Reclaimed hardwood is the newest and greatest thing when it comes to decor. It’s all over the renovation shows on TV right now, and more and more people are repurposing materials instead of throwing them in a landfill.
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The article posted below was published in the Oakland Press by Ronald B. Borngesser and Andy Meisner. They dig deep into the difference between deconstruction and demolition and the advantages of deconstruction. Read the article below!
The article below is written by Ronald B. Borngesser and Andy Meisner of the Oakland Press.
Demolition got smarter and turned into its more innovative, forward thinking cousin: deconstruction. Deconstruction involves careful deconstructing of homes or buildings while harvesting, reusing, and selling salvageable materials — instead of clogging up landfills and adding to rising costs like a more traditional demolition process normally does.
Reclaimed hardwood from deconstructed homes is being sold right now, along with bathtubs, sconces, fixtures, mantles and other architectural gems we could see Oakland County native and “Rehab Addict” Nicole Curtis using on one of her inspiring and property value-propelling projects. The web offers a worldwide market and global demand for these materials, creating a potential revenue stream for more deconstruction or profits for entrepreneurs tapping into this exciting business opportunity. OLHSA, A Community Action Agency, is deploying the innovative Revive Pontiac program in Pontiac and Oakland County using funds secured from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation with the help of community supporters like State Representative Tim Greimel, with enthusiastic support and participation from the Oakland County Treasurer, Pontiac Mayor Deirdre Waterman and a broad coalition from across Oakland County and the region.
Three reasons why deconstruction is smarter than demolition, and why we’re so excited about the Revive Pontiac program, is because it invests in our people, communities, jobs and entrepreneurs:
• Investing in our People: The Revive Pontiac program is equipping unemployed and underemployed individuals with valuable workforce development training and experience that could lead to many exciting career opportunities in construction, business and other fields.
• Investing in our Communities: Dangerous, condemned homes and buildings in Oakland County must come down because their blight depresses property values and destabilizes neighborhoods. While both deconstruction and demolition remove these dangerous eyesores, only deconstruction reduces financial and environmental costs of materials going to the landfill.
• Investing in Jobs and Entrepreneurship: There is no limit to uses for reclaimed materials in the 21st century marketplace. OLHSA’s partner, and the company training Revive Pontiac participants, Detroit Architectural Salvage Warehouse is helping create beautiful furniture by sourcing wood to “Workshop Detroit”; a brand being sold in Gardner White Furniture for thousands of dollars and sporting the address of the home the wood was taken from as a tribute to the families that lived there.
We could easily imagine a Revive Pontiac program graduate one day purchasing a condemned house, deconstructing it, turning the reclaimed material into a hot product, and then pitching their new business on “Shark Tank.”
Deconstruction — demolition’s smarter cousin — is now alive and well in Oakland County and throughout the region, which is good for individuals, neighborhoods, property values, and our economic prosperity.
Ronald B. Borngesser is CEO of Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency, OLHSA. Andy Meisner is the Oakland County Treasurer.
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