When renovating an existing space for an incoming business, contractors have two options: to gut and scrap the current interior or to repurpose materials left behind by the previous business.The second option is often more eco-friendly, cost effective and eye catching. In some cases, it can even unmask architectural elements that have been concealed for years.
“Over 40 percent of our landfills are filled with construction and demolition debris, and as we fill those up, trucks have to drive even further to dump material,” says Carla Therese Bruni, marketing and operations manager for Evanston ReBuilding Warehouse, an Illinois non-profit that sells reclaimed building materials. “We also pay in lost history and a loss of character.”
In these slides, uncover tips from contractors whose unique renovations gave old business spaces new life.