Of all the questions we get asked, perhaps the one most frequently posed is, “so, what do you guys do with all that stuff?” When you deconstruct a house, you’re left with a pile of materials that is essentially the same size as that house, if slightly consolidated. Our job doesn’t end when the house is fully deconstructed; we’ve still gotta figure out what to do with literally tons upon tons of salvaged building materials.
Fortunately for you, there’s now a convenient outlet for these materials! That outlet is Brick + Board. When a century old Baltimore rowhouse reaches the end of the line, its bones deserve to live on, and we take pride in harvesting, preserving and preparing these materials for their next hundred years of life.
If you’re a friend of this blog, you’ve heard us rave about the superior quality of Baltimore bricks and the incomparable beauty of 130 year-old lumber. You may have thought to yourself, “hooooooweee I’d like to get my hands on some of that!”
We’re happy to announce that now you can! Details Deconstruction is spinning out a new social enterprise focusing on the materials we salvage, the stories they tell, and the work we do to prepare these materials for their next lives.
Brick + Board will be marketplace for reclaimed bricks, lumber, flooring, architectural details and more, but it will also be a training program: using the bounty of raw material that we harvest in Baltimore and beyond, we’re excited to start training folks in basic carpentry, woodworking, and milling. Our plan is to bring skilled industrial work back into the heart of Baltimore.
The materials we salvage were milled, molded, and installed in Baltimore by Baltimoreans. Now, a century later, a new group of Baltimoreans is reclaiming these materials, brick by brick.