Deconstruction: A Good Way to Find Free Building Materials

| 2/16/2012 1:36:44 PM

Elizabeth RichardsonElizabeth “Neko” Richardson is a licensed counselor in the State of Texas, a veteran, and holds a degree in Environmental Science. She currently lives in Hunstville, Texas, where she is building and designing her own home and studio using reclaimed and salvaged materials on a budget of $16,000 or less. She also works as a carpenter’s apprentice under the mentorship of Dan Phillips. Follow her building progress living experiment in design on her blog, Salvaged Homes.  

My friend Shannon looked at me with a raised eyebrow and asked sternly, "Were you raised in a barn?"

Motioning her chin to the exterior door I had left open.

"Oh, sorry." I reflexively moved to close the door and then we both burst out laughing as I looked at the big, blue sky, where a newly gapping hole was and where the roof used to be. We had just removed the roof from this house we were taking apart for materials, and I had not quite made the full mental adjustment to an absent roof yet.

Shannon Bryant Taking it Down 
Shannon Bryant, deconstructing an old home. Photo By Elizabeth Richardson. 

We had gotten word that the little lake house’s owner was willing to let us have any materials we wanted from the house, but the project looked like more than I could take on by myself. When my friend and carpentry co-conspirator Shannon texted me and asked if I wanted to take the house apart with her, the opportunity sounded too good to resist. I love getting into trouble with Shannon.

4/20/2015 3:37:16 PM

Deconstruction is the best example of personal recycling that someone can use. By reusing as many of the materials from an old house or barn as possible, you can save a lot on building expenses. Not only will your wallet thank you if you use this method, but this helps the environment as well because of the reuse that occurs.

6/23/2014 8:17:45 AM

There should be introduced a mandatory deconstruction not only for the government-owned homes but for private owners too, a lot of building materials can be re-used and people will be able to save a money. I regret that I demolished the old lake house my parents left me, the specialists from told me the materials from the lake house could be reused but I did not care about that because I wanted to finish fast the project.