Monday, February 27, 2012

Creative ReUse: Decorative Wire Plant Supports and More....

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Spring is almost here and for many people, it is the time of year to clean up around the house.  If you are like me, you keep all sorts of stuff so that it may eventually find a new purpose.  One thing that has been sitting out in my shed is leftover fence wire that I just couldn't part with (I know... like I said, I keep all sorts of stuff!)  Come to find out, there are some awesome creative ReUse ideas that can transform the old wire fencing into new plant supports and even an outdoor chandelier!  The ideas stem from Lorene Edwards Forkner's new book 'Handmade Garden Projects'.  LA Times writer, Debra Prinzing, recently wrote about her experience with one of Forkner's projects and it has completely inspired me to give the idea a try!  I was honestly trying to think of various ways I could ReUse the fencing and viola... I found the perfect project!  If you love the idea of ReUsing and repurposing items that you may have around the house or that might otherwise end up in our landfills, you should definitely check out Forkner's book and the LA Times blog!

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Meet DRN's Furry Friends

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One thing we love at Deconstruction & ReUse Network is our furry family!  Here are some of DRN's furry friends that bring lots of love and smiles to our faces.

Buji Schilling, The Decon Dog:  Buji's favorite thing to do is help out Lorenz with work and sometimes Buji even gets to drive!


Forrest Wise: Forrest is 15, but that doesn't stop him from believing he is 10 years younger.  Forrest loves to run around the house and play with his best friend, Emily.


Emily Wise-Schilling:  Emily loves to be on the go and enjoys long walks and car rides.  When she is home playing with Forrest, Emily likes to run all over the house and you better not get in her way!  Emily hopes to one day go with her Dad to work, like Buji.


Sascha McCullough: Sascha loves to play ball with her Dad and even go wine tasting!  She loves everyone she meets and makes sure to greet them with her adorable charm!


Calli Faller: Calli is a beautiful rescue that is part cocker spaniel part lab.  Calli loves relaxing on the couch with her big bone she got for Christmas and playing on her own private golf course in the backyard!


Penelope Brown: Penelope is a fun little dog that loves hanging out with her Mommy.  Penelope's favorite thing to do is take long walks in nature!


Momo Tai: Momo is a beautiful kitty that loves to sleep in the sun and relax.  Momo also likes to catch mice that come out during deconstruction!


Diego Moore: Diego is a small pomeranian that loves going on adventures with Mommy and brother, Tiki!


Tiki Moore: Tiki is Diego's brother and his favorite thing to do is play with squeaky toys!  Anything that squeaks will get Tiki's attention!


Chloe Czapla: Chloe is a feisty pup that loves to run and chase birds.  Her most favorite toy is her stuffed hedgehog (and she owns 6 of them)!


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Call to Action in Detroit: Please Choose Deconstruction Over Demolition!

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Today, an article came out via MLive that has caught our attention at DRN. The article discusses how Detroit’s Mayor, Dave Bing, is planning to demolish 10,000 homes in the city. Yes, TEN THOUSAND homes! That is almost unheard of and demolition is not the way to go. The good news presented in the article is the fact that “a group of local architects, planners, engineers, government representatives, construction companies, and community development groups” will be meeting on Friday to explore the option of deconstruction. The symposium has been named “Detroit Re-Nailed” and will take place at the Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, MI.

The event will bring to light the option of deconstruction and all the reasons the homes should NOT be simply demolished. With that many homes slated to be torn down, there is no question that there are so many materials that could be ReUsed and kept out of our landfills. Beyond that, deconstruction would create jobs that would make a positive impact on the city.

If you are in the Dearborn area and would like to attend the event, click here for more information.

And perhaps Mayor Bing should watch our Legos video again (and again!)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The House That ReUsed Money Built

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One of the most fun aspects of being in the ReUse industry is seeing how others have taken the initiative to creatively ReUse all sorts of items and make them into something new.  One of the most unique ReUse ideas that we came across recently was from an artist in Ireland who took $1.82 billion in shredded money and built a house!  Yes, from shredded Euros to an actual house!  As of now, the house consists of one bedroom, one bathroom, and a living room.  The artist, Frank Buckley, plans to continue his efforts and expand the house from what it is now to also include a kitchen, patio, and money shower, very soon.

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