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Salvaged Homes: Renovating Old Buildings into Unique Houses in Reno, Nevada

Inspired to remodel rundown spaces in their hometown, two landlords keep old buildings out of the landfill and re-invigorate their community.



HabeRae outfits their homes with organic garden spaces—in this home, they reused all existing materials on the property for the landscape makeover.
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HabeRae designs “small homes with big amenities.” This urban infill cottage and its neighbor—together known as 2 on Watt—include private backyards, community-building front porches, washer/dryer combos and abundant natural light.
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HabeRae renovated the dilapidated structure, which is now home to a bagel shop, salon and nine residential units and is the cornerstone of a bustling new area of the city.
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An Art Deco structure built in 1953, the former Reno fire station was converted to a homeless shelter before being abandoned for a number of years. Residence 9 includes a rollup wall of glass that once served as the fire truck door.
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The residences retain many of the building’s original structural details such as laddered sleeping lofts and polished concrete floors.
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