Recycle – Your House?

All tha's left after deconstructing the Barry's home is the asbestos-ridden drywall and the stucco exterior.   Photo: Jim Stevens/McClatchy Newspapers
All that’s left after deconstructing the Barry’s home is asbestos-ridden drywall and the stucco exterior. Photo: Jim Stevens, McClatchy Newspapers

A Danville, California couple proved that recycling comes in all forms and sizes.

Mike and Tricia Barry recently tore down their 2,250 square foot home, then hired a company to deconstruct it piece by piece, recycling just about everything.

“Nearly everything that made up the house — wood, windows, appliances, flooring, roofing and even the nails — went to nonprofit organizations,” according to the Seattle Times.

After stripping the house, California Deconstruction and Building Materials ReUse Network picked up the materials, then brought them to a number of charitable organizations, including Habitat for Humanity and Corazon, which helps build homes for people in northern Baja California, Mexico.

“I’d say 80 to 85 percent of the Barry house was reused,” says Gerald Long of Corazón. “Even the copper plumbing was recycled, the bricks were saved and all the interior fixtures were saved.”

And recycling their  home netted the Barry’s a $100,000 tax write-off as well. All in all, everybody came out a winner.


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