Tag Archives: Washington DC

Remodeling boom in D.C. area brings to light rich veins of old-growth lumber – The Washington Post

J.C. Callam had his kitchen counters made from a fallen tree. (Andrew Harnik/For The Washington Post)

It’s not necessary to be handy with tools to make use of salvaged lumber. Several companies in and around the District will create custom furniture and other household items for homeowners who provide the wood.

The bathroom door on the first floor of J.C. Callam and David Soo’s Eckington neighborhood D.C. rowhouse uses reclaimed old-growth wood. Callam made the door from wood discarded when the home was renovated. Andrew Harnik/For The Washington Post

via Remodeling boom in D.C. area brings to light rich veins of old-growth lumber – The Washington Post.

Whole Village of Tiny Houses Makes Boneyard Studios a Unique Urban Retreat | Inhabitat

An EPA geographer, Pera and the rest of the crew have invited hundreds of Washingtonians to visit Boneyard Studios, where they can learn everything there is to know about designing, building and living in homes that are no bigger than 200 square feet. They are also working hard to convince city officials to revise outdated zoning codes so that they can actually live in their low-impact homes full time.

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Deconstruction keeps value and dollars in DC’s neighborhoods

Do yourself a favor and read the entire article on Deconstruction in Elevation DC.

A Community Forklift staffer loads a toilet from a NW home onto the Forklift's truck

Tear down a house and you’ll end up with tons—literally—of garbage.

If a 1,500-square-foot home is demolished, it generates 37 tons of waste–drywall, insulation, flooring, brick, and more.

Much of that garbage goes straight to the landfill. But a movement is slowly growing–helped by industry as well as the nonprofit sector–to save parts of an old home from the landfill. Builders who support this movement say that the extra hassle of “deconstructing” rather than demolishing a home is more than offset by the goodwill it builds among clients. Nonprofits say that deconstruction represents an unprecedented economic opportunity.

Jim Schulman, president of the nonprofit Sustainable Community Initiatives, says that Community Forklift, the 34,000-square-foot reuse warehouse and store it owns, is on track to do $1.7 million is sales this year. Multiply that by the other hundreds of reuse centers nationwide, and he says the deconstruction industry could be a $500 million-per-year economic engine.

These sink knobs are in good shape and can be reused

via Deconstruction keeps value and dollars in DC’s neighborhoods.

Homeowners turn to salvage renovation – The Washington Post

A few weeks later, the homemaker showed off the refinished $150 mantel now decorating the brick fireplace in her renovated kitchen. After she sanded the worn piece, its elegant lines emerged from under several coats of paint.

The carved wooden frame hanging above the mantel and the stone tile on the hearth also came from Community Forklift, as did several pieces of furniture in the living room. “This is a way of getting heirlooms without having to inherit things from relatives,” she says.

From the salvaged windows and other recycled elements, she and her husband built a one-room pavilion in a corner of their back yard. “It cost us about $1,500 to complete, compared to the $25,000 that one contractor told us it would take to construct from new materials,” says Derek Liu, 44, a systems engineer.

The type of repurposing practiced by the Lius is growing, as more homeowners look for cost-saving and environmentally friendly ways to renovate. At Community Forklift, sales of salvaged products — from Tiffany-style lamps to toilets — increased from 2011 to 2012 by 46 percent. The eco-conscious home improvement center plans to expand into a nearby 15,800-square-foot warehouse in Prince George’s County in the fall.

via Homeowners turn to salvage renovation – The Washington Post.

Reclaiming McMillan Park – A Historical Landmark in Washington DC

McMillan Park is a hidden landmark smack in the middle of Washington. College City Studio is making headway to save this unique area and reclaim it to it’s past splendor. Check out their plans here.

McMillan Sand Filtration Plant

This hybrid park and civic infrastructure was originally the Slow Sand Filtration Plant.  Fresh water from Great Falls in Virginia was brought cross-town through the Washington Aqueduct  to the Mc Millan Reservoir Water was pumped into the catacombs where it was filtered naturally by the sand, collected through pipes at the base, stored and later distributed throughout the city.

This plant was built by Congress in the early 20th century as a public health measure to provide pure water and eradicate typhoid and other water borne diseases.  The innovative sand filtration system was very ecological and energy efficient, but it was also very labor intensive.

Slow-Sand Filtration

McMillan Park is a unique civic monument of irreplaceable historic significance to the local community, the city and the nation. It is a masterpiece of sustainable civic technology and it is a historic landmark with unique features and a distinguished pedigree.

McMillan Sand Filtration, McMillan Silo McMillan Silo, Vaults entrance

The McMillan Park is a unique gem in the city’s emerald necklace of parks and boulevards.  Located on axis with Capitol, the same distance as the Lincoln Memorial, it belongs to the city’s symbolic landscape.

Collage City Studio, McMillan Park, Miriam Gusevich, Peter Miles, Joey Barrick, Nina Tatic, Filipe Da Silva Pereira

Please read more about this project via McMillian Park Landmark.


District of Columbia Mayor Gray announces release of new Sustainable DC plan to implement sustainability initiative – Lexology

Welcome Washington, DC  – the latest in the club of C&D waste reuse policy!

We think you can do it before 2032 though, if you just apply yourself.


Waste Management

Reuse 20 percent of all construction and demolition waste by 2032 by requiring new large construction and major renovation projects to prepare comprehensive construction waste management plans to reuse or recycle 75 percent of construction and demolition waste, and requiring use of recycled and salvaged building materials.

via District of Columbia Mayor Gray announces release of new Sustainable DC plan to implement sustainability initiative – Lexology.