“Building with Secondhand Stuff” by Chris Peterson

“Building with Secondhand Stuff” by Chris Peterson c.2011, Creative Publishing International $19.99 / $21.99 Canada 144 pages By TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Nobody needs to remind you that money’s tight. Still, you’ve been dreaming of a new look around your home, an addition or a total remodel, and that’s dangerous territory. You know from experience that one idea leads to another, which leads to another and pretty soon, you’re deep in sawdust and debt. So how can you get a new look – or a new shed, garage, outbuilding, or playhouse for the kids – for cheap or for free?  Start with the ideas in “Building with Secondhand Stuff” by Chris Peterson. Even in a down economy, construction of new buildings continues to happen while old buildings are demolished and carted off to a landfill. That’s a lot of waste, says Peterson, which can be “a fantastic opportunity” for homeowners. It doesn’t take much imagination to realize that reclaiming and repurposing old or cast-off building materials is sustainable and environmentally friendly. The bonus to reusing is that materials you find may be of higher quality than what’s in stores. Plus, learning to deconstruct and reuse can be a fun challenge. First, though, you’ll need to ask permission before taking (if it’s a construction site) or find a regular source, such as a salvage or demolition company or look at flea markets....

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