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I recently attended a workshop in Detroit. The focus was on reclaimed building materials (wood in particular) from old homes, warehouses, etc. I was impressed by the number of small businesses at this workshop and the enthusiasm of participants (many of them actively involved in de-construction of buildings rather just mere demolition). The aim of de-construction is to re-use materials whereas demolition typically takes most material to the landfill. Anyone out there involved in de-construction of buildings??
I live in Detroit and use reclaimed lumber as I find it. Recently I found a stash of 3x3 alder used for pallets that cleans up nicely. Formalized deconstruction is still in its early stages here, but Reclaim Detroit, part of a nonprofit called Focus:Hope is warehousing and selling reclaimed lumber, and fixtures, and theres another place out of ann arbor that does the same (but I can't recall the name right now).
The ethics of informal (illegal?) deconstruction are muddy; there's lots of great stuff in houses that may be demolished or burned at any time, but maybe it's also someone's family home that they're planning on renovating soon.
Either way, old wood is an abundant resource here, and I'm happy as well that people are using it more and more.
There's a big Deconstruction event (Decon 13) coming up in late April/early May in Seattle. Anyone going??
The program will be a great chance to meet with folks from around North America that are "harvesting" the timber in existing old buildings.
Sounds like a good plan. I wish you great success in deconstructing.
Putting in new kitchen and family room floor this summer. Plan is to use 'reclaimed' t&g ash flooring manufactured from trees removed in Minneapolis (city/urban trees). I'll keep you posted on how it goes.