Deconstruction – Part 2

I posted a Deconstruction blog entry back on July 28th where I discussed how we took apart our former house for recycling and reuse versus just bulldozing it.

A question that I get asked is “how much does it cost to deconstruct versus demolish?”  I’ve got the answer.  Our house was roughly a 1450 square foot brick house.  Typically to demo a house that size it costs about $5,000, and it’s about a week process to set up, demo, clean up (although it can be done more quickly than that).  Ours took about 3 weeks, and here’s the reconciliation:

Cost – $15,000

  • Received from selling the brick – $1200
  • Received from selling the metal – $300
  • Received from selling items on Craigs List (details? see my 7/28 blog entry) – $2,000
  • Cost avoidance for mulch that we’re creating from the bare wood in the house – $1,500

Actual net cost – $10,000

So about twice as expensive, but not outrageously so.  The income from recycling the metal could have been more (and we’re still looking into it), but we didn’t separate our metal prior to sending it to be recycled (note to self: separate your metals before sending for recycling!).

What reaction do you have?  Still too expensive?  Worth it or not?

September 8th, 2008 7:01 pm

i think the pluses to what you are doing far outweigh the costs, especially when considering the scope of the project as a whole.
so, do you think you can get a group together to help you with a metal separating party? the proceeds of the metal recycling…goes to a local charity?

September 8th, 2008 8:42 pm

That would be a great idea! Although a huge part of me would rather reduce the amount of the deconstruction cost! We still have about 400+ linear feet of chain link fence to tear out and recycle. Fortunately it’s all one type of metal!

September 9th, 2008 9:58 am

can’t say that i blame you for wanting to reduce costs where you can. Green and affordability aren’t two words that can really go together, yet.
plus, i personally don’t know a handful of people that i could convince to come over to do manual labor for a cause (i’m afraid that includes me)

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