Local contractor Dan Jovick is taking repurposing to a whole new level by dismantling a 1970s-era Ashland home and using the salvaged material in a new home on the same site.
"I've surprised myself with how much we've been able to put back in," said Jovick, owner of Talent-based Jovick Construction LLC.
The project started in March 2012 and will likely be complete in time for the homeowners to move in this March, he said.
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Dismantling and reusing the 1970s home added only about a month to the one-year project, Jovick estimated.
With four to five skilled carpenters working to take apart the house, the task went quickly, he said.
"Instead of paying money to send material to the dump and paying for gas to get it there, this put more money in the hands of carpenters," said Jovick, who is the general contractor for the job. "It's job creating."
With work ongoing on the new house — which was designed by Ashland architect Carlos Delgado — the carpenters have neatly sorted and stacked piles of vintage lumber in the home's open-concept living room.
Occasionally the sound of a table saw broke out as a carpenter selected a piece of wood, then trimmed it to make it the right size for a new use.
With its attractive grain and knots, the wood is being reused in a variety of ways, including for framing, siding and stairway construction.
Jovick said, "Every piece, we're like, 'Wow! Look at this one!"
Wood that was hidden away as framing for the 1970s house is so appealing that it can be used for finish lumber, he said.
Builders would have to pay high prices for the tightly grained, premium wood used in the old home, he said.
The new home showcases not only repurposed wood, but a host of ecoconscious features.
"Gray water" from showers and laundry will be captured and used on landscaping outside, light-emitting diode lightbulbs cast surprisingly warm and strong light and the home has state-of-the-art heating, cooling and insulation systems.
The home is so efficient that it's being featured as one of six houses in the Northwest by the Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes program, a regional initiative to promote energy-efficient home construction based on federal Environmental Protection Agency guidelines, according to Neil Grigsby, a representative with the program.
Grigsby said the Ashland home captures the patina and charm of reclaimed materials, while embracing the comfort and energy efficiency of leading-edge technologies.
While the home may be a standout now, Jovick said he thinks all builders will eventually have to comply with increasingly more ecoconscious standards in codes.
He said those in the construction industry who are doing green work have stayed busy, despite the construction downturn of the past several years.
Those people are ahead of the curve when it comes to learning the skills that everyone in the industry will eventually need to have, Jovick said.
He said the work now being done on the Ashland home will pay off with quality construction and years of energy efficiency for the homeowners.
"All this stuff we're doing is common sense," Jovick said. "Once you educate yourself and your clients, it's hard to go back."
Staff reporter Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-479-8199 or firstname.lastname@example.org.