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Deconstruction offers many benefits. Potentially it can preserve architectural details and building materials of value, create jobs and support the work of non-profits, provide tax benefits to the homeowner and divert usable material from landfills. Recently, Bill McCullough, our Santa Barbara/Ventura area representative, and I worked with Leonard Unander Associates (LUA), Inc. on a deconstruction project in Montecito. With this particular project, we saw all of these benefits come to fruition. Beautiful materials were preserved and donated to charitable organizations, the homeowner will net a cost savings and 65 tons of material, including rough lumber, roofing tiles and finished materials, did not end up in a landfill. An added benefit is that we have found a great advocate for reuse and deconstruction in LUA. We are thrilled for their support and blog post!
Read LUA's Deconstruction blog post
Talking ReUse with John Grossman of EcoBuilding Bargains
Palos Verdes Estates Home Deconstruction
Charitable ReUse in Action in Baja