Announcing the 2016 National Reuse Contest Winners

By Ted Reiff

Our 2016 National Reuse Contest was a big success. Hundreds of entries were submitted to TRP partner warehouses and other reuse outlets around the country. As usual, first, second and third-place local winners were selected at each location, and three independent judges chose the national winners from that pool, with awards in both the Art & Furniture and Construction & Remodeling categories. Winners in both categories receive $1,000, $500, or $250 gift certificates.

Construction and Remodeling

First Place goes to Nestor Topchy of Houston, Texas, who designed and built an eco-pond in his backyard to help relieve seasonal flooding, lining the walls with thousands of pieces of broken concrete. As a result, he not only solved the flooding problem but created a flourishing ecosystem for plants and animals. All the concrete pieces were obtained from TRP partner store, Reuse Houston.

Alice Abler of Los Angeles, California, has won Second Place for her family’s extensive bedroom remodel and bathroom addition. This long-term project incorporated doors, windows, hardware, fixtures and tiles, salvaged from numerous sources, while saving money and adding striking character. Abler commented, “… it looks like it’s been part of a well-loved villa for decades!” Her project was submitted through the TRP Los Angeles store.

Mark Dooley of Meridian, Indiana, who won Third Place for a handsome kitchen island, submitted his entry through Second Chance Building Materials in Boise, Idaho. The island is part of a kitchen remodel and incorporates reclaimed barn wood, pallet wood, rusted steel panels, a cabinet base, tile, vintage square nail heads and more.

This year we are awarding an Honorable Mention in the Construction and Remodeling category, and it goes to Peter Fischer of Sarasota, Florida, for his barn-to-bunkhouse conversion. The floor is built from a large quantity of salvaged decking; numerous other fixtures and materials, including discarded art, came from a variety of sources. A very big project with impressive results, inside and out. Submitted through Sarasota Architectural Salvage, Sarasota, Florida.

Art and Furniture

In the Art and Furniture category, First Place goes to Kerry Gantt of Falls Church, Virginia, for the creation of an exquisite birdhouse ingeniously constructed from an audio tower and now the home of Tinker, a domesticated parakeet rescued from the wild. After sketching a very basic design, Gantt restructured the configuration to include a large, open area for Tinker, cabinets for storage, a grate floor with a shelf for lining, and hinged doors of various sizes for access. Some 75 percent of the materials were repurposed, including lumber, trim, shelf standards and tracking, hinges, roof tiles and hardware. If you think the standard bird cage is your only option, take a look at this beautiful piece of furniture. Kerry’s entry was submitted through ReHouse Architectural Salvage in Rochester, New York.

Second Place in this category was captured by Christopher Cornett of Honeoye, New York, for a bar cart constructed from an 1800s veneer press, to which were added various salvaged materials, including a glass top, bronze door push bars (now serving as cart handles/towel racks) and casters. A custom-built, hand-formed steel wine rack completes this beautifully compact and functional piece. Cornett’s entry was submitted through ReHouse Architectural Salvage, Rochester, New York.

Terence Chang of Tacoma Park, Maryland, won Third Place for a functional and decorative kitchen prep table, designed to add working and storage space to a tiny kitchen. Most of the materials, including a gas pipe, lumber (dimensional pine, rough walnut and plywood, all from different sources), and a chalkboard for the countertop, were salvaged. An LED strip was added to the lower shelves to provide mood lighting in the evening. Chang’s entry was submitted through Community Forklift, Edmonston, Maryland.

A big thank you to all entrants — and congratulations, winners!

I’ll soon be announcing the start of the 2017 National Reuse Contest, but there’s no reason to wait for the formal launch. Get started now!

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

Please visit our partnering warehouses:

Salvage Too - Rockford Reuse Center
907 S Main Street
Rockford, IL 61101
(815) 963-6236
Hours: Tue-Fri, 11:00am-4:30pm

The ReUse Warehouse
1400 East Geer Street
Durham, NC 27704
(919) 219-4913
Hours: Mon-Fri, 2:00-6:00; Sat, 9:30-5:00

Second Chance Building Materials Center
1423 West Grove Street
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 331-2707
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
(970) 945-7733
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
(602) 459-9803
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
(801) 263-0136
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00am-6:00pm; closed Sunday

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Summit & Wasatch Counties
6280 N. Silver Creek Drive, Silver Summit, UT
(435) 487-9015
Hours: Wed-Sat 10:00-6:00; closed Sunday

Recycle Utah
1951 Woodbine Way Park City, UT 84060
(435) 649-9698
Hours: Mon-Sat 8:00-5:30; Sun 10:00-4:00

Reuse Depot
50 West Madison
Maywood, IL 60153
(708) 223-0502
Hours: Wed-Mon 10:00-6:00p; Closed Tuesdays

New England Reuse
400 Sackett Point Rd
North Haven, CT 06473
(203) 230-2638
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00p; Saturday 9:00-1:00p

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