What is Deconstruction?


What is Deconstruction? Deconstruction is the careful removal of a home or commercial property’s reusable materials, keeping the materials out of the landfill. Why might someone consider Deconstruction with over traditional Demolition? A home is an asset. Like other assets, it can be donated, and the owner can receive a tax deduction for the donation. […]

We could not wait to share this blog about how one organization reused old clay roof tiles in Malaysia. It’s not just that they repurposed great quality materials, but how they then used the tiles themselves to bring better functionality to the new structure. Check it out and let us know what you think!   3 […]

We were thrilled to partner with The CAR Group to help salvage and reuse the maple, pine and fir planks that lined the Vista Bowl bowling lanes for nearly 60 years. A new Honda dealership will take over the property and plans to include a nod to the entertainment center’s past, by incorporating some of the […]

The ReUse vs Recycle Debate Continues


I am so glad to see more and more articles about reuse of old structures. Here is another one I came across on Sustainablog that I felt compelled to comment on. I will always advocate for reuse over recycling because it requires less energy and employs more people. See my previous post for more details. […]

Reuse keeps materials out of our landfills, preserves energy, conserves resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. It also generates more employment opportunities than disposal, or recycling.

I recently came across a great article in Crain’s Cleveland Business by sustainability expert Valerie Molinski, about green building. In it, Ms. Molinski talks about the environmental and economic benefits of retrofitting current buildings versus constructing brand new structures. After 10 years of facilitating deconstruction and reuse in California and educating the public about about […]

Carrie Coffey walks us through a 2,300 sq ft 1920s Spanish style home in Santa Monica, which will be carefully dismantled with the mission of salvaging as many materials as possible for reuse. This 4 bedroom/2.5 bath home was built in 1923 and has been owned by the same family for the past 40 years.

Los Angeles representative, Carrie Coffey walks us through a home in the beautiful Palisades during its deconstruction. By the time this home was dismantled, over 500 items were salvaged for reuse and 21.5 tons of lumber was reclaimed. All of the salvaged items from this home will be donated to local nonprofits for reuse in […]

The good news is donated items are made available to the public for purchase through various ReStore affiliates at a significant discount. You get a great deal and you fund their mission.

OK, I admit it. I’m a Shark Tank watcher. I love watching the entrepreneurial spirit in action and I particularly like the updates they share every week. Recently they provided an update about a company that was featured on an episode I must have missed: The Living Christmas Co. Before I tell you about them, […]