One of my favorite places in the world–my hometown of Brookings, SD–will soon have a new Habitat for Humanity Restore warehouse. Sustainable-building-minded South Dakotans in the east central region of the state will now have two places to pick up recycled housing materials: the ReStore in Sioux Falls and the new one in Brookings.
ReStore provides a win-win-win situation for everyone. Builders can find recycled materials at reduced cost, materials are kept out of the landfill, and money raised by ReStore funds future Habitat homes.
Cory and I had hoped to get a few things at the Sioux Falls ReStore when our house was built. Unfortunately, we just didn’t have the time to sort through their materials (something you’ll need to keep in mind and budget into your timeframe). By the time our house was at the stage when we needed to pick up things like doors, it was the dead of winter, Cory was in the middle of the busiest time of the teaching/speech-activities-coaching year (out of the house by 6:00 a.m., not home until 7:00 or 8:00 p.m.), I was traveling to Brookings a few days each week for work, and I was eight months pregnant. However, when we get around to that strawbale greenhouse I’m so keen on, we’ll definitely hit ReStore for doors and windows.
While you’re at it, take a look at Habitat’s Construction and Environmental Resources pages for some great information on sustainable building.