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Quakes fuel boost to Wellington economy | Stuff.co.nz

GOING NATIVE: Grant Scaife at his salvage yard at Mangaroa, Upper Hutt.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of native timber is being salvaged from earthquake-prone Wellington buildings.

But while some items such as matai flooring are in hot demand, “stacks” of rimu beams and other forms of native timber are languishing in recycling yards because of a lack of demand.

via Quakes fuel boost to Wellington economy | Stuff.co.nz.

Oak Wine Barrel Coffee Table by John Whitmarsh on Instructables

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I’m not sure how I came up with the idea, but it probably happened while I was in wine country, tasting wine and I had a moment of inspiration while under the influence. In any case, I wanted to make something a little different than the normal chunky wine barrel furniture – something a little more graceful and contemporary. I’d never seen curved barrel staves turned on their side before, so I decided to start there.

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via Oak Wine Barrel Coffee Table.

Dumpster Diving to Save the Chesapeake Bay | Christy Everett

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When people think about cutting-edge architecture and design, they often think about high-costs and space-age technology. But a key component of the Living Building Challenge is to use as many recycled and reusable materials as possible to save natural resources, energy, and costs.

So for past year and a half, we’ve been dumpster diving to salvage and use materials for the Brock Center that otherwise would go to the local landfill.

via Dumpster Diving to Save the Chesapeake Bay | Christy Everett.

Little Relaxation Cabin Built From Mostly Salvaged Materials | Designs & Ideas on Dornob

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According to Diedricksen, the cabin wasn’t even planned – it just came along as kind of an afterthought during one of his small home building workshops. Being a long-time collector of salvaged and donated building materials, he had just about everything he needed on hand already.

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via Little Relaxation Cabin Built From Mostly Salvaged Materials | Designs & Ideas on Dornob.

Daylit Casa Estero Puente Built Using Wood Salvaged From Abandoned Villas in Chile | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

Projects like this show that there’s really no reason to waste anything in construction anymore! The eco-conscious Casa Estero Puente in Puerto Varas, Chile, was built using wood salvaged from abandoned villas in the area.

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via Daylit Casa Estero Puente Built Using Wood Salvaged From Abandoned Villas in Chile | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

Cafe built of salvaged Katrina wood opens 9 years after the storm, fulfilling lifelong dream | NOLA.com

The café’s interior is built from reclaimed wood. It’s all milled of trees felled by the storm’s winds on Aug. 29, 2005. Instead of adding the trunks and limbs to the giant piles of post-storm roadside rubble, Fitzmorris used to it realize one of her dreams.

via Cafe built of salvaged Katrina wood opens 9 years after the storm, fulfilling lifelong dream | NOLA.com.

With recycling, Re Store becomes Ballard Reuse | Pacific NW | The Seattle Times

Joel Blaschke, co-owner of Ballard Reuse, shows off a lounge chair made from salvaged fir and crafted by fellow Ballard Reuse staffer James Taylor. Blaschke is sitting atop a pile of salvaged fir.

Joel Blaschke, co-owner of Ballard Reuse, shows off a lounge chair made from salvaged fir and crafted by fellow Ballard Reuse staffer James Taylor. Blaschke is sitting atop a pile of salvaged fir.

With the new business license comes a new partnership; Ballard Reuse will be teaming up with Seattle ReCreative, a local nonprofit with a mission quite similar to Ballard Reuse, but with a focus: the arts. Fiscally sponsored by the Phinney Neighborhood Association, the group aims to have art classes and workshops for both children and adults, as well as exhibition space.

via With recycling, Re Store becomes Ballard Reuse | Pacific NW | The Seattle Times.

Wineka column: Historic Salisbury’s salvage store also brings new life to former ice plant | Salisbury Post

Historic Salisbury Foundation Executive Director Brian Davis stands among a treasure trove of old doors, windows and related hardware that was salvaged out of old homes that were to be demolished. The items are stored in the 1912 Ice House on Horah Street. The HSF sells the items to building contractors, homeowners, artists or anyone who is interested in the materials. The monies raised go to benefit the foundation.JON C. LAKEY / SALISBURY POST

Historic Salisbury Foundation Executive Director Brian Davis stands among a treasure trove of old doors, windows and related hardware that was salvaged out of old homes that were to be demolished. The items are stored in the 1912 Ice House on Horah Street. The HSF sells the items to building contractors, homeowners, artists or anyone who is interested in the materials. The monies raised go to benefit the foundation.

via Wineka column: Historic Salisbury’s salvage store also brings new life to former ice plant | Salisbury Post.

