Shannon Quimby, as far as I can tell, is the first to successfully reuse 100% of an old dilapidated home in a new home construction project. The REX House, or Reuse Everything eXperiment, is located at 2030 SE Rex Street in Portland, Oregon and Shannon has been documenting the entire process since December 2007. What she’s doing is quite difficult, especially if/when you’re deconstructing a house that has toxic materials, lead, asbestos, and other damaged parts. But that’s the goal of the project: to share with everyone how to recycle and keep landfills from overflowing with useable construction materials.
The REX House will marry the new with the old. And there was plenty of old: windows, doors, water heater, dry wall, wall paneling, parquet flooring, lath and plaster, foundation, etc. Over nine days, the old home was deconstructed and the parts separated and stored in two portable containers.
While clicking around on the REX House website, you may notice a reoccurring theme — reusing materials in a smart way can actually save you money. We’re talking about sheer thrift, but a lot of people need to be reminded that things don’t have to go to the landfill.
The REX Home will be featured with other homes during the Build It Green! Tour of Homes on September 20, 2008. Check it out.