Employees Jayne Kohel and Andy Shotliff hand sand the new bar at Appleton Beer Factory, 603 W. College Avenue in downtown Appleton, on Nov. 11. The wood is reclaimed material from the building’s floor upstairs. / Sharon Cekada/Post-Crescent Media
The building at 603 W. College Ave. no longer looks like the old 1940’s Schreiter’s Auto Supply. It was gutted and refashioned into a rough-edged industrial/vintage feel microbrewery with a pub room, beer hall and two-story, gleaming stainless steel brewing operation.
The $900,000 venture is owned by a group of more than 30 investors, many of whom have also put “sweat equity” into the place by rolling up their sleeves.
“I haven’t had a day off since April,” Fogle said. “I’m not complaining. There’s no place I’d rather be.”
Jeff and Leah Fogle got married two years ago in the center of the building after it was gutted. They figured they were also marrying the brewery, so the setting was appropriate. The building’s real estate broker performed the ceremony
“We got married where the tap tower is and that was on purpose,” Fogle said. “That’s the epicenter of the place.”
via The Buzz: Beer factory finally near | Post-Crescent Media | postcrescent.com.
I have a soft spot for the divinely inspired builders- they make me feel normal.
“I built it for everybody. It’s God’s treehouse. He keeps watch over it,” said Burgess, who received his inspiration in a vision that came to him in 1993. “I was praying one day, and the Lord said, ‘If you build me a treehouse, I’ll see you never run out of material.”‘
And thus far, as Burgess sees it, the Lord has provided. Most of his materials are recycled pieces of lumber from garages, storage sheds and barns. Now into his 14th year of construction, he is not finished.
The treehouse has 10 floors, averaging nine to 11 feet in height by Burgess’s reckoning. He has never measured its size but estimates it to be about 8,000 to 10,000 square feet. He did count the nails that he has hammered into the wood — 258,000, give or take a few hundred. And he guesses he has sunk about $12,000 into the project.
“God used my hands to put every piece in place, but I had a lot of help,” said the 56-year-old landscape architect. He’s a country boy but lives in town and compares himself to Job of the Old Testament. His pale blue Paul Newman-like eyes beam and he wears an easy smile on his tanned face.
via Divine vision inspired a 97-foot treehouse – USATODAY.com.
“You can save a lot using reclaimed material,” says David Lupberger, home improvement expert at ServiceMagic. “You can find some stuff at 50% of what it might cost new.”
Whether you’re looking to update a bathroom, replace a door or even redo your kitchen countertop, homeowners have a slew of options when it comes to reuse building materials.
Reuse or reclaimed materials are building materials that were used previously in a home or building, and stores across the country are gathering these materials and selling them at a discount.
via When to Use Reclaimed Material on Home Improvement Projects | Fox Business.