Car-b-que (BBQ made from the front of a classic car) by Tinworm on Instructables

Tinworm made an extraordinary grill from a formerly cute auto.  Instructables always delivers!

For the purists among us, who are upset by me cutting up an old car, I remind myself that it was to be crushed and that there wasn’t enough left of her to be the basis of a restoration.

via Car-b-que (BBQ made from the front of a classic car).

Looking for Reclaimed Wood? The City of Detroit Joins the Salvage Business – Next City

Detroit’s Great Lakes Coffee used salvaged materials to pay homage to a bygone era.

Last week, Duggan announced a new pilot salvage program for the city’s North Corktown neighborhood. It’s starting small. The city will solicit bids from local salvaging outfits to find reusable materials in 10 houses set to be demolished. The city’s Building Authority is in charge of the effort.

The initiative, which they hope will launch next month, is part of the Mayor’s broader blight strategy, now with an eye on preservation as opposed to straight-up demolition.

via Looking for Reclaimed Wood? The City of Detroit Joins the Salvage Business – Next City.

Kevin McCloud oversees three designers attempting to upcycle an entire Airbus A320 in Supersized Salvage | Unreality TV

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Kevin is hoping to provide a genuine solution to Britain’s waste crisis by challenging three designers to turn an Airbus A320 plane into hundreds of amazing new products.

The results are truly outstanding with every part of the plane being utilised to create everything from office pods and rickshaws to rocking chairs and jewellery.

via Kevin McCloud oversees three designers attempting to upcycle an entire Airbus A320 in Supersized Salvage | Unreality TV.

Reclamation Points: Salvaging Materials for Trendy Designs | Jewish Exponent

Heartwalk, a sculpture made from reclaimed Atlantic City boardwalk pieces, is shown here on tour in Brooklyn. NYCDOT.

You may not have noticed it, but if you’ve eaten at Bryan Sikora’s lovely La Fia in Wilmington, any of Jose Garces’ spots, Jake’s in Manayunk or Stephen Starr’s Fette Sau, you’ve been in the presence of recycled building materials and rescued architectural finishes. Artists have long been hip to this karmic win/win, using found objects to create jaw-dropping masterpieces of all stripes. Heartwalk, a 30-foot wooden heart sculpture installed in Atlantic City last November, was created by Brooklyn, N.Y., design firm Situ Studio, which used reclaimed wood from Hurricane Sandy-battered boardwalks.

via Reclamation Points: Salvaging Materials for Trendy Designs | Jewish Exponent.

Materials from Jeannette hospital’s demolition to help nonprofit | TribLIVE

About 20 United Parcel Service employees are volunteering their off-hours to help remove countertops and cabinets that will be resold by Shop Demo Depot in Mt. Pleasant, a subsidiary of Westmoreland Community Action.

The four-story building contains reusable items ranging from ceramic tile to cabinets to bathroom fixtures.

Coolers in the building will be donated to the Westmoreland County Food Bank, said Jen Miele, Excela’s vice president of marketing and community relations.

Senior Vice President Ron Ott said reusing the materials will reduce landfill space while supporting Community Action.

“We are pleased to have such an outlet for items that still have value,” he said.

“This project is a perfect example of how businesses, nonprofits and communities can work together for the common good,” said Bobbi Watt Geer, president & CEO of United Way.

via Materials from Jeannette hospital’s demolition to help nonprofit | TribLIVE.

Salvage, recycling can cut home improvement waste – Sentinel & Enterprise

* Speak to contractors about recycling. Contractors working on a home typically know which materials can be recycled in a given area. When discussing prospective projects with contractors, homeowners can mention their willingness to recycle materials. Wood is a versatile material that can be turned into reclaimed or composite wood products, including decks or other items used around the home. Old wood being removed from a home may even work as mulch, which homeowners can spread around their yards to add aesthetic appeal and protect plants on hot summer days. Even asphalt and concrete can be recycled into new products, and homeowners should discuss their wishes to recycle as many materials as possible.

via Salvage, recycling can cut home improvement waste – Sentinel & Enterprise.

SNEAK PEEK: Aussie-Inspired Northern Territory Rooftop Bar and Restaurant Opens Next Month | Inhabitat New York City

Inhabitat always had lovely slideshows. Check out this one for an adaptive reuse bar in New York.

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.. check out the interior’s inspiring use of reclaimed and salvaged materials.

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via SNEAK PEEK: Aussie-Inspired Northern Territory Rooftop Bar and Restaurant Opens Next Month | Inhabitat New York City.

