Deconstruction is the new demolition. Instead of gutting a project and sending the whole shebang to a landfill, more and more contractors and homeowners are getting savvy about recycling building materials.
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Deconstruction contractors can help homeowners auction off or donate the waste materials they don’t want. That means those old kitchen cabinets can be a tax deduction instead of a dumpster filler. And on the other end, you’ve got more money to buy new ones. Charities like habitat for humanity benefit from a lot of donations, and deconstruction has prevented thousands of tons of materials from entering landfills nationwide.
Re-used and recycled materials are cool. Even broken tile can make a statement in a “rubble tile” counter or tabletop. So, check your local salvage yard or deconstruction contractor before you go shopping. With a little inspiration, materials that are secondhand can give you the upper hand on your next project!
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