The Art of Demolition | Why Trash when you can Upcycle?
When it comes to homebuilding or renovating, the process often begins with demolition. So, when I hear the word ‘demolition,’ I have visions of Ty Pennington, a team of volunteers, and an excavator, smashing through the roof of a house, bringing with it, total destruction. But, as a builder who must demolish properties time and time again, I choose to work with Matthew Cromwell, owner of M3C Demolition and The Art of Demolition, a retail brick & mortar store, located at 390 Keele Street, in The Junction, that sells not only vintage products, but artefacts retrieved from demolitions, and upcycled and repurposed items from his demolition adventures.
That’s right, from salvage to the shop floor! Matthew’s team, in their own woodworking shop, will repurpose wood beams, floors, even lath from in the wall, into just about anything that can be envisioned from their foraged materials. This is one of the perks of using companies like Buxton Water’s hydrodemolition contractors for demolition contracts. Supporting structures and beams can be preserved, whilst concrete and brick can be demolished. Hydrodemolition is perhaps the least destructive method of demolition, which is great news for upcycling stores!
I agree with Matthew about how great it feels to give back to the homeowner, a beautiful wood table, coffee table, or some other upcycled product that we can deliver to them. “ Each item has a history and a story” that’s worth preserving, says Cromwell.
…Matthew’s team, in their own woodworking shop, will repurpose wood beams, floors, even lath from in the wall, into just about anything that can be envisioned from their foraged materials
As a builder, I like going that extra mile by having Cromwell carefully demolish my projects, especially as it allows me to ‘give back’ to the new homeowners. As we sat and talked shop, I had to ask him, “Why do you do what you do?” Cromwell replied, “it all started with my mother, we’d be driving along the road, and she’d stop and direct my brother and I to get out and grab that street-side dresser; it used to be so embarrassing.”
Today, Cromwell states, “I wake up each day, wondering what I’m going to find, every day is an exciting adventure.”
…It all started with my mother, we’d be driving along the road, and she’d stop and direct my brother and I to get out and grab that street-side dresser; it used to be so embarrassing
Amongst all the great objects found, I asked, “Is there one that stands out from the rest?” He replied, “We recently found a 14K gold pocket watch, wedged behind an old coat rack that must have been there for a long time.” What a great rush the homeowners must have felt, and a great story for them to tell.
As a local builder, its not just hammers and nails. Sometimes, we have the opportunity to truly play a role in preservation instead of just replacement. Recycling, upcycling and repurposing has never been more exciting. Plus, you just never know what you might find in them walls.