Hard Hats Off! to the Local Winners of the 2012 Reuse Contest

By Ted Reiff

The 2012 Reuse Contest has drawn to a close. Local winners have been chosen and selection of the national winners has begun.

TRP customers in Oakland and Los Angeles have again demonstrated what can be accomplished with some imagination, a bit of planning, a good deal of sweat and a bunch of used materials.

Frankly, if these entries and winners don’t encourage folks embarking on new building projects, major remodels or simple makeovers to incorporate salvaged materials, I don’t know what will.

The 2012 entries included designer furniture, cabinetry, loft storage, a complete kitchen, a wine cellar, a guest house, a replacement garage and, of course, a chicken coop (our third in recent years—this one I could live in).

Los Angeles Winners

First place winner Ali Abler experienced mission creep during a recent remodeling project and ended up building a romantic wine cellar. The used materials kept the cost down on this expansive project.

Rob Rowe earned Second Place with handsome furniture for an outdoor dining area. He captured Third Place as well, for an unusual custom table commissioned by a Huntington Beach designer for one of her clients. Both projects incorporate salvaged beams in creative ways.

Oakland Winners

In Oakland, Tony Jones took First Place with a complete kitchen add-on. He incorporated used cabinets and French doors that were originally white and achieved a natural wood appearance with faux wood paint. Fascinating!

Kaleem Khwaja won Second Place for a whimsical backyard guest cottage complete with green roof and succulent-clad sliding doors on the cottage’s outdoor-access shower. (I once rebuilt a 100-year old farm house without plans, so I can relate to Kaleem’s no design, just-see-where-it-goes approach.)

Damian Disterdick decided that a new house for her chickens came before the renovation of her own home and earned Third Place for her fancy chicken coop. It was her very first building project and the result is worth crowing about.

The replacement garage by Chad Ashby earned an unprecedented Honorable Mention in Oakland. The original garage had collapsed, trapping an old VW Bug inside. Salvaging and selling the Bug probably helped Chad purchase used lumber for the beautiful new garage.

Visit the TRP website Reuse Contest page for additional information and photos of these winners. And stay tuned for my announcement of the national winners in the December e-letter.

New Website

On August 11, TRP launched its new website. Visit us at our usual address, www.TheReUsePeople.org -- and give us your feedback.

Employment Opportunity

TRP is seeking a versatile individual for the position of Deconstruction and Safety Supervisor. Primary responsibilities include the marketing and sales of TRP deconstruction services in the Bay Area, and the development and implementation of safety policies for deconstruction, warehouse and administrative employees. This “utility player” will assume numerous additional roles as needed within the organization. The ideal candidate will be bilingual (English/Spanish), adept in the use of Microsoft Office, knowledgeable concerning residential construction, and skilled in oral/written communication and sales/marketing techniques. Compensation is a combination of base salary plus incentive. TRP offers health care, the usual holidays and vacations, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) program, and an outstanding work environment.

Specials of the Month

At the Oakland warehouse we are featuring single cabinets (no sets). Receive 25% off the price of any single cabinet in the warehouse through November 30.
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The Los Angeles warehouse is featuring doors. Receive 25% off any door in the new warehouse through November 30.
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New Inventory

The Oakland warehouse has just received windows, doors, cabinets, light fixtures and appliances from a 2001 Palo Alto home. Don’t miss this collection of terrific fixtures!
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The Los Angeles warehouse recently received numerous fine materials from deconstructed homes in Brentwood and Manhattan Beach, including a large front-loading washer/dryer combination only five years old, wall sconces, a modern pedestal sink, doors, and a five-person hot tub.
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Deconstruction & New Materials Update

Visit the TRP website for a complete list of current deconstruction projects and inventories. Just click on “Retail Sales” and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Location and Contact Information

TRP ReUse Warehouse

9235 San Leandro Street
Oakland, CA  94603
(510) 383-1983; toll-free 888-588-9490
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00-6:00 Closed Sunday

In Southern California, TRP’s Los Angeles warehouse:

3015 Dolores Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-5:00; Sat 10:00-4:00

Please visit our partnering warehouses:

Habitat for Humanity ReStores, Orange County

(two convenient locations)
12827 Harbor Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA 92840
(714) 590-8729
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00- 8:00; Saturday 9:00-6:00; Sunday 11:00-5:00
2200 S. Ritchey Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 434-6266
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00-5:00; closed Sunday

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Kansas City

4701 Deramus, Kansas City MO 64120
(816) 231-6889
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-6:00; Sat 9:00-4:00; closed Sunday

The ReBuilding Exchange, Chicago

1740 West Webster, Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 847-3761
Hours: Tues-Wed 10:00-6:00; Thurs 12:00-8:00; Fri-Sat 10:00-6:00

Reuseable Green Works

840 Boston Post Road
West Haven, CT 06516
(203) 745-3695
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00-5:00; Sat 8:00-noon

The Re-Use Store

6350 27th Street (at 47th Ave.), Sacramento CA 95822
(916) 399-8900
Hours: Wed-Sat, 8:30-4:00

The ReUse Warehouse

800 Taylor Street
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 219-4913
Hours: Mon-Fri, 2:00-6:00; Sat, 9:30-5:00

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