights, HVAC system, and security systems are all Internet-connected, so the owners can monitor their barn when they travel. There’s also a fireplace built into the spiral staircase, that leads up to the mezzanine sleeping area.

Source: The Ancient Party Barn Went from 18th Century to Smart | Digital Trends

Bob Falk, Building Material Reuse Pioneer – Shares his Home Remodel Progress

Bob Falk is a veteran building material reuse and deconstruction expert. One could say he wrote the book on how to salvage building materials.  Unbuilding: Salvaging the Architectural treasures of unwanted Houses was released in 2007 as the first book taking you through the process of deconstructing a building. The topic was so new that the publishers had a hard time finding a category for it. To this day you can find Unbuilding in construction, green building, woodworking, waste diversion and other various places.

Bob has a PhD in engineering and works at the USDA Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin as a Research Engineer. Bob has published extensively on the recycling and reuse of wood materials.

Bob shares his house remodel progress below.

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“My daughter Abby helping me lay radiant tubing in my new woodshop. Blue foam insulation is salvaged.

 

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Reclaimed steel framework for garage…from an old coal plant. I designed and welded up all the components.

 

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Front of new addition before stucco. All trim boards are reclaimed DF bleacher seats.
All insulation on the inside are industrial seconds from a insulation manufacturer. Garage doors are salvaged and rebuilt.
 Stonework is salvaged from a garage I tore down. Light fixture is salvaged from a teardown. Gutters and downspouts are now copper.

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 Here’s the house today. Still not finished on inside. The right side was built in 1927. I have replaced all the windows, exterior woodwork, and stucco. Everything to the left of the main gable is new.  The tall lighting fixture on the right side of the driveway was an original street lighting fixture installed in our Village in the 1920’s. I was able to find two from a house teardown. I bought from the new property owner and rewired/repurposed for driveway lights.
You can’t see it in the pictures but I salvaged from a teardown two clay chimney pots that now reside on top of my chimney.  Also, I bought 800 sf of red oak flooring from HFH Restore that will be using in the house to match the existing, just can’t match with new flooring.” 

 

Out with the New: Reinventing the Past in a London Remodel: Remodelista

Newly built old English kitchen in the London flat of designer Patrick Williams of Berdoulat | RemodelistaPhotography via Berdoulat.

His two-bedroom flat is a showcase of the Berdoulat approach: “What drives us is not purely a conservative nostalgia, but a love of truth and a dedication to the creation of beautiful, unique, well-crafted products,” he writes in the company manifesto, and points out that secondhand shops sell well-made items at prices comparable to Ikea’s.

Berdoulat is passionate about sash windows and abhors the UPVC replacements, which are slowly but surely ruining many period buildings across the land.” To “help raise awareness about the plight of the native sash,” he designed a Save Our Sashes from Plastic Surgery T-shirt that he sells on his site.

Penguin books organized by color in a Victorian flat reinvented by designer Patrick Williams of Berdoulat in London | Remodelista

Photography via Berdoulat.

via Out with the New: Reinventing the Past in a London Remodel: Remodelista.

The carte blanche carpenter’s house | Home & Garden | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon

Only the tower’s top level is still a bedroom, now with reclaimed fir floors, handcrafted mahogany bed and window frames, and whimsical oak dresser. (Collin Andrew/The Register-Guard)

“But what I like to do with all of those things, is try to select out the stuff so that it doesn’t look like a salvaged house,” Pollack ruminates. “I never wanted it to look that way. I wanted it to look like everything was selected from a top-notch building supply store … but it wasn’t.”

via The carte blanche carpenter’s house | Home & Garden | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon.

James Lee House – James Lee House Renovation – House Beautiful

Photos courtesy of The James Lee House

A historic house in Memphis was sold for a buck and turned into a bed and breakfast within a year. Jose and Jennifer Velázquez had dreams of opening their own B&B, and after 24 years they found the perfect place — The James Lee House, an abandoned and rundown Victorian built in 1848 that’s listed on the National Historic Register.

via James Lee House – James Lee House Renovation – House Beautiful.

Reuse, recycle, remodel!

Instead of simply taking a sledgehammer to their old kitchen and heaping the remnants into a landfill, the Walmsleys carefully deconstructed the space in order to reuse the cabinets, the cabinet doors and other features of the kitchen.

“Getting our countertops off was just horrible, but it was definitely worth reusing the cabinets,” Walmsley said. “A few coats of paint and some polyurethane, and it’s in good shape now.”

Rewind the clock Deconstruction is an antidote to remodeling demolition. Instead of throwing away materials like cabinetry and lumber, they are reused or recycled. “Deconstruction is basically construction in reverse,” said Max Rubinstein, deconstruction manager at Build It Green!, New York City. “Basically we’re doing everything that was done originally except we’re doing it in rewind.”

via Reuse, recycle, remodel!.

New life for weathered Duluth building | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

It wasn’t until after the couple bought the two-story, 3,740-square-foot structure that they learned it had been the Duluth Weather Bureau building from 1904 to 1950. They also learned the Incline Railway tramway had run along the 400-foot-long property on its way up the hill to a grand pavilion that burned a few years before the weather bureau building was built.

“That history just made it more exciting,” said Teri Gunnarson, a physician for Essentia Health.

The Gunnarsons have embraced that history, meticulously reusing bricks and wood flooring removed during demolition and bringing in other reclaimed materials to add character to what is now a modern, cutting-edge home with geothermal and solar energy systems.

via New life for weathered Duluth building | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota.

