Jason T. Roa, owner of Roa Construction:
"I recently teamed up with the Deconstruction & Reuse Network for a project in Marin County. Gerald and I met on site and I was given a list of items they were interested in reclaiming. Gerald was prompt and planned well for the removal. The whole process worked great. I would highly recommend to any homeowner who is doing a large scale remodel to go this route. I was amazed at how much material they were able to use. I look forward to working with this organization again on my next project."
Steve Dubin and Brenda Ellerin, Homeowners in Beverly Hills:
"The existing house had a lot of high quality, beautiful features and finishes. While we have a different vision for the property, we wanted to preserve as much of the house as possible. Deconstructing the house and donating the materials, while more expensive and time-consuming, seemed to be the logical move. Our goal is help get the word out that this is an easy process. When I tell people what we're doing, they all say the same thing: ‘I wish we would have done that when we tore our house down'."
Joyce McCullough, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County:
"We believe the deconstruction and segregation of good usable materials is a win-win proposition. We will use the materials in our home building projects, or sell them at deep discounts to the public. Anyone looking for affordable, environmentally friendly options for home improvement materials should check out the ReStore and tell a friend to consider deconstruction."
Joe Griffith, General Contractor:
"In the past, there was very little thought given to reusing elements from a structure to be demolished other then saving some of the large pieces of framing lumber. The demo process was plainly 'out with the old, in with the new.' We would even have a pre demo day where the owners and their kids could go wild spray painting walls, breaking windows, just tearing the place up before the heavy equipment rolled through. It's good to see we're all starting to be more productive with the reusable assets in unwanted buildings. Instead of using a portable bathroom that contains a ton of chemicals, we're building a small latrine, connecting an existing toilet to the sewer line, all in an effort to be more eco-friendly. I'm very excited to be putting this project together in a sustainable way from start to finish."
Rick Caruso, CEO of Caruso Affiliated:
"We were really pleased to be approached by the Deconstruction and Re-Use Network about reusing the roof tiles and to partner with a great local organization. These are perfectly good shingles whose fate was a landfill. This donation is a real winner for everyone -- it keeps the roofing material out of the landfill, it puts the shingles to good use helping to provide or improve housing for those who need a helping hand, and it begins to clear the site so we can move forward on bringing back the heritage of the Miramar."