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Demo2Design: Turning Trash into Treasure

By Sam Dickinson Jul 30, 2013 - Reduce & Reuse

Twenty-three years later, she continues to practice this philosophy by taking deconstructed building materials, such as doors, windows, flooring, and plumbing and lighting fixtures and selling them at very reasonable prices.  Rather than allowing these architectural materials to end up in a landfill, she rescues them and sells them as "new" or "vintage" items at her store.  She personally deconstructs, transports, and sells these materials and also accepts them on consignment.

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Want to build something out of reused materials?  Carol has recently collaborated with Santa Barbara City College's Construction Academy to create "Custom Casita" kits.  These small structures are permit exempt and can be up to 120 square feet.  They are built with 85 percent reclaimed materials, such as doors, windows, and flooring and are assembled with screws by Construction Academy students.  They make great backyard additions and can be used as tea houses, greenhouses, or as storage space.  Once the Custom Casita is constructed from a customer's selected materials, it is disassembled into labeled pieces and sold as a kit.

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Carol urges you to incorporate reuse into your life by supporting Demo2Design.  Demo2Design is located at 728 Union Avenue in Santa Barbara.  Visitors are welcome on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and most afternoons on Monday through Friday (please call first).  For more information, please call (805) 886-6865 or visit Demo2Design's website: