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Artroom Expansion Recycling

One of the things I like to keep my eye on is the possibility of recycling and reusing things on various projects. One, is that I am lazy and anything I can do to minimize the amount of trash and garbage generated on a project is that much less to clean up and throw away. I read or saw a statistic recently that new construction wastes between 20-30% of materials delivered on a site. When I was a full time drywaller, I saw that every day.

Two, is thinking about using materials in the most efficient manner, so as to get the most out of it. I hate tossing things out, which is why I have an enormous collection of odd bits of things that don't work in old locations. 

Three, is saving time by not having to run around for materials to build things, and saving money by not buying new, when used will work.

The Artroom Expansion did use a lot of new material, being new construction, but there was very little scrap as I did a little planning. I was also lucky in having a client who felt the same.

This was the 'original' cabinet and counter assembly in the artroom. I emphasize original as the client got the cabinets from another project, so they are already second generation. 
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So what did we do? The countertop became the backing for the glass cutter.
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The trim around the old counter became the trim for the new counter.
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The cabinets got moved and mounted on the wall.
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The artroom sink got a solid surface shelf for the new window courtesy of the bathroom remodel project.

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In the expansion, the counter for the sink is a reused counter.

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The FRP sink sidewalls are the remains of a project for the clients husband. The cap on the top of the sidewall as well as the splash below the window are also from one of the bath remodel projects.

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Last but not least, are the windows that were in the original wall.

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