We are excited to say that last night we won “The Golden Prybar” award given by the DeCon ’13 Conference – sponsored by BMRA (Building Materials Reuse Association). The award was for Best of Show in presentation of projects showcasing the use of salvaged materials. It was one award among many, given to people who work in the deconstruction industry. It was fascinating to see the dedication of the individuals who work in this field.
Here’s our presentation board featuring some of our favorite projects using salvaged materials:
Here’s us winning the award:
Here’s us with that enviable Golden Prybar:
Here’s Monica drinking a beer:
And here’s Mary Jean wishing everyone peace:
A very cool side benefit was that the ceremony took place at the greenest building in the world – The Bullitt Center. We didn’t have the full tour, but snapped some pictures of the some of the interesting architectural features. It is an amazing building that we are lucky to have here in Seattle.
Stair surrounded by windows, looking down. Bullitt Center.
Bullitt Center, exterior.
Construction progress display, Buillitt Center.
Underside of solar panelled roof overhang, Bullitt Center.
Exposed pipes, stairway landing, Bullitt Center.
Detail of exposed pipes, stairway landing, Bullitt Center.
Wow. I hope someone knew what they were doing.
All pipes are labelled.
Compostable toilet, using reclaimed water.
Orchid at stair landing, nice concrete wall, Bullitt Center.
“Red List”, a listing of all yucky things not allowed in building materials at the Bullitt Center.
“The Living Building Challenge” Red List.
Detail of floor latch on sliding wood door, Bullitt Center.
I bought this vintage utility sink years ago at Second Use Building Materials. We had been considering a second floor addition and weren’t 100% sure the remodel would actually happen. But then I fell in love with the sink and had to get it. So my argument for the remodel became “we have to do it, we already have the sink!”.
The addition eventually did happen and I finally got to use the sink.
Here are some pictures of the finished bathroom. Things to note:
Salvaged materials include: tile seconds from Architerra NW, castors, sanded Fir flooring from our attic for shelving, planed and sanded/finished Fir from basement cladding for baseboard/door trim.
When we got the sink it came in an angle iron frame. It was rusty and a little thin, but the general design was cool. We modified it a bit, designed flanking cabinets to match, and had a local welder/artist build them.
The counter tops (and floors and shower walls) are d.i.y. Milestone, a decorative/pigmented hybridized cement. That was a wacky Hammer Like a Girl undertaking that we will never do on that scale again. Counter tops – completely do-able. Floors and shower walls – not so much. But we did it and I only cried once.
Speaking of crying, the day we set the tiles was 103°. (We reserved the wet saw and the husband took the day off work so we were determined to get it done.) Actually it was 103° outside and about 110° inside/upstairs. Sweaty.
If there is a moral of this story, I guess it would be: if you love something that is one-of-a-kind – even if you don’t quite know what to do with it – go ahead and buy it (if your significant-other will let you and you have room in your basement, that is.)
Salvaged castors on the iron frame counters.
Reclaimed and sanded Fir from attic.
Angle iron sink frame and matching flanking cabinets.
Cool stamp on ceramic sink: Crane & Trenton Potteries Co.
This is part of an ongoing series where we learn about, implement and share projects that improve the energy efficiencies of our homes.
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We are learning a lot about energy efficiency these days and we really like it. (Nerd love, Seattle style). We’re planning multiple, simple upgrades to our homes which are highly effective, low-cost, and in most cases, easy. Continue reading →
We keep noticing beautifully designed fences, arbors and outdoor space screens around our town. We see plenty of badly designed ones too, but thought you’d be more interested in the goodies!
Keep your eyes peeled for additions to this series as we discover more while we collect supplies for our next project.
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Posted February 25, 2013
You know those fabulous slabs of tree you’ve squirreled away in your basement? I know some of you have them (and I am jealous). Here’s an idea to inspire your creative side – check this out! The wine garden fence designed by Marenakos Rock Center for the Seattle Flower and Garden Show 2013.
A Wood and Stone Fence
A powerful statement at 10-15 feet tall! Just to the right of this was the entry gate:
I love the design concept of getting lighter (visually), and more wild as the fence/arbor/entry goes up and the contrast between warm, polished wood against hewn, cold stone. Lighting was used to great effect, which my flash washed out (dang!), but you can still get a sense of it. The plants add softness and depth by being both in front of and behind the fence, tapping into our impulsive nature to spy inside. Isn’t it great?!