Scarcity Is Beautiful by Paulo Goldstein – Design Milk

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The finished product is now the Central Saint Martins’ new Front Parlour, which highlights and celebrates repaired objects given new life, and evoking thought on the idea of scarcity. It asks viewers to explore and think about the potential of what is left behind by our consumerist society.

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via Scarcity Is Beautiful by Paulo Goldstein – Design Milk.

Urban Tree to Bicycle Bill Holoway and Mauro Hernandez Masterworks Woodcycles

Masterworks Woodcycles – amazing!

 

Bill Holloway and Mauro Hernandez of Masterworks Woodworking in San Jose, CA, salvage condemned city trees, then build beautiful bicycles out of them.

Blog post: spotsunknown.com/urban-tree-to-bicycle/ via Urban Tree to Bicycle.

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Japanese Forest House one boatbuilders attempt to make a home without simpson ties – Brian Schulz

You know when something is so beautiful it hurts?

That is how I felt when I first saw the Japanese Forest House on Curbed.  Brian Schulz’s sense of humor eased my heartache a little, but scrolling through the pictures of his beloved house brings it all back in a flash.

Treat yourself today and go see this labor of love in all it’s glory!

A couple years ago I found a neat little brass sink at the local recycle center.   Enamored of shiny objects,  I coveted it’s golden glow,  entirely aware of the fact that I had no use for such a thing.   I wandered around for an hour or so with it in my hand,  looking at other stuff,  relalizing that if I took it I’d have to build a home for it.   I eventually brought it up to the register and started planning my house on the drive home.

Yes,  I am serious,  and don’t call me shirley.

With deep enough pockets a person might be able to duplicate such a structure by writing a large check to a talented builder,  but that would risk missing the point entirely.   Almost every piece of this tiny house was salvaged,  most of it from within a ten miles of where the house sits.

via japanesehouse.

Salvage City: Fortune Teller Bar’s Sam Coffey Gets a TV Show, But Is It Good for St. Louis?

The Discovery Channel is an animal I do not recognize anymore. I understand that sensationalism sells.

Based on the trailer for the new show Salvage City, it will be sensational. Not realistic, not educational, not safe – possibly not substantive in any way to the benefits of building material reuse.  Salvage City looks sexy though. Everyone is good looking and hip, including the dog Hecktor.

On the flip side, The Building Material Reuse Association is neither sensational nor sexy.

At 20 years old it the country’s oldest and most knowledgeable organization on salvage, deconstruction, and building material reuse.  The professionals and members that make up the BMRA are dedicated to transforming waste into jobs, creating  beneficial economic and environmental opportunities, and closing the loop in this broken system.

Become a member of the Building Material Reuse Association – then sit back and watch Salvage City, with the satisfaction that you are the one actually changing the world for the better.

The Discovery Channel is premiering a new show based on Coffey’s adventures scavenging through St. Louis’ abandoned buildings called “Salvage City,” airing three back-to-back episodes at 10 a.m. Sunday, December 22.

via Salvage City: Fortune Teller Bar’s Sam Coffey Gets a TV Show, But Is It Good for St. Louis?.

Audubon School salvage brings thousands to charity | WQAD.com

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They were able to salvage items from Rock Island’s former Audubon School before it gets torn down in coming weeks.  The vacant school building is being demolished, and the land it currently stands on is being sold.

As of Friday, November 15, 2013,  the organization has made an estimated $17,000 from selling those items.

via Audubon School salvage brings thousands to charity | WQAD.com.

Dine Out Maine: Salvage BBQ in Portland lives up to many well-stoked expectations | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Photos by John Patriquin

The new Salvage BBQ in the old Portland Architectural Salvage Building shows off owner Jay Villani’s penchant for creating spaces that feel intimate regardless of size.

via Dine Out Maine: Salvage BBQ in Portland lives up to many well-stoked expectations | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Faculty, students build new kiln from recycled materials | Penn State University

The arch of the kiln

The new kiln combines traditional brick building techniques with contemporary equipment. While the walls of most kilns are between 4 and 9 inches thick, the new kiln, nicknamed “Reclaim,” has walls that are 11½ inches thick. This extra girth is provided by an outer layer of hundred-year-old red bricks recovered from a building that was recently torn down. A range of glaze colors was developed in class and applied to this outer layer of bricks, giving the kiln its distinctive multi-colored jacket.

Bricks glazed by students

Bricks, more than a century old, were glazed by students to create a colorful and functional exterior wall for the “Reclaim” kiln.

via Faculty, students build new kiln from recycled materials | Penn State University.

