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Local Craftsmen Deconstruct Shorewood Home From the Roof to the Foundation.

Recycling is taking on a whole new meaning for the deconstruction team at Community Building & Restoration this week as they dissemble, an entire house salvaging every part they can for reuse or recycling.

Community Building & Restoration's Deconstruction Team Leader, Alexander Montezon says, "Deconstruction is good for everyone. Instead of using big and wasteful machinery to tear a house down and put it in a landfill, by pulling the house down manually (de-constructing it) you save energy, create jobs, and salvage tons of useable materials. You give construction workers jobs. You give back to the community with wood and other materials that are reusable. We donate fixtures, cabinets, lights, windows, and any appliances from the site. Metal is saved, scrapped and salvaged. Reusable items are donated to the Habitat for Humanity Restore or similar places."

A couple of examples of the salvaged items in this particular house include the oak flooring (over 500 square feet), as well as all of the framing lumber (which we estimate at around 3,200 board feet, made up of 2x4's, 2x6's and larger. To picture 3200 board feet is, imagine a stack of 8' long, 2x4's, piled 20' wide, and 20' high. That's 400 studs for a future building.

Owner of Community Building & Restoration, Erik Lindberg points out more benefits, "The owner receives tax deductions for the materials that are donated. The home owner pays a little bit more upfront for the deconstruction but then they get money back from both the tax benefits or from selling salvaged materials.

Montezon re-emphasizes the benefits: "It can work out favorably for the home owner financially, the contractor benefits through the paid work, the community benefits by having more jobs, and it is better for the environment because the materials are reused. I think more people would do this if they knew about deconstruction."

The owner of the Shorewood home will be building a new home in place of the old one. Community Building and Restoration would like to see more people in Milwaukee take on this kind of work. Owner Erik Lindberg says the hardest part of the project is getting the permits from the municipalities, as some municipalities don't understand the nature of deconstruction.

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Community Building & Restoration / 414-963-1901 / P.O. Box 11537 / Shorewood, WI 53211 / /