Recycled salvaged homes? The Art of Deconstruction.

The ultimate in ReUse- Deconstruction of a Home for ReUse

Recycled salvaged homes? What exactly does that mean and what is the Art of Deconstruction? Well, to put explain it easily. Think of building a standard home. What steps would you take to build it? First, you’d excavated for the basement or concrete slab, then you’d start framing the house with wood, using nails or screws. Next you’d put up the roof, with wood, nails, shingles and so on. Then you’d finish the interior and exterior of the home, to include the siding, windows, doors, walls, flooring, cabinetry, appliances, plumbing, electrical, heating and everything that goes along with them.
Now, do the same thing, only in reverse! The Art of Deconstruction is just that! The deconstruction contractor is a master in taking down a house, nail by nail, screw by screw, one piece of 2 by 4 to the next…. The house is literally taken apart just as it would have gone up!

Now depending on the home’s condition, inside and out, about 3/4 of the materials may be salvaged for reuse. Your licensed deconstruction contractor would assess visually the approximate salvagable items. Here in Maryland, there are several contractors and salvage material depots, however, Patuxent Roll-Off, LLC has been working for many years in conjunction with a widely used and dependable contractor, Steve Verill with K & S Services and The Loading Dock located in Baltimore, MD.

So, why deconstruct your home using deconstruction hand power which requires money and time versus a complete demolition using mechanized equipment, which is in most cases, less money and less time? Well, it depends on your situation. For many homeowners that are trying to decide which route to take when it’s time to demolish an existing house, is to weight the pros and cons for each scenerio. An added bonus for the deconstruction and salvage of a home, is the added tax advantages for the homeowner, as the salvaged material would be considered a taxable donation. You’ll also save on trash waste costs, however, as noted above, the labor will typically be higher than the standard equipment demolition.

So, everyone seems to understand that the more trash we dump in landfills, the quicker our landfills will fill up. Everyone knows that our available land is diminishing quickly, especially in urban areas, and no one wants a landfill near their homes. Counties and States are hard pressed to find new locations for new landfills. So, finding alternative ways to recycle, reuse or repurpose items that might otherwise be disposed of, is becoming one of the fastest growing industries in the country.

Patuxent Roll-Off, LLC is proud to partake a small role in helping to recycle material and debris, as well as to help benefit others in need.

To find out more about The Loading Dock (TLD) please visit their website, where you can read a bit of history of their beginning and why they started The Loading Dock and also how you can help by donating materials. Also, The Loading Dock is now open to the public for purchasing salvaged or donated materials, appliances and more! If you can’t make it to Baltimore check out the other Local reuse centers or your local Habitat for Humanity Restores in Maryland.


2 Responses to “Recycled salvaged homes? The Art of Deconstruction.”
  1. karen gunther says:


    Is there a rough formula for determing the cost for deconstructing a small home? Or does it require a visit to the site?

    Thanks, Karen

    • Karen, almost all deconstruction projects will require an onsite visit to go over materials that will be deconstructed to evaluate the quantity, time, and quality of materials to be deconstructed. thanks for your inquiry.

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