Materials: Deconstruct, reuse and recycle

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​Deconstruct

Older urban homes have an abundance of high quality finishes in them. We do not tear everything out and throw it in a landfill for expedience.  We respect respect and honor the character of these homes by carefully deconstructing them first.  At 311 Varnum, we removed, cleaned, stored and reused many items including:​

Interior doors

Door and window and base trim

>  Interior door hardware including handles, mortise locks, decorative plates, hinges and keys

>  Vintage claw foot tub

>  Vintage wall lavatory sink

>  Vintage towel rods

​​>  Framing lumber including studs, 2x6, 2x8, 2x10 and larger

>  Flooring

Non vintage lighting

Dishwasher

 

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​Reuse

​We believe strongly in reuse...click on each image for details of how the item was reused/repurposed/salvaged/reclaimed at 311 Varnum...

 

 

​And if the above were not enough...

>  Framing: over 99% of the original roof structure is original, as are the floor joists.  

Framing: the 1970 rear porch addition structure was kept in total.  Interestingly, it was built of steel.

Recycle

Although we have an eye for reuse, not everything has a new place in a renovation.  All other still useful goods were donated to Community Forklift.  These materials included:

>  Washer, dryer, stove, radiators, furnace, trim, capitals, and lighting fixtures

Other items we gave away to the Petworth community included:

>  Lighting, dishwasher, vintage trim and capitals, household items, pictures and frames

Vintage bath fixtures
Vintage bath fixtures

The prior owner resurfaced the vintage tile, tub and sink...and we kept them too!

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I-beam
I-beam

The rear was at one time a typical sleeping porch. In the early 70's the home was expanded and enclosed. Whoever did the enclosure liked steel...this is one of several steel I's supporting the rear and it looks cool with just a coat of polyurethane.

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Original brick column
Original brick column
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Original windows in the basement
Original windows in the basement

The original exterior windows are still in place, and provide some interest and some light to the interior of the basement.

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Original brick rear facade
Original brick rear facade

The original brick exterior is alive and well on the inside of this home...reused as ways to get natural light deep into the interior of the home.

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Vinatge door handles
Vinatge door handles

We reuse the original handles and strikes wherever possible...so much more interesting and beautiful than new.

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Vintage doors
Vintage doors

We reuse vintage doors where possible. Many of these doors were damaged or already painted, so they received a coat of paint from us too.

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Reclaimed flooring
Reclaimed flooring

Reclaimed oak flooring was installed in the dining and master bedroom.

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Newell post
Newell post

Vintage newell posts never go out of style.

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Vintage iron railing
Vintage iron railing

With one new support, this railing became as good as new.

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We keep and repair original transoms
We keep and repair original transoms
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Original claw tub looks fabulous
Original claw tub looks fabulous
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Original lavatory sink
Original lavatory sink

Complete with new handles look like a million bucks!

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Original floor
Original floor

This beautiful parquet floor is original...and gorgeous.

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Stone
Stone

All DC has these low stone walls...we're lucky ours was in such good shape!

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