Deconstructing home renovation

Homeowners save on cost, waste using recycled materials

A few years ago, some friends of ours purchased an older home from a widow who no longer could maintain the house and the more than two dozen fruit trees that rested on its sunny, western-facing lot.

While the couple’s residence was far nicer and newer than the widow’s 1960s rambler, they loved the garden and orchard. They also one day dreamed of building a home from scratch, exactly how they wanted it, with the latest in energy-efficient building materials and appliances.