It’s Almost Time To Flip The Shipwrecked Costa Concordia — Here’s How The Complex Plan Will Go Down – SFGate

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The teams on site will have only one chance to flip the ship upright. If it goes wrong, the backup plan is to break up the ship where it lies, at a huge cost to the local environment.

via It’s Almost Time To Flip The Shipwrecked Costa Concordia — Here’s How The Complex Plan Will Go Down – SFGate.

Demolition Contractors Offer Tips on Salvaging Wood Floors » Greener Ideal

This is a really wonderful “How To” on reclaiming wood flooring. It is written by JD Elder of Elder Demolition in Portland, Oregon.

On occasion Elder Demolition would hire DeConstruction Services, which is where I got to know some of the Elder folks.  They are a great example of how demolition and deconstruction can partner to save resources.

It is also important to note that by crossing the divide between demolition and deconstruction, companies like Elder are important to the reuse industry.

Go read the entire article and learn a thing or two!

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Photo by Matt Baume

How to Pull Up Old Wood Floors for Salvaging

1. Use your pry bar to remove baseboards. These may also be reused if you are careful and don’t damage them during removal.

Pry up a board with an exposed tongue. Near a nail, slide the pry bar underneath the board and elevate about ¼ inch. Then move to the next nail and do the same thing. Note: Patience is critical in this process. If you lift too much at once, you risk splitting the board or harming the tongue. For especially stubborn nails, try rocking the pry bar back and forth to loosen. If this doesn’t work you may need to use a reciprocal saw to slice the nail.

Go back to where you started and repeat the above process. Do this until the board can be lifted clean away. Pull out old nails and dispose of them properly, so that they don’t pose a safety threat to tender feet.

Continue to pry away the boards in the room, taking care not to damage the tongue and groove portions. Dinged tongue and groove fasteners will be difficult to reconnect in a new installation.

If there isn’t room to insert your pry bar underneath the tongue of the first board, you can use a circular saw with a carbide blade to plunge-cut between two boards near the tongue side. Once the plunge cut is established, you can use your pry bar to pull up as many boards as necessary to expose the tongue edge.

Finally, know that you may be facing a pretty piece of work in cleaning the cracks between boards, where years of grime may have built up.

via Demolition Contractors Offer Tips on Salvaging Wood Floors » Greener Ideal.

▶ OK Go – This Too Shall Pass – Rube Goldberg Machine version – Official – YouTube

Yesterday started out as a bummer. So I was going to post this as a reminder that – this too shall pass.

But then I had a great day and forgot all about it.

OK Go is an amazing band for many reasons. Not the least is this video which is made from materials the Band members salvaged.

Good day or bad day, OK Go’s creativity will inspire you.

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From the OK Go album “Of the Blue Colour of the Sky” available at http://www.okgo.net/store

Director: James Frost, OK Go and Syyn Labs.

Producer: Shirley Moyers.

The official video for the recorded version of “This Too Shall Pass” off the album “Of the Blue Colour of the Sky”. The video was filmed in a two story warehouse, in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA. The “machine” was designed and built by the band, along with members of Syyn Labs ( http://syynlabs.com/ ) over the course of several months.

There is an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at the warehouse here: http://www.okgo.net/this-too-shall-pa…

OK Go thanks State Farm for making this video possible.

via ▶ OK Go – This Too Shall Pass – Rube Goldberg Machine version – Official – YouTube.

Repurpose Rustic Barn Wood – YouTube

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Recovered wood, or wood salvaged from old barns, buildings, and other places, has become more valuable than ever. This wood is often used in many everyday products—from furniture making to home construction and renovation. Learn the basics of salvaging wood from a reclaimed wood specialist and give something old a new life.

via Repurpose Rustic Barn Wood – YouTube.

Abandoned Churches and Nonprofits = Creative Reuse – NPQ – Nonprofit Quarterly

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In a nod to the history of the site, some of the maple flooring beneath the carpet will be used in the Hope Lodge construction. Habitat could not find a buyer for the copper steeple, so that will be melted down and sold.

It’s hard to keep track of all the “boxes” that can be checked off on this project—from cross-sector collaboration to creative reuse, from health care to low-income housing, from corporate philanthropy to economic development. Not to mention the benefits to the surrounding community of replacing a deteriorating structure with a welcoming shelter.

via Abandoned Churches and Nonprofits = Creative Reuse – NPQ – Nonprofit Quarterly.

