The ReUse People reduces the solid waste stream and changes the way the built environment is renewed by salvaging building materials and distributing them for reuse.
Announcing the 2014 National Reuse Contest WINNERS!
By Ted Reiff
Another successful National Reuse Contest has come to a close. Hundreds of entries were submitted to participating stores. Each store selected local winners and forwarded those to The ReUse People for final judging. National winners were chosen in late December.
The complexity and uniqueness of projects increased again this year, in keeping with a trend that has been building since the contest’s inception.
By popular demand, the 2014 contest was separated into two divisions: Art & Furniture and Construction & Remodeling. Not only did this result in more entries, it also made judging a little easier.
…And the winners are:
Art & Furniture
First place goes to Allan and Betty Botwinick, who rescued a discarded electric fireplace, added an ironing board, a couple of old egg beaters and miscellaneous hardware to create a fanciful, functional coffee table — both art and furniture! Their entry was submitted through Indian River Habitat ReStore in Vero Beach Florida.
Second place goes to Daniel Meaders for abstract shelving constructed entirely of salvaged wood, including old–growth pine shiplap and old–growth oak flooring. The unit, with its explosive, angular configuration, was custom designed for an urban loft. The entry was submitted through the City of Houston ReUse Warehouse.
Jason Matukaitis took third place for his handsome keystone industrial coffee table. Jason combined the warmth and richness of curving slabs of reclaimed black walnut with the cool sheen of refurbished stainless steel base units and a diamond–plate lower shelf. The entry was submitted to Construction Junction in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Remodeling & Construction
Taking an 8'x20' shipping container and turning it into an attractive, well designed, eminently livable house takes extraordinary skill and vision, qualities that netted Sarah Beckstrom first place in this division. Fully 90 percent of the materials were salvaged. For a green–living bonus, Sarah added a roof garden. Sarah's entry was submitted through The ReUse People's Oakland warehouse.
Kate's Barfield won second place with her stunning 11'x11' garden room/retreat. Working without a blueprint, all decisions were guided by the nature of the salvaged materials, which included vintage pine paneling, redwood windows, copper gutters (reused as window boxes) and old glass library cabinets. Kate submitted her entry through Community Forklift in Edmonston, Maryland.
Third place goes to Lynn Marie and Ken Kobylanski for the stairwell remodel in their newly purchased, begging–for–restoration 1850 house. Salvaged materials included columns, arches, corbels, balusters and French doors, all from compatible structures built in the 1800s. The Kobylansksis submitted their entry through ReHouse in Rochester, New York.
Winners receive gift cards worth $1000 (1st place), $500 (2nd place) and $250 (3rd place) redeemable at the stores where their entries were submitted. In addition, the first-place winners each receive a framed four-color poster showcasing their entry, and enjoy a celebration dinner on TRP, with yours truly playing host.
Posters also go to the stores that sponsored the winning entries, and the managers of all participating stores receive Starbucks gift cards.
Finally, all participating managers were entered into a drawing for $200. The 2014 winner was Kadence Ingleheart of Earthwise, in Seattle.
The 2015 contest is already underway. If you are thinking about entering a project, please contact your local reuse store or warehouse and encourage them to participate.
Store managers, or anyone desiring more information on the 2015 contest, should contact:
National Reuse Contest
Specials of the Month
|At the Oakland warehouse we are featuring windows. Receive 25% off the price of any window through February 28.||
|The Los Angeles warehouse is featuring interior doors and plumbing fixtures (sinks, toilets, and tubs). Receive 50% off the price of any interior door, or 25% off the price of any eligible plumbing fixture, in the warehouse through February 28.||
|The San Bernardino warehouse is featuring lighting and furniture. Receive a 50% discount on any light fixture or furniture item in the San Bernardino warehouse through February 28.||
The Oakland warehouse has received an abundance of pavers. Great for walkways and patios.
Location and Contact Information
TRP ReUse Warehouse - Oakland
9235 San Leandro Street
Oakland, CA 94603
(510) 383-1983; toll-free 888-588-9490
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00-6:00 Closed Sunday
TRP ReUse Warehouse - Los Angeles
3015 Dolores Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-5:00; Sat 10:00-4:00
TRP-HACSB ReUse Warehouse - San Bernardino
660 East Orange Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410
Hours: Tue-Sat 9:00-6:00 Closed Monday and Sunday
Please visit our partnering warehouses:
Habitat for Humanity ReStores, Orange County (two convenient locations)
The Home Improvement Store That Builds Homes
1656 West Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92802
(Euclid and Katella Avenue)
Mon-Fri 9:00 am- 8:00 pm;
Sat 9:00 am- 6:00pm;
Sun 11:00 am- 5:00 pm
The Home Improvement Store That Builds Homes
1400 Village Way, Santa Ana, CA 92705
(McFadden Place Shopping Center, exit 55 Freeway at McFadden)
Mon- Sat 9:00 am- 6:00 pm;
Sun 10:00 am- 5:00 pm
Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Kansas City
4701 Deramus, Kansas City MO 64120
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-6:00; Sat 9:00-4:00; closed Sunday
The ReUse Warehouse
1400 East Geer Street
Durham, NC 27704
Hours: Mon-Fri, 2:00-6:00; Sat, 9:30-5:00
Second Chance Building Materials Center
1423 West Grove Street
Boise, ID 83702
Hours: Mon-Sat, 9:00-6:00; Sun, 12:00-5:00
Roaring Fork Valley Habitat for Humanity
7025 Hwy 82
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Hours: Mon-Fri, 10:00-5:30; Sat, 10:00-5:00; Sun, 11:00-4:00
Stardust Building Supply
3901 E. Thunderbird Road
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Hours: Mon-Sat, 8:00-6:00; Sun, 10:00-4:00
Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Salt Lake Valley,
1276 South 500 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00am-6:00pm; closed Sunday
Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Summit & Wasatch Counties
6280 N. Silver Creek Drive, Silver Summit, UT
Hours: Wed-Sat 10:00-6:00; closed Sunday
1951 Woodbine Way Park City, UT 84060
Hours: Mon-Sat 8:00-5:30; Sun 10:00-4:00
50 West Madison
Maywood, IL 60153
Hours: Wed-Mon 10:00-6:00p; Closed Tuesdays