Home renovations tend to require a substantial chunk of change, and kitchens are usually where a good deal of the dough is dropped. The good news for tri-state area residents is that there are massive cost savings available for those willing to buy kitchen components salvaged from other people’s homes. Green Demolitions is a 43,000-square-foot warehouse in Fairfield, New Jersey that caters to homeowners with high-end dreams but tight budgets. Shoppers can peruse through a bevy of kitchen goods at the store including cabinetry, lighting, uncut granite slabs, and appliances. Because the majority of the pieces are secondhand, the prices are up to 90 percent off of original retail costs.
Salvaging home goods during renovations isn’t a new business, but there are surprisingly few places that offer recycled luxury kitchen components. Founder Steve Feldman explains how the pieces all come together. “We get a phone call from an architect, or agent saying ‘my client is renovating a home.’ We talk to them about saving on full tax deduction and they’ll get free removal and packing worth $5,000,” he explains. The company averages 10 to 12 removals a week, and once the goods get to his warehouse, they’re available for sale to the public for deep discounts.
This means a lucky homeowner can score $200,000 worth of kitchen appliances and fittings for under $10,000, making it possible to get the kitchen of their dreams, or perhaps beyond them, well within a modest renovation budget. Although most of the items for sale had a past life in someone else’s kitchen, they are gently used and checked out before going up or sale. Some of the items, though, have never been used and even have the original protective plastic on them, according to Christine Gilhooley, Director of Luxury Goods.
Via CBS Local