Habitat for Humanity dedicates restored home to Tuscaloosa WWII veteran on his 85th birthday (photos, video) | al.com

Bishop’s home in Alberta was gutted completely two weeks ago, leaving only its foundation, frame and some siding left standing. Since then, an intense restoration project, sponsored by Habitat for Humanity and led by the University of Alabama’s Campus Veteran’s Association, has been in overdrive to allow friends, family and community leaders to dedicate Bishop’s renovated home as a present to him Thursday, the 85th birthday of the Tuscaloosa veteran of both World War II and the Korean War.

“This is the best birthday I’ve ever had,” a tearful Bishop said. “I’ve had a lot of them, but this is by far the best. I moved into this house when I was 20 years old, and now I’m 85. I’ve been here quite a while, but this is the best birthday I’ve ever had.”

Don’t miss all the pictures and the video via Habitat for Humanity dedicates restored home to Tuscaloosa WWII veteran on his 85th birthday (photos, video) | al.com.

Confessions of a tile addict | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

At the Restore store she could “buy mismatched tiles, and we could finally put down a tile floor on our 180-square-foot screened porch, and get rid of our horrible plastic, green-grass carpet.”

Away Skeen went, spending hours sorting through boxes and stacks of tiles. She knew the ones she chose had to be the same thickness, the right dimensions and in colors that would work.

After spending $171 dollars, and buying several hundred tiles, she and her husband, Greg Skeen, were ready for the porch transformation.

Greta experimented with tile layouts for the porch amid trees and nature. After deciding on a pattern, she and Greg “gleefully” ripped out the green carpet reminiscent of “The Brady Bunch” backyard.

via Confessions of a tile addict | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com.

Survey Says: More People Will Be Building with Recycled Building Materials This Spring – WSJ.com

The Wall Street Journal reported on building material reuse today. I say that is newsworthy!

Paul Hamtil of Hamtil Construction, a contractor in St. Louis, said, “As a rule, I know that most of our clients do care that we send as much demo material as possible to be salvaged, donated, or recycled. At the end of the day, whether using or donating recycled material, it brings a new level of satisfaction to the process of remodeling.”

via Survey Says: More People Will Be Building with Recycled Building Materials This Spring – WSJ.com.

Design*Sponge | Before & After: Portland Home redo

Textile and interior designer Vicki Simon decided to completely transform her small home in Portland, Oregon, replacing synthetic surfaces with all salvaged and eco-friendly materials. The results are dreamy, especially this gorgeous open, airy kitchen, which is actually a combination of the original kitchen and the front porch.

Nothing feels overdone, and the color palette is a perfect balance of bright white, earthy neutrals and beautiful natural woods. Naturally, Vicki’s rug designs fit perfectly with the overall aesthetic, which reads as warm, understated, organic chic. If I ever get a chance to renovate a home, I’m definitely taking some cues from Vicki.

Salvaged Materials

The ReBuilding Center, Portland, OR

Salvage Works PDX, Portland, OR

Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage, Aurora, OR

Timby’s Dip & Strip, Portland, OR

Old Portland Hardware, Portland, OR

ReStore Habitat for Humanity, Portland, OR

Rejuvenation, Portland, OR

Hippo Hardware, Portland, OR

Monticello Antique Mall, Portland, OR

eBay

Craigslist

Flea Markets all over Oregon

Ohmega Salvage, Berkeley, CA

Urban Ore, Berkeley, CA

via Design*Sponge | Your home for all things Design. Home Tours, DIY Project, City Guides, Shopping Guides, Before & Afters and much more.

Harbor Habitat for Humanity has first rehab of vacant home | ABC57 | South Bend IN News, Weather and Sports | Local News

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. – “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” joked Erin Hudson with Harbor Habitat for Humanity. The organization finished their latest experiment in Benton Harbor.

Tuesday a bright, yellow home looks brand new at 1354 Agard Street.

Looks can be deceiving.

The home on Agard is a rehab of a vacant building, the first rehab Harbor Habitat has completed. “We’re trying to do whatever we can to make the dollars we have go as far as possible,” said Hudson.

Hudson said building on the home’s solid foundation saved the project about $20,000.

“It feels like a brand new home,” said Alica Isom, the new owner.

Isom said she was proud her home was the organization’s experiment. She thinks there is plenty of potential in the area. “I think it’s a good way to restore the history of Benton Harbor.”

“We thought we could make an impact on the community building from the ground up instead of tearing down,” said Hudson.

Not every rehab saves money. Hudson said some structures are more expensive to fix than build new.

Hudson said if another opportunity comes along, the group will jump on it. “That’s the goal,” she said. “To get to the point where we basically get more bang for the buck.”

via Harbor Habitat for Humanity has first rehab of vacant home | ABC57 | South Bend IN News, Weather and Sports | Local News.

Salvaging Pieces of the Past | How to Use Salvaged Building Materials in New Construction | Photos | Salvage | This Old House

Salvage wood materials

“I’m Yankee and I’m cheap,” jokes Tom. “If used parts are in good shape, I’d rather recycle them than buy new.” So, after knocking out walls and tearing up floors, the TOH team was left with centuries-old wood and brick that might have been destined for the Dumpster at many job sites. Instead, they’ve been picking through the pile, spotting pieces with potential, then transforming these and other old house parts into finishes, details, and furnishings. These salvage projects will make even brand-new areas look perfectly at home next to existing rooms, and will also keep intact the house’s historic character—the very thing the Titlows fell in love with. Read on to see what’s in the works.

via Salvaging Pieces of the Past | How to Use Salvaged Building Materials in New Construction | Photos | Salvage | This Old House.