Posted: December 10, 2013 by lisagrace in Uncategorized
This is Lee Powels. He’s from Detroit and is practically married with 3 little girls. Since his graduation from Barons Academy, he worked mostly as a chef at the Henry Ford Museum and at Cobo. Unfortunately, like a lot of us, he found himself unemployed. Fortunately, for us, he found his way to Reclaim through Detroit’s Greenworks Solutions. He took classes for 12 weeks which required a good deal of determination, but he made it. Now he is a full-time Reclaim Detroit employee. “It was a step toward my future success, which is working with reclaimed wood. Now I am doing what I love to do and making a difference.”
Lee likes working in the mill. He is excelling at creating the wonderful products that we have for sale. He is a quick learner and plows steadily though piles of salvaged materials, never sitting down, even during his lunch break. We greatly appreciate Lee’s efforts and plan to make sure that he receives further training, so that his families future is secure, cause he sure dotes on those three girls:) And aren’t they lucky to have such a hard working father for a role model.
You can help. Purchase a product handcrafted by Lee. The proceeds go right back into trainings, equipment, and supplies. Visit http://reclaim-detroit.myshopify.com/ today!!
Everyone needs one. A perfect simple little cutting board that will look stunning on your bar top. Ideal for creating garnishes, chopping garlic or dicing an onion this antique beem slice will last for years and years.
Posted: December 6, 2013 by lisagrace in Uncategorized
Tags: Blight, deconstruction, detroit, Reclaim Detroit, salvaged materials, unique gifts
Give a gift that benefits an entire community. A gift that creates jobs, reduces blight and saves thousands of tons of materials from landfills…a Reclaim Detroit Tea Light Holder!!! They are handcrafted in our millshop and beautiful, too.
And remember to share this post, you can help spread the word!
Posted: December 3, 2013 by lisagrace in Uncategorized
Ok!!! here you go…a link to our brand new on-line store. Now you can purchase a handcrafted End Grain Cutting Board made from wood deconstructed from Detroit homes! One for your favorite chef, one for you snow bird parents and remember to buy one for yourself, so that you can share your passion for Detroit with your friends and family. Enjoy!
Posted: November 29, 2013 by lisagrace in Uncategorized
Tags: abandoned homes, Blight, deconstruction, detroit, End Grain Cutting Boards, Reclaim, Reclaim Detroit
Reclaim Detroit will be launching 3 new products for the holidays. A nifty “Reclaim, Pick Yourself Up Off the Floorboard” wine stand. A redesigned “Reclaim, Chop off the Old Block” cutting board. And the “Reclaim, Cadillac Square” candle holders.
You’ll be able to start shopping on Black Friday. Come back and get your favorite Detroit lover the best gift ever, a beautiful piece of Detroit’s history.
Posted: November 20, 2013 by lisagrace in Uncategorized
Tags: abandoned homes, Blight, blight in Detroit, custom, deconstruction, detroit, Detroit holiday gifts, Detroit theme products, Reclaim, Reclaim Detroit, Reclaimed Materials
City view….from some beautifully made picnic benches made out of Reclaimed wood.
Posted: November 13, 2013 by lisagrace in Uncategorized
Did you watch Anthony Bourdain‘s, Parts Unknown yet? You may not agree with everything said but we thought he’s making blight removal a front and center conversation. Reclaim Detroit is working hard to make sure we are at the table when these conversations take place. You can do your part and help us spread the word. Tell folks that deconstruction can work hand in hand with demolition and that some of Detroit’s heritage deserves to be saved!
Posted: November 12, 2013 by lisagrace in Uncategorized
Tags: Anthony Bourdain Detroit, blight in Detroit, jobs in Detroit, ruin porn
1. The homes we deconstruct could be made livable for those who need housing at affordable prices. Rehab for these homes is out of the question, by the time they get to us they are too far gone.
2. Reclaim Detroit should be deconstructing all the abandoned homes in Detroit. We take the safety of our crews very seriously. We will not put them in harms way by sending them into unsafe structures. Many of the structures waiting to be demolished are fire damaged, have serious structural damage, or are unsafe because of prolonged exposure to the elements.
3. Deconstruction costs to much. Yes, deconstruction costs a bit more than standard demolition, however, we are working on ways to reduce costs and we feel that the social benefits; job creation, saving materials from landfills and material reuse, are worth the extra cost.
4. Deconstruction takes to long. Deconstruction takes a few days longer than demolition, that’s only common sense, but we are refining our techniques with each project and we get faster and faster all the time.
5. Deconstruction is demolition. No, deconstruction is the process of systematically dismantling a structure with the intent to recover the maximum amount of materials for the highest and best re-use. Deconstruction offers many benefits over standard demolition and while the process is different the end result is the same, leaving a clean, vacant site ready for development.
Posted: October 14, 2013 by lisagrace in Uncategorized
Tags: abandoned homes, Blight, deconstruction, demolition, detroit, salvaged materials, WARM Training Center
DEMOLITION AND DECONSTRUCTION IN DETROIT
Please read this article and help us bring a louder voice to the discussion…deconstruction needs to be part of any plan involving the removal of blight from the city of Detroit!!!
Posted: October 10, 2013 by lisagrace in Uncategorized
Tags: abandoned homes, Blight, detroit, salvaged materials