The onetime Monroe Elementary School has been transformed into a reborn Children’s Museum. Nearby, along Grand Avenue, a surge of development is yielding new destinations out of long-forgotten structures, which are showcased on a self-guided, adaptive-reuse tour sponsored by the Grand Avenue Arts and Small Business District.
Adaptive reuse is also a way to save a unique or historic building that might otherwise be demolished. The practice benefits the environment by conserving natural resources and minimizing the need for new materials.
In Phoenix, city planners established a program in 2008 that encourages adaptive re-use of buildings that are structurally sound but no longer economically viable in their current condition.
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Woodworker Michael Wildgoose made a screen from reclaimed wood. (KATHRYN MCKENZIE/Herald Correspondent)
Woodworker Michael Wildgoose’s studio and storage cottage, an example of tiny house building that shows what can be done with recycled materials in construction. Wildgoose built the 100-square-foot structure from reclaimed materials sourced locally. In addition, he’ll talk about his work and show examples of reclaimed wood that he uses in making furniture and home items.
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Juxtaposing industrial materials like concrete and corrugated metal with the tradition of wood, Tills sought to create a look that’s “modern but warm,” he said.
The house is highly efficient, with exterior overhangs that welcome in the winter sun but block summer’s rays. An attached screen porch serves as an outdoor summer dining room.
Tills used Douglas fir trim throughout the house, reclaimed timbers for the living room ceiling and bought a striking old-fashioned bath tub online.
An open stairway leads to the second floor where his sons have two rooms divided by a sliding panel door, allowing them to share their space or choose privacy.
“It was a lot of experimenting,” Tills said of building his own home. “Our greatest experience in this house is that we use it exactly how we thought we would use it.”
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