by BFI Waste System
Allen Associates for the Landrum Addition & Remodel.
whole house remodel focused on quality rather than quantity, on
preserving rather than replacing, and on reusing rather than throwing
away. Deconstruction, not demolition, was the approach from the
where change as planned were disassembled piece by piece and the
contractor ended up recycling about 95% of all the wood and about
75% of everything else - materials that typically go into the landfill.
The most creative and perhaps the most sustainable aspect of the
project was adding to the existing adobe brick walls. The originals
were painstakingly cut out and salvaged. Where additional abodes
were needed, the contractor made adobes on site, using the same
source of soil from the yard that was believed to be used for the
original bricks. This project was liberal in the use of labor and
tight in the use of materials, thus embodying a basic sustainability
principle. In other words, artisans were supported and resources