Former Consumers Fire Caused By Sparks From Salvage Operation

The fire that damaged the former Consumers Energy headquarters in downtown Jackson on May 31 was caused by sparks, according to the city Fire Department.

The building was being demolished, and the sparks happened while a worker was cutting metal with a torch.

The sparks caused a fire when they landed in a debris pile.

Six workers were briefly trapped by the fire, but all got out safely.

The company responsible for the salvage operation, Dore and Associates, has been told to have a standby hose line in the building to prevent future fires.

via Former Consumers Fire Caused By Sparks From Salvage Operation.

‘Someone’s Trash’ Made This Impeccably Furnished Pad – Adaptive Reuse – Curbed National

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First Container, paid for with the more than $41K Kimen raised on Kickstarter, is a prototype for a grander, crowd-funded hotel and made of local, reused materials; besides the container itself, the wood paneling was scrap leftover from another construction site. “We basically reused someone’s trash,” Kimen told Curbed Detroit.

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See the rest via ‘Someone’s Trash’ Made This Impeccably Furnished Pad – Adaptive Reuse – Curbed National.

Mesa’s Eastmark works to recycle, repurpose most of what GM left behind – East Valley Tribune: Mesa

Old GM Proving Grounds

When DMB purchased the GM Proving grounds in 2006, the company received records from GM about what was left on the property – from 430,000 square feet of buildings to 85 miles of race track and roadway to pounds of copper wiring. GM also handed over photos and pages of data detailing how everything was constructed. DMB then sold the items to Reclamation Sciences for $100 – then asked the company to recycle or find new uses for at least 95 percent of it.

“We first began with what GM left. They were very good stewards. They built stuff to last,” DeQuina said. “The other thing they did was keep pretty meticulous records. We refer to them today. That helps us to understand how things are built. All of us have background in construction, so it’s a reverse type of thinking. So we refer to those records and plans to help us come up with a methodical plan to undo and unbuild stuff.”

“There is a little trial and error often, but it helps us to develop propriety techniques on how to remove items and preserve and create value by removing them in a certain way,” DeQuina said.

So far, DMB, with Reclamation Sciences, has recycled 3 million pounds of ferrous metal, 254,000 pounds of copper, 30,000 tons of asphalt and concrete and 36 metal building packages.

“They have systematically worked to repurpose, reclaim or reuse as much as they can,” said Dea McDonald, DMB’s Senior Vice President and Eastmark’s General Manager.

As far as the idea to send no more than 5 percent to the landfill, DeQuina said, “We’re crushing that goal. We’re well under 5 percent.”

via Mesa’s Eastmark works to recycle, repurpose most of what GM left behind – East Valley Tribune: Mesa.

Studios donating film set materials to Habitat for Humanity – latimes.com

When the upcoming comedy “The Hangover Part III” wrapped production in January, Warner Bros. was left with tons of used plywood, joists, furniture, faux brick and other materials from the film set.

But instead of hauling the leftovers to the landfill, the studio donated the items — enough to fill 10 truckloads — to the charitable organization Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, to be sold in Habitat’s stores in Gardena and Norwalk. The proceeds supported the organization’s mission of building and renovating homes for the needy.

“The crews take pride in what they’ve built, so if we’re able to salvage the materials and give them another use, everyone feels good about that,” said Mike Slavich, director of sustainability for Warner Bros. Entertainment. The studio last month supplied Habitat’s stores with more than 30 rolls of carpet and linoleum flooring from the set of the CBS TV show “The Mentalist.”

via Studios donating film set materials to Habitat for Humanity – latimes.com.

Nightwood

Good Lord! Do yourself  a  favor and go check out Nightwood Reincarnated Furniture, Textiles and Interiors.

IMG_8370We locally source salvaged, reclaimed and scrap woods for the bulk of all our wood furniture.  We use organic and sustainable fabrics as well as woven scraps in our textile-based products. In addition we use vintage refurbished

frames for many of our signature reincarnated dressers, chairs and couches.

via About Us | Nightwood.

Pure Salvage: 10 Eclectic Tiny Homes Built with 99% Scrap | Designs & Ideas on Dornob

Ohh, salvage eye candy on Dornob – go see it!

The premise of this small design-build firm is simple: almost everything you could want or need to build a new house is already in a a disused or abandoned building … so why not harvest 99% of your materials from such sources?

via Pure Salvage: 10 Eclectic Tiny Homes Built with 99% Scrap | Designs & Ideas on Dornob.

Portland Architectural Salvage : Eater Maine

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It requires a little imagination, and maybe also a knowledge of Jay Villanis other two Portland restaurants — Local 188 and Sonnys — to envision his latest project, Salvage BBQ & Smokehouse.

