NOTE: Thanks to all the attendees of our first Sledge charity auction; Requiem: the work of Jim Barger. We beat our goals!


We will be contacting the winners this week with all the details.


It was great to see everyone and to share this amazing work! Thank you for stopping by and supporting the Engedi Refuge. Also, we hope we shared with you all the many potential uses for the old-growth reclaimed material we salvaged from the 1520 Beacon Hill home; from the custom made guardrails, window sills, & interior wall cladding, to the furniture & art.


Old homes are not trash, they are goldmines, if we only choose to value them!





(61 5/8" by 36 1/4")

Tombstone Portal

(34" by 44")

Shingler's Quilt

(29 1/4" by 26 1/2")


(46 1/4" by 37 1/2")

Ike's Talley

(47" by 13")


(32 3/4" by 28 3/4")

Brace Yourself

(79" by 34 1/8" & 29 3/4" High)

Black Tie Affair

(Console Table)


(15 5/8" by 61 1/2")

Iron Island

(47 3/4" by 19" & 14 1/2" High)


(33" by 17" & 15" High)

Thing 1 and Thing 2

(14 1/2" by 33 1/2" & 13" by 33 3/4") 

Available separately


(27 3/4" by 48 3/4")

Toady Pies

(both: 19 1/4" by 4 1/4")

Available separately


(50" by 21" & 15 1/2" High)

Architectural Features

Powder Room Accent Wall

Custom Guardrail

Entry Guardrail


Decorative Ceiling & Light Fixture

Kitchen Island Surround

Window Sills

Credits: Photos of Jim Barger's artwork, furniture, architectural finishes, & graphics by Leo Lam & his support team. This blog, and all the other photos, by John Benavente.

1520 Beacon Hill House Deconstruction Blog

Where do houses go when they die?

A blog about the life of homes

We finally updated and finished the deconstruction part of our blog! I put the posts in chronological order from start to finish.

Stay tuned for part two where we will see how and where these beautiful materials live on.


Welcome to this blog documenting our first deconstruction project. Our goal is to identify, salvage, and reuse as much of a house as possible. And to salvage materials and divert them from landfill. We want to repurpose these materials and provide new uses. 

How much of a house can be salvaged? How many source materials are useable in new applications? Is there a market for these materials? Residential building construction accounts for 30% or more of landfill material in Washington State. There is an incredible amount of useable, high quality material which is often wasted when a home is simply demolished and sent to landfill. At the same cost of traditional demolition and a few weeks time, deconstruction results in almost 100% of valuable materials which can be salvaged for reuse or recycled. 

Deconstruction reduces the environmental impacts by reducing transportation and air pollution as well as the need for new materials. 

Reuse also extends the embodied energy of the material. It continues a story. From that tree or silicon, to the extraction and sawmill, to the manufacturing, shipping, and installation, these materials are very valuable and do not need to be thrown away.


Houses, in this scenario, never die.