Kitchen & Bath Design News

AUG 2018

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AS WE ADVANCE toward a more sus- tainable and environmentally friendly future, the practice of repurposing salvaged compo- nents of kitchens or baths is growing. It's no secret that buyers of high-end residences are often willing to do whatever it takes to put their stamp on a new home, and historically, the side effect has been wasted, sometimes almost new materials and products. Some would say that reusing these parts and pieces as a business practice is antithetical to the showroom business model, where profits come mainly from products that are sold. On the other hand, a growing number of designers are gener- ating reusable product in what they're removing from existing spaces, as well as incorporating re- claimed elements in their new kitchen and bath designs. Following is a discussion regarding the possibilities for your consideration. ABOUT THE RESOURCES There are growing numbers of businesses interested in recycling home building com- ponents and furnishings, and the examples included here are based in the Northeast – but their reach and market are national in scope. Viyet ( is a New York- based luxury home furnishings consignment business, interested in items over a minimum retail price point, where a staff member visits the person's home and photographs the items available for sale. They promote the items, priced at a 50-80% discount over original retail price, and when sold, the buyer pays shipping costs and Viyet splits the profits with the seller. For purchasing from Viyet, there are trade discount and commission policies. Habitat ReStore ( restores) is another model, and the company is interested in resale items at a broader range of price points. Depending on the set up in a given location, either they pick up the home- owner's items or the homeowner drops them off. Items donated to a Habitat ReStore help with the organization's goal of helping families to have a decent and affordable home, and for the most part, these items are tax-deductible. While there are a number of deconstruction and architectural salvage businesses, the removal process is critical in the kitchen or bath, both for the impact on the space from which the compo- nents are being removed and the preservation of the parts and pieces to be reused. One example of a business that provides a deconstruction service is Big Reuse in Brooklyn, NY (http://www., accepting products and materials as a donation in the greater Brooklyn area. Green Demolitions (https://greendemolitions. com/) is a national business, known for recycling and selling of luxury kitchens and renovation items. It is the parent company to Kitchen Trader (, a service by which the current owners can sell and ship di- rectly to the new owners, and Renovation Angel, (, a business in which the current owners donate their kitchens or other items, receiving a full tax deduction, and the net profit from the sale goes to charity. Included in the process is an inspection of the items to be reclaimed, to confirm their qual- ity and condition, and to generate drawings if none exist. The benefit to the current owner and the designer of the space from which the kitchen is being removed is obvious: a white-glove, insured removal and shipping and a reduction in deconstruction debris removal costs. The question here is 'what are the pros and cons?' Additionally, let's look at some design tips for the designer on the receiving end of this process. PROS, CONS & DESIGN TIPS When the budget is small and the wish list is huge, being able to incorporate recycled cabine- try or fixtures or appliances at a fraction of their retail price can make the impossible possible. Appliance savings can be spent on the desired cabinetry or a reclaimed section of cabinetry can make that desired refrigerator a reality. With that in mind, here are some things you'll want to consider to ensure a good experience and a good design. 1. Work with a reliable company for the purchase and delivery of the reclaimed items. A full inspection and disclosure of any signs of previous use should be an essential step in the process. 2. Select a package with more re- claimed items than your new space will need, so that there will be extra parts to adjust the fit to your space. 3. Obtain drawings and/or a listing of the exact specifications of the products you are purchasing, and make sure that you have what is needed for the space to work. 4. Obtain any model and serial num- bers for fixtures and appliances and use this information to confirm the specifications of the purchase. 5. Consider using just one piece of the reclaimed items as a focal point. 6. Consider using just one section of the cabinetry and add new elements to com- plete the space. Use wall and/or tall cabinets from the reclaimed collection and complete the space with new, usually contrasting base cabinetry and other parts and pieces. 7. Another good destination for re- claimed cabinetry is the island. 8. Consider using only the reclaimed base cabinets and open shelves, in galvanized steel or other metals, or in a contrasting color and finish for the wall storage. 9. Consider taking the cabinetry apart and using the doors or interior acces- sories to complete your new space. 10. Salvaged wood reclaimed from barns or outdoor spaces can add texture and depth, often on the wall to define an area within the space, or on the ceil- ing to add depth and texture. 11. New toe kick finishes and new hard- ware can help unify the combined new and reused cabinetry. 12. Depending on the material, reclaimed count- ers can be recut to fit a new space and design. The repurposing of salvaged components of kitchens and sometimes of baths can be prof- itable if we apply our skills to combining new and old in our designs. ▪ " When the budget is small and the wish list is huge, being able to incorporate recycled cabinetry or fixtures or appliances at a fraction of their retail price can make the impossible possible." Read past columns and features and send us your comments about this article and others at Salvaged Splendor Enhances Designs MARY JO PETERSON, CMKBD, CAPS, CLIPP 28 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2018 PLANNING & DESIGN

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