The one-story building, the first home of Portland Architectural Salvage, originally housed a printing business. In the basement, where splashes of ink on the floor show where the press stood, Villani will locate the smoker, prep space, office and storage. On the main floor, there will be about 100 seats at picnic tables, a long bar, partially open kitchen and what he calls a “Little League banquette” along the back wall for large groups. A separate station up front will service take-out customers. Hes also thinking of putting in a beer garden in the adjacent parking lot. Villani and artist Pat Corrigan, who is also his business partner, incorporate salvaged materials and quirky objects into the design of their restaurants and they are already collecting stuff for Salvage. Floorboards found in the basement that were taken from the old Sportsmens Grill and had every nail painstakingly removed, will be the new restaurants floor. The bar top will be old bowling alley, from, appropriately, Portland Architectural Salvage. Villani says he plans to open in June.

via Portland Architectural Salvage : Eater Maine.

The Grand Views : West End Salvage

Downtown Des Moines’ West End Architectural Salvage is the focal point of a new reality show on HGTV that premiered Feb. 14. The show follows owner Don Short and his crew as they find and create one-of-a-kind pieces to be used in home makeovers in central Iowa.

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Each makeover includes salvaged items and custom pieces made in West End’s 50,000 square foot warehouse.

“Our inventory comes from everywhere,” Short said. “We work with companies out of larger cities and we buy from normal, everyday people. We also get calls when buildings are coming down. There are still buildings coming down, but a lot of big beautiful homes are not coming down because people are more aware of not throwing things away.”

via The Grand Views : West End Salvage.

Slip out of neutral to gear up for character in a home – Homes – Yorkshire Post

A collection of hand mirrors and old fashioned photographs displayed on wall above chest of drawers and armchair

There are a number of reasons why a home lacks character. It may be too perfect and feel as if no-one lives there. Minimalist homes sometimes suffer from this. A home may also feel too bland because it is too uniform: all the furniture and contents match but in a way that leaves the space looking like a showroom where everything is over-co-ordinated. More importantly a home will lack character because it contains nothing unique to the person who lives in it: no photographs or personal treasures, no signs of pastimes or passions. Homes with character are visually appealing places that exude warmth, laughter and love.

Use salvage, antiques, vintage or retro pieces, heirlooms or objects that mean something to you. Surrounding ourselves with nostalgia helps us plug into the past, making us feel grounded in the present.

via Slip out of neutral to gear up for character in a home – Homes – Yorkshire Post.

Before & After: Salvaged Home Renovation | DesignSponge

Amazing Before and After on DesignSponge Do Not Miss It!

My sustainable-building ethic meant using reclaimed and locally sourced materials whenever possible, including: reclaimed interior doors throughout the house, reclaimed flooring, locally milled wood, and ribbon slate tile from a local slate quarry. Light fixtures, appliances, and some faucets came from Ikea. My advice is to keep your head up! It’s easy to get discouraged rehabbing a run-down row house. They are often very old structures that have layers upon layers of shoddy repairs. It also pays off to diligently insulate and air-seal all exterior walls and make an energy-efficient home. — Jayme

via Before & After: Salvaged Home Renovation | DesignSponge.

Finders keepers: a London home full of salvaged treasures – Telegraph

A key piece in the living room is a tapestry designed by the French artist Jean Lurcat and rescued from a City bank

As they are the founders of the architectural salvage and design company Retrouvius, it is appropriate that Adam Hills and Maria Speake have reclaimed for their own young family the apartment where Hills grew up. The top-floor flat, built in 1973 by Hills’s architect father, Nicholas, is a classic Modernist design perching among the chimney-pots of an Edwardian mansion block in central London.

Although his parents divorced in 1982, Hills’s mother, Ann, lived in the apartment until her death 15 years later. Hills and Speake never thought that they would live here permanently. ‘We moved in for a few weeks in 1997 and just stayed,’ Hills says. ‘Nothing had been done to the property since the 1970s.’ Needing to accommodate two young children, Marcus and Hal, now eight and six, and a quantity of mainly Victorian furniture inherited from Hills’s grandfather, the couple have learnt to adapt their own historically inspired aesthetic to a modern architectural space. They did this by using colour and texture to link diverse forms and styles: in the living-room is a vintage rug and tapestry, and the kitchen walls are clad in teak strip flooring. This, too, seems fitting since the property was, as Speake says, ‘originally designed for what Modernism was meant to be about – flexibility and the possibility of change’.

