Using Salvaged Materials To Create A Unique Charm

Using Salvaged Materials To Create A Unique Charm

And, lessening the impact on the environment and your wallet!

Salvaged Materials Kitchen CabinetsSalvaged or reclaimed materials are building materials that have been recycled specifically for reuse. Some people conjure up images of dumpster diving – and while they could be from dumpsters (Doug has been known to pull materials out of dumpsters for reuse), most are building materials that were carefully deconstructed from or home or building and one way to greatly lighten your remodel’s carbon impact. Not only does the reuse of materials lessen the overall impact on the planet, it also can lessen the impact on your wallet while also adding unique character that is hard (and sometimes impossible) to replicate.

Mighty House Construction is a huge proponent of using salvaged materials and finishes. We encourage clients to check out the warehouses at Second Use and like businesses during the early planning stages of their projects.

Often you can find salvaged cabinets, lighting, windows, doors, and fixtures (to just name a few) for up to 50 percent less than buying new – like these cabinets in Doug and Laura’s own kitchen (pictured above). Sure sometimes there are additional costs to making the salvaged materials work in your home (like Doug had to build two upper cabinets to infill), but often there is still a cost savings plus now we get to tell a fun story about our kitchen. (Ask us later!)

The trick with utilizing salvaged materials is that you either let the materials dictate the design or find materials that will fit or can be modified to work with your design. Then you begin the hunt for what will work and start collecting your items. Similar to shopping for that perfect prom dress or tux from a used clothing store, committed hunting usually will lead to some great finds! Like this gem of a counter and backsplash (pictured below) one client found awhile ago planning ahead for the ADU she knew she wanted to build.

Reach out to us anytime if you have ideas of unique ways to used salvaged materials in your project or if you have some items you’d like to use just to update your existing space. No project is too big or too small.

MHC and 2nd Use Present: Salvaged Cabinets 101 with Doug.

Thinking about starting a kitchen remodel this year? Salvaged cabinets are one of the most popular ways to incorporate reclaimed materials into a remodel. Like most salvaged material, working with salvaged cabinets presents many rewards, as well as a few challenges.
Join Doug Elfline of Mighty House Construction to gain an understanding of how to shop for salvaged cabinets, prevent common installation mistakes, identify the different types and parts of cabinets, and determine what type of cabinets are the best fit for your project. This is a taped workshop that was presented live via Zoom on Saturday, February 27th, 2021. This workshop was presented by:
Second Use Building Materials – https://www.seconduse.com/
Mighty House Construction – https://mightyhouseconstruction.com/
For information on how to shop reuse for your design – 0:30. 1:12:30 General design terms – 2:00 Kitchen remodels with salvaged cabinets examples – 4:30 Info on painting cabinets – 11:20 Staining – 29:20 Info on installing cabinets – 16:30, 36:20 Info on creating kitchen islands – 33:45 Info on unique countertop integration – 44:15, 52:55 Info on cabinet hardware: hinges & drawer glides – 47:45, 1:02:30 Tips on shopping for Cabinets at Second Use – 1:15:20

2020 Northwest Remodeling Expo

Friday, Jan 24 – Sunday, Jan 26 | Washington State Convention Center | Halls 4EF 800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA 98101
The 2020 Northwest Remodeling Expo brings together hundreds of local and regional home improvement companies for one weekend only. Bigger and better than ever– at Seattle’s comprehensive “one stop” home improvement marketplace, you’ll discover new resources and companies to help you update and maintain your home.
 

Co-Owner Laura Elfline will be teaming up with Roy Stark McGarrah at the Expo during the seminar session Building a Carbon Neutral Backyard Cottage to talk about how Living Shelter Architects and Mighty House Construction designed and built a beautiful, industry and media acclaimed carbon neutral DADU (Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit) in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood at 11 AM on Saturday, January 25 at Center Stage. Click here to register for the seminar.

And Laura will be back at 4 pm on Saturday with Dirk Wassink of Second Use Building Materials to tell you about incorporating salvage into your remodeling project with their talk: Salvage Simplified. Click here to register for the seminar.

Come and visit us at Booth #1012!
Reducing Waste from Seattle’s Building Boom

Reducing Waste from Seattle’s Building Boom

owner of dedicated deconstruction

Our current building boom in Seattle means a lot of old homes are being torn down. And there are lots of useable materials from these old homes that don’t always get put to best use. In fact, construction waste accounts for one-third of Seattle’s landfill total. Our friends at Dedicated Deconstruction are hard at work trying to change that. They make sure quality lumber, flooring, tile, and fixtures don’t go to waste. Every year the crew diverts about 20,000 tons of material from landfills!

Noel Strout and his crew are brought in on construction jobs by contractors concerned with minimizing job site waste. They then asses the site and salvage everything that’s useable, including lumber, fixtures, appliances, tile, and bricks. These salvaged materials can then be used on the next project or donated to salvage resellers. This process is a fantastic way to minimize the impact our remodel jobs have on the planet.

“You’d be hard-pressed to see someone throw away a truckload of gas, but they’ll throw away a truckload of gas’s worth of material without thinking twice” – Noel Strout, Owner

At Mighty House, we are proud salvage and donate/reuse as much material as we can on each project. Dedicated Deconstruction has been a great partner on our past projects and we look forward to continued work with them and other environmentally minded crews!Read the full Seattle Magazine article here.

Free Workshop: Power Tools 101

Free Workshop: Power Tools 101

Saturday May 12, 2018 

There is nothing better than having the right tool for the right job! Join us at Second Use Building Materials to discover the who-what-where-and-why of power tools with our very own Doug Elfline.

This free workshop will teach you how to assess which tool is the right tool, how to plan your tool use, what safety considerations to be aware of, and how to troubleshoot potential problems through a short presentation followed by live demonstrations of popular power tools, a conversation on where to find them, and Q+A with the pros.

11am-12:30pm

3223 6th Ave S Seattle, WA 98134

Save Your Spot by emailing maryanne@seconduse.com and RSVP on Facebook