Unbuilding: Salvaging the Architectural Treasures of Unwanted Houses

Unbuilding: Salvaging the Architectural Treasures of Unwanted Houses

by Brad Guy, Robert H. Falk


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The country's two leading expert advocates for salvaging parts of unwanted houses rather than demolishing them explain the "green" art of unbuilding (or deconstruction) and take the reader on a fascinating tour of the process. This is the first and only book that addresses this growing trend.Contains fascinating details on construction techniques for houses both ancient and of more contemporary vintage and methods used to determine their value or salvagability. Covers a variety of projects, from simply dismantling a wall to completely unbuilding an entire house safely, while saving the reusable parts and pieces for another building or for another purpose - including sales. It is satisfying, fun and economical to reuse old building materials both for their original purpose or for decorative purposes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781561588251
Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/20/2007
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Director of Operations of the HamerCenter of the Penn State School of Architecture and LandscapeArchitecture. He was previously Associate Director of the Powell Center for Construction and Environment at theUniversityof Florida

is supervisory research engineer at the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin, involved in the evaluation of engineering properties of reclaimed timber. He has a PhD in civil engineering from Washington State University. Falk is a ground-breaking researcher in the recycling and reuse of building materials and has published articles in a variety of engineering and forest products journals as well as in Fine Homebuilding magazine. He is a participant in numerous organizations including:

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