Traditional demolition can be extremely wasteful, so we’re a huge fan of deconstruction to preserve reusable materials. Massachusetts-based EcoBuilding Bargains is a unique business that cuts construction waste and saves money for customers, by offering both deconstruction services and a retail outlet for all those reclaimed building materials.
Besides being an environmentally friendly way to keep demolition waste out of landfills, reclaimed building materials from a homeowner’s deconstruction can count as tax-deductible donations. And EcoBuilding Bargains uses experienced crews to leave a job site clean and prepped for contractors to begin the renovation process.
The retail end of the EcoBuilding operation can also be a great resource for homeowners. Their store space features a wide variety of architectural salvage pieces like vintage doors, light fixtures, and molding; it also offers staples like lumber, cabinets, plumbing supplies, appliances, and hardware at deeply discounted prices. Depending on their inventory, you might find a basic set of kitchen cabinets for $100, a $20 chandelier, or roof shingles for $4.50 a bundle.
EcoBuilding Bargains is affiliated with the nonprofit Center for EcoTechnology, and claims the title of New England’s biggest supplier of used and surplus building materials. Learn more about their products and services at the EcoBuilding Bargains website: http://www.ecobuildingbargains.org/