“A sustainable lifestyle starts in the home because that’s where you live,” says Elba I. Cox, principal broker and owner of EcoPro Realty Group in Lake Oswego.
While some would consider the removal of an older home unfortunate, there can be a silver lining—Habitat for Humanity ReStores “de- construct” properties, salvaging high-quality materials—cupboards, vanities, kitchenettes, trim, solid wood doors, and modern light fixtures–that would otherwise have gone straight to the landfill.
Martha Cerna, Communications/Marketing Manager and Mark Haley, business relations director with Habitat for Humanity ReStores, explain how to convert an old glass-paneled door from one of their company stores into a mirrored coat rack.
For the last six years, Salvage Works’ sibling owners Rachel Browning and Preston Browning have dealt in repurposing lumber from old barns and houses found all across Oregon and Southern Washington. In addition to selling the wood itself, they also build custom furniture, tables, shelves, mantelpieces, accent walls and a variety of other unique pieces.
Homeowners interested in building with sustainable materials have a new resource for uses indoors and out: Western Juniper.