At the heart of these changes lies the couple’s passion for re-using old materials in the boldest ways. Teak floorboards from an army barracks and teak laboratory units give the kitchen a mellow glow; a shower room neatly built into a dormer’s dead space is clad in polished fossil limestone salvaged from Heathrow’s Terminal 2 concourse. ‘Our motivation is basically about saving things,’ Hills says. ‘So much architectural material is destroyed. Wonderful things are disappearing right under our noses.’

The kitchen (DEBBI TRELOAR)

Reclamation is not, however, a job for the faint-hearted. Retrouvius has rescued 50 tons of cast iron from the old London Patent Office and bought the entire granite facade of the World Trade Centre in Canary Wharf. The Westmorland green slate cladding an eight-storey office block in Blackfriars was also salvaged. No wonder architects adore the company. Meanwhile the design side of the business (they both studied architecture at the Glasgow School of Art), run by Speake, puts salvaged materials into a modern context in clients’ homes. ‘You don’t always need to make a big statement – it’s about using what feels appropriate,’ she says.

‘We moved to London at a time when retro-modern furniture wasuddenly becoming popular,’ Hills says. ‘In Glasgow our work had all been about restoring old buildings, but in London we became interested in materials and the possibility of their re-use in a modern context.’ Twelve of their interior design projects are featured in Hills and Speake’s first book, Reclaiming Style, published this month, which takes readers on a visual journey from demolition yards to stylish, environmentally friendly homes.

Their own home remains true to Retrouvius principles. Take the carpet, which Hills’s father designed for the apartment in the 1970s. ‘When Gavin Stamp, our history of architecture professor at Glasgow, heard we were moving into the flat he said, “You must not get rid of that carpet,”’ Speake says. ‘It turned out he had known Adam’s father and visited the flat in the late 1970s. I’m grateful now that he made us live with it and learn to be sensitive to what already exists.’

The bold carpet designed for the flat by Adam Hill’s architect father in the 1970s (DEBBI TRELOAR)

And whether that’s a weathered enamel-shaded lamp, sun-bleached curtain linings acquired from a grand old house or the vintage copper-light windows now adorning the Retrouvius shop front in north London, Hills and Speake are determined to give these things a new life. ‘The beauty lies in their faults and imperfections,’ Speake says. ‘Leaving heritage and conservation issues aside, we have found that independent-minded people really warm to this look.’

via Finders keepers: a London home full of salvaged treasures – Telegraph.

Dumped and Discovered: Caribbean Upcycle

Check out this wonderful post by Dumped and Discovered!

I HAD to have her and was out of the car before Mr. Dump came to a complete stop.  I have been looking for a piece like this since we started this crazy hobby.  The man running the sale was clearly ready to get out of the heat, open a cold beverage, and get his junk my treasures off his yard.  After some brief haggling, we carted this around all week at the beach and brought her home.  I decided to tackle this piece while Mr. Dump was at work.  This is how you manage a heavy piece of furniture by yourself…  and now we all know why muscle relaxers stay in the front of my medicine cabinet!

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Laughing Squid -Watertower, A Multicolored Sculpture on the Brooklyn Skyline

Watertower by Tom Fruin

Watertower” is a multicolored plexiglass and steel sculpture of a water tower that is installed on the roof of a building in Brooklyn (making-of video). Brooklyn-based artist Tom Fruin built the sculpture out of local salvaged materials, including about 1000 scraps of plexiglass . The sculpture is lit by the sun during the day, and at night is illuminated by Arduino-controlled light sequences. “Watertower” will be on display through June 2013.

Watertower by Tom Fruin

Watertower by Tom Fruin

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Scrap-Yard Owners Evolve to Survive Assault by City Hall and the News. – Page 1 – News – Dallas – Dallas Observer

The scrap-metal business on Rock Island is a longtime family affair. Here, from left, are John Hargrove and his daughter Hannah of Orr-Reed Wrecking, Frances Okon, her granddaughter Toni and son Louis of Okon Metals.

The scrap-metal business on Rock Island is a longtime family affair. Here, from left, are John Hargrove and his daughter Hannah of Orr-Reed Wrecking, Frances Okon, her granddaughter Toni and son Louis of Okon Metals.

“He came over from Poland with nothing, the shirt on his back, and started collecting animal bones,” Okon told me. “He would sell them to the fertilizer and feed companies. Then someone told him there was more money to be made by selling scrap metal.

