"Whatever comes back to the store is available for sale," said Terry St. Germain, Habitat's donation coordinator. "The proceeds from what is sold there go toward building new homes."
People will be amazed at the valuable materials they can find in houses and other buildings, said Ted Reiff, president of The ReUse People of America.
"What it costs to build that mantle today none of us can afford," Reiff said about the house the company currently is deconstructing.
Halstead said her company is using the house in Hurricane as a training project, because its owner wasn't interested in applying for tax donations. Therefore, they have no budget and only had four days to take what they could. Normally, to get everything reusable from a house the same size, she said, it would take about four weeks.
The company's next projects in the area will be in Kanawha City and Ansted, she said.
Besides the benefits deconstruction has on the environment, she said, people would enjoy the sentimental and historical value of the antique parts.
"We want to show how beautiful reclaimed materials can be in new homes," she said. "We have a hope that more homes in West Virginia will start using reclaimed materials."
Dale Oxley, owner of Modern Home Concepts in Hurricane, is the contractor helping perform the deconstruction. He will be this region's first certified deconstruction contractor.
"I grew up in this area, and this is all about doing the right thing," Oxley said. "When I was young, the Sycamore landfill was just opening but, in a few years, it will be the highest vantage point in Putnam County."
Oxley said he's adjusting to the process of taking things apart rather than putting them together as a contractor.
"I put things together all the time," he said, "but this is basically running the tape backwards."
Some of WVGreenWorks' goals are to educate the public -- and state legislators -- on what environmentally friendly options are available, Halstead said.
"The idea is to train as many people as possible from around the state so we can get the work done, and divert materials from landfills," she said.
Halstead said the country's landfills are bursting at the seams.
"We have overburdened landfills, and construction debris accounts for a huge amount of stuff. Unless you're living around a landfill, you probably don't really know how bad it is," she said. "We're a throw-away society -- we throw everything away. The business of deconstruction, to me, offers a solution for that."
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