Deconstruction & Retail Space Update

April 28, 2017

It is encouraging to see more renovation and deconstruction work taking place. We now have more job opportunities than we can keep up with. Where we really need our customer assistance though is for the salvage opportunities that do not pay for us to salvage. because selling the materials before or as they are removed will pay for the upfront labor costs. And taking the materials right away means we do not have to store, handle , display ,and sell individual pieces. If we do not salvage these materials they are gone, off to a landfill. Until we have ordinances like Portland Oregon’s, that require deconstruction, there will continue to be huuuge amounts of really irreplaceable materials lost forever. have I said this a thousand time before ? Yes. Is the situation resolved ? No. So I will continually remind until there is a resolve and continue to ave whatever is possible in the meantime ( even if it means rattling a tin come to pay for what , in all reality, we should be paying to do collectively anyway. But lest we not get into a rant on governance…….

Our retail space is open during the renovation at Fairhaven Furniture. Maybe a little more moving things around to get at stuff, but that’s nothing unusual anyway.

Here are some projects AT THE DEADLINE , we have only days to recover materials and no budget to do it:

Pine siding, pine flooring and paneling and framing from a 1936 beach house. rather unique materials. The only way we are going to save all of this is if we could get some licensed contractors or volunteers from a charitable organization ( in that case the materials will be donated to keep the work charitable). But we could at least save some of it ourselves IF WE HAD BUYERS FOR THE MATERIAL. 


Hemlock framing and yellow pine sub floors, 1910. We have recovered all of the finished flooring, doors ; and some radiators and moldings from this house. we just recovered 280 square feet of the sub floor yesterday ( available for immediate purchase at the shop). and 140 feet of 2×8. We propose recovering another 180 feet of 2×8 and perhaps another 200 square feet of sub floor, but we need buyers !


We have a little more time on these projects, but need advance buyers:


2 car garage c. 1925-1940. We have May. period t&g pine, framing. Nice and clean. The great thing about a garage is no plaster / drywall, insulation, pipes and minimal wires. Just a lot of wood. And some new garage doors. Note: All historic houses we find out about are referred to the Connecticut Trust For Historic Preservation, in case there is a way to preserve these building and not turn them into materials.

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18th century projects and early 19th) – yes a list of houses from the 1700′s that are coming down ! We are not even going to get to all the post civil war era houses we know about….


Hamden c. 1810-1830


Orange 1770

East Haven 1750

Baltic 1790

Barns form the 1700′s to 1940′s : Norfolk, Brooklyn, Cheshire, Orange, Southington, Windsor Locks, Wethersfield