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Go Green When Renovating: Choose Deconstruction Over Demolition

Homeowners, the next time you want to start your home renovation with a sledgehammer party, think again.Contractors, interior designers and homeowners alike are all finding that deconstruction -- the careful removal of building materials to reuse them elsewhere -- trumps demolition from a financial, environmental and even an aesthetic perspective.R&R: Americans love remodeling and renovations"In the late '90s, if you Googled the word 'deconstruction' you'd find pages about philosophy," says Jesse White, owner of Sarasota Architectural Salvage in Sarasota, Fla. "But now it's becoming more mainstream."Read: Celebrate Earth Day by monitoring your home's energy useThe intention of deconstruction, as opposed to demolition, is to salvage as much building materials as possible for resale. There's a huge opportunity, especially in the north and Northeast where, says White, "urban forests are waiting to be harvested."Sadly, America is a throw-out society where seemingly everything gets tossed i...

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