Why Deconstruction is Something of an Artform
When most people think about construction, they envision a messy, dusty and chaotic process at the beginning of the project, when existing structures are torn down or old materials are stripped away. This is known as deconstruction, and it is a necessary part of most home improvement projects. There are a number of different ways that deconstruction can take place, some of which are more environmentally friendly than others. At Owens Construction, we take pride in implementing green practices and community service into all of our deconstruction practices. We feel that this early stage of a construction project is just as important as what comes after. We would like to share with you some of the ways that we do things differently.
Demolition as a Project, Not Just a Prerequisite
Tearing out old materials is not just a necessary step in the remodeling process. It should be viewed as a project in and of itself. We take the time to do each demolition project properly, taking great care to protect the rest of your home from the intrusion of dust and debris. That takes time, but it also allows our team to complete each demolition with the knowledge that we are protecting the safety of each home's occupants. This is especially true when a home contains asbestos products, and where the utmost care is taken to encapsulate and remove those materials from the home and ensure proper disposal. Asbestos is a serious threat to the health of both the workers and the individuals who reside in the home, and we never take our responsibilities lightly when it comes to protecting their health.
Recycling Existing Materials
In many cases, the materials that are being removed from one part of the home can be used in the remodel project. This is especially true regarding wood, which may be used to frame new doorways, windows or walls in the home. When the materials are not suitable for the project at hand, they can often be of use to someone else. Organizations like Habitat for Humanity accept donated materials from home improvement or construction projects and sell them at a discount to others who are looking for inexpensive materials. The money that is taken in then goes to use supporting the construction of new homes for economically challenged families. By finding ways to recycle old construction materials, a great deal of bulk is kept out of landfills, which is a significant benefit of taking the time to find a good place to donate the remnants of demolition.
At Owens Construction, we are committed to using green materials and practices whenever possible. Regarding demolition, that means taking the time to remove materials in a way that preserves their usefulness and then finding the best options for putting those materials back to work, whether in the current project or through a community donation service. We thank you for your partnership in our recycling efforts and look forward to working with you on your next home remodeling project. We are always available to answer any questions that you might have or to schedule a free consultation and quote for services.