Deconstruction vs. Demolition
So you’re ready to start that big renovation project — a new kitchen, an updated bathroom, or maybe even an entire house!
Before you install the new, you’ve got to take care of the old. In the past, the most common practice was demolition, whether performed by sledgehammer-wielding homeowners or well-equipped professionals.
In this greener day and age, however, another practice is emerging: deconstruction. The idea is still the same in that the existing space is torn down to make way for new construction. Yet with deconstruction, careful attention is paid to the process so that materials like wood, tile, fixtures and flooring can be salvaged and reused.
Because deconstruction is still catching on, there aren’t too many professionals that are experts in the practice. Another downside to deconstruction? The cost. You’ll likely pay close to double what you would for demolition, although if you choose to donate salvaged materials to an organization like Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, your resulting tax deduction may make up for the increased expense.
Aside from donating salvaged materials, you could opt to reuse them in your own projects. You may spend some time refinishing things like wood, but the results can be well worth a little extra elbow grease.
If you’re preparing for a major renovation, are you inclined to deconstruct or demolish?