Treena Gowthorpe and Kate Otter-Lowe are setting out to prove that a house can be deconstructed and recycled for the same price as demolition.
“You take a house that isn’t wanted in the community and deconstruct it. You carefully harvest all the materials from the house and then you use those materials and reconstruct it into tiny builds,” she said.
Source: One house into three? House deconstruction team recycles large unwanted homes | Stuff.co.nz
Mike Moss, left with the kauri stairs of the new home at the Nelson Eco-Village. The dis-assembled home on Red Zoned land in Christchurch was shipped it to Nelson.
“It was a lot like a kid with a box of Lego, you have got one house made out of it and you pull it all to bits, put it back in the box and then make another one but it looks completely different.” He estimated a third of the materials used in the build were recycled. Some from their home in Christchurch, other parts from the demolition yard. He estimated the value of recycled materials in the house was about $150,000.
Source: Nelson couple rebuild home with materials salvaged from red-zoned cottage | Stuff.co.nz
Lath Dining Chair by Tim McGurk and Trudo Wylaars.
Deconstructing lath for reuse in fine furniture was a tedious business, Arnott says, but the results are immensely sturdy and eye-catching seats. They are the “only chairs like this in the world”, Arnott says.
Oh, somebody somewhere might have built chairs from lath, but not lath from quake-condemned 19 Admirals Way. It’s this New Zealand backstory that imbues the objects with such interest, says Canterbury Museum exhibitions manager Neil Phillips.
via Earthquake art from Christchurch auctioned | Stuff.co.nz.
Stefan’s home measures just 215 square feet and his main aim when building it was to create a comfortable home while keeping the building costs down. While the home is sustainable, Stefan does not consider himself a dedicated greenie or tree hugger. He simply did what he had to given the circumstances.
via New Zealand Student Builds Tiny Home From Material Salvaged After an Earthquake.
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.