A vacant single-family home on 11th Avenue will soon be demolished to make way for new development. Much of it, from the front door to the basement floorboards, will find second life in homes throughout the Helena Valley. They had hoped to relocate the entire structure, but since that wasn’t feasible, Habitat decided to recycle what was still inside. Habitat for Humanity crew are disassembling the house piece by piece, salvaging the vast majority for sale in the nonprofit’s home improvement store instead of sending it to the dump.  They worked quickly to tear up carpet, pull out cabinets, sinks and appliances. They also eyed windows and smaller items made of metal or copper.

Habitat’s Deconstruction Program enables homeowners to offset the costs of their remodeling or scraping project. Habitat works with homeowners, businesses, and the construction and home improvement industry to identify materials and items suitable for reuse. Then, their Deconstruction team carefully removes the donation items from residences and businesses for donation to Habitat’s ReStore Home Improvement Outlets.

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price.  Habitat for Humanity ReStores are proudly owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build homes, community, and hope locally and around the world.

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