“The reason he was doing it was because no one else wanted to. That’s where you find people who’ve been in this industry for 100 years. It starts with people who find themselves in a situation, back against the wall, nothing to lose, and they start doing what no one else wants to do and figure out how to make money out of it.

These families, these people who own and run the family businesses on Rock Island, are all college-going, money-giving, philanthropic pillars of the community now. That’s what generations of hard work and tough, smart business practice have wrought, not to mention a bunch of employment and who knows how many zillions in taxes paid over the decades.

Hannah Hargrove’s eyes flash electrically as she shows me the area of the salvage yard where she intends to bring in sculptors, artisans, glass-blowers and antique brokers to work from the materials gleaned from vast snow-drifts of salvage in her father’s yard. When her father nods and agrees — “We’re gonna have glass-blowers,” he says — it’s part assent, part question.

via Scrap-Yard Owners Evolve to Survive Assault by City Hall and the News. – Page 1 – News – Dallas – Dallas Observer.

Salvage and Reuse of Building Materials was not considered when EPA created RRP

The December 2011 issue of Qualified Remodeler featured a story about deconstruction (page 18), which prompted a reader to ask whether the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule impacts the reuse of building materials.

The Chicago-based Building Materials Reuse Association also was concerned about how RRP would affect the deconstruction and salvage industry. In January 2010, BMRA submitted a letter to EPA in which it asked EPA to help interpret the scope of the rule. Bob Falk, Ph.D., P.E., research engineer with the USDA Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, Wis., and BMRA’s current president, says the letter specifically asked “Does the RRP rule apply to the salvage and reuse of building materials or components that may contain lead-based paint from target housing?”

The letter asked EPA to comment about BMRA’s interpretation of the rule, which is as follows: “While the rule does make reference to ‘waste management’ and addresses the disposition of ‘waste’ and ‘debris,’ we could find no reference to the disposition of salvaged building materials intended for reuse. As the RRP rule does not explicitly address the disposition of nonwaste materials, our interpretation is that the salvage and reuse of building materials that may contain lead-based paint is outside the scope of the RRP rule. We further assume that state regulations will dictate the reuse, resale or disposal of lead-based-paint-coated materials.”

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Demolition program is a ‘jobs engine’

DAYTON — That dilapidated, abandoned century-old house on the corner doesn’t look like much, but deep inside is hidden treasure.

Dense, old-growth lumber prized by architects and custom builders supports the roof, limestone blocks are at the foundation, and there are cabinets, solid doors, oak floorboards, beautiful fireplace mantles, even a spirit or two.

Salvaging and selling the bounty for the past two years has been the mission of Dayton Works Plus, a partnership of East End Community Services, PowerNet of Dayton and the Architectural Reuse Co.

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Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

Could you live in just 320 sq. ft. of space? How about with 3 other people? The Tiny House Family does it, and the DIY, money-saving way they went about it is attracting them a lot of attention.

Hari, Karl and their son and daughter’s small living adventure began when the sour economy caused their award-winning restaurant in Florida to close. Knowing they needed to save money, but still wanting to live mortgage-free, they bought a parcel of land in the Blue Ridge Mountains and built a salvaged (mostly from Craigslist) new home for just $12,000.

Now this smart family of four enjoys their abode without owing any money on it whatsoever, allowing them to live completely off of Karl’s salary and save all of Hari’s salary for their future dreams. Read on to see Hari’s insightful small-space living tips and see photos of the Tiny House’s wonderful living spaces, which include a loft sleeping space, a lovely porch and a sunny kitchen.

via Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

TNJN – Knox Heritage to host second annual Salvage Show

Knox Heritage will hold its second annual Salvage Show on Friday, April 6 from 6- 9p.m. on the second floor of 36 Market Square. The functional design items were created by nineteen local artists, architects, students, and designers.

The works being exhibited have been made out of architectural salvage from the Knox Heritage Salvage Room in order to promote the creative reuse of historic building materials. Each item uniquely utilizes salvaged items and develops them into something completely different and new. There will be anything from instruments, to benches, to lamps being shown and all items will be for sale.

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I’ve always loved exposed brick walls inside homes, but it can be difficult to bring warmth and coziness to these industrial spaces. I love so many elements in this apartment renovation from Cassidy Hughes, an interior designer living in London: the open shelving in the kitchen, the minimal new bathroom layout and the eye-catching citron-colored quilted sofa in the living room, just to name a few. This space feels relaxed and lived in but not overcrowded, and I love that they kept the salvaged look consistent throughout with industrial-style lighting fixtures and rustic furniture pieces. Nicely done, Cassidy! — Kate

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