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Weekend Flash Sale – Courtyard Clearance

Posted by on Feb 23, 2018 in Billboard, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales | 0 comments

Weekend Flash Sale – Courtyard Clearance

Visit Community Forklift this Saturday and Sunday, February 24 and 25, 2018 for

Courtyard Clearance:  

Save 25%

Take 25% off blue and orange price tags of courtyard items, including cast iron sinks, vintage and clawfoot bathtubs, granite & marble counters, wrought iron, security doors, window bars, and more.

Masonry and bricks rarely go on sale – but yes, they’re included in the Courtyard Clearance!

Please note: The sale does not include lumber or items inside the store, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed online. Flash sales may not be combined with other sales or promotions. Items with missing or damaged price tags may not be sold.

And Tile is still 40% off!

The weeklong flash sale on tile is still running through the end of Sunday.

Please note: Sale does not include loose (unbundled) tile, ceiling tile, boxes and bundles that have been ripped open, select specialty items, carpet, wood, or other types of flooring, or bundles with missing or damaged price tags.  May not be combined with other sales.

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If you haven’t already, please vote and tell your friends!

City Paper readers have awarded us a “Best of DC” title every year since 2010! And every year, it means valuable free publicity for our nonprofit program. As more homeowners & contractors learn about us, more of them will donate, more materials will be kept out of the landfill, more folks can afford repairs, we’ll be able to create more green jobs, and you’ll find even more amazing stuff here in the store!

JUST SCROLL DOWN TO “BEST GREEN BUSINESS” AND WRITE US IN!

Please note: Contest rules have changed slightly this year. You can vote only once, and you’ll need to log in through a Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn account. So if you have social media, it’s especially important that you vote and share!

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Community Forklift aims to turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by diverting landfill waste, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating green jobs. Every dollar you spend in our warehouse helps us lift up local communities through reuse.

Save the Date for our Annual Spring Garden Party!

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in Billboard, Blog, Community Happenings, Community Happenings, Events, Fundraising, Gardening, Green Living, News, Parties at Community Forklift | 0 comments

Save the Date for our Annual Spring Garden Party!

 

 Saturday, March 24

9am-3pm

at Community Forklift

 Our Annual Garden Party is a fun-filled event with a ton of landscaping and garden supplies; gardening demonstrations, experts, and vendors; activities for kids; live bands; and local food.  

The party starts with our highly anticipated tool sale…

Throughout the winter, we collect gently-used and surplus lawn & garden supplies as well as outdoor décor and furniture. Then, we put it all out for your shopping pleasure!  The sale begins at 9:00 am Saturday, but folks start lining up outside the gates even earlier, eager to dig through piles of flowerpots and shovels. (If you can’t get there in the morning, don’t worry – our staff continues to bring out items throughout the day.)

The Garden Sale is the Forklift’s biggest fundraiser each year. Proceeds support our work to create green jobs, reduce waste, educate the public about reuse, and provide free supplies to nonprofits and neighbors in need.

Note to early birds:  No lawn and garden supplies are out yet.  The Forklift will not have any garden items available until 9am on March 24. 

This year, the party starts when the gates open at 9am!

There will be prizes for people and pets dressed in garden party finery.

Photo by Carrie Delesky

So find yourself a dapper suit or fancy hat, and check out all the activities in store for you!

More partners and details are coming soon, but here’s what we can share right now:

 

Local Experts and Teachers

MOM’s Organic Market
Prince George’s County Master Gardener Program
Veteran Compost

Vendors

ECO City Farms will be here with seedlings, already sprouted and ready to go right into your garden.
Elements of Nature will be selling home-crafted teas and houseplants.
Hyattsville Horticulture Society will be selling vegetable, flower, and herb seeds, along with some helpful gardening books and used garden equipment.
The Colmar Manor Garden Club will be selling an additional variety of seedlings.
Capitol Hill Art League will be here with a gallery of their garden-themed artwork.

Photo by Carrie Delesky

 

Activities for All Ages

Win fun prizes and gift certificates:

  • Kids (and adults!) can track down trivia at the exhibitor tables to complete the Partner Passport.
  • Kids can also hunt down dinosaurs hidden in the warehouse for our Reuseosaur Scavenger Hunt.

Face painting– Rachel of Signs, Wonders and Gifts will turn your face into a work of art!
Strolling Magician– you won’t believe your eyes!

 

 

Live Music 

We’re still finalizing our music lineup, but Forklift Favorite The Vico Cycle is returning…

12pm-1pm: The Vico Cycle
The Vico Cycle is a group of like-minded musicians based in the Washington, DC metro area who have come together to blend rock, funk, blues, soul, & hip-hop into a lively fusion of raw sound.

 

 

Free Workshops

More titles and reservation details to come!

10:30am-11:30am: TBA
12:30pm-1:30pm: TBA
2:30pm-3:30pm: Living a Naturally Healthy Life with Herbs and Houseplants, presented by Linda Jones of Elements of Nature

Weather Permitting: Outdoor Pallet Creations, presented by Matt Menke of Community Forklift and Gary Barnhart of GL Barnhart Construction

 

And delicious local food from County Manners!

County Manners is brought to you by Chef Jeremy; a true “County Boy” at heart with deep roots in Southern Maryland. His passion for food was built on cooking fresh caught fish over a campfire on the Potomac River. He created a unique concept by combining traditions passed on to him by family and his years of experience as chefs.  Brisket, pork, and shrimp are his most popular sandwiches (menu subject to change with the seasons), and he’ll also have a vegetarian option available.  “I look forward to bringing you the best of what Southern Maryland has to offer.”
  

So invite your friends, and start planning your stylish garden party ensemble!

 

Weeklong Flash Sale – Tile!

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Antiques & Vintage, Billboard, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Weeklong Flash Sale – Tile!

This Tuesday through Sunday, February 20th to February 25th, 2018, we’re giving Forklift Fans

40% off tile!

Forklift Fans Marvin and Israel were all smiles over these tiles they picked up last weekend!

Kitchen or bathroom in need of a pop of color or texture? Come in anytime between Tuesday and Sunday with your measurements and shop our wide selection of glass and stone mosaic tile at almost half the Forklift price!

Three of the MANY tile lots we currently have in store

Please note: Some exclusions apply. Sale does not include loose (unbundled) tile; ceiling tile; boxes and bundles that have been ripped open; select specialty items; carpet, wood, or other types of flooring; or bundles with missing or damaged price tags. Flash sales do not include white tag items, items from our consignment partners, or online items.  May not be combined with other sales.

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AND IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY, PLEASE VOTE!

City Paper readers have awarded us a “Best of DC” title every year since 2010! And every year, it means valuable free publicity for our nonprofit program. As more homeowners & contractors learn about us, more of them will donate, more materials will be kept out of the landfill, more folks can afford repairs, we’ll be able to create more green jobs, and you’ll find even more amazing stuff here in the store!

JUST SCROLL DOWN TO “BEST GREEN BUSINESS” AND WRITE US IN!

Please note: Contest rules have changed slightly this year. You can vote only once, and you’ll need to log in through a Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn account. So if you have social media, it’s especially important that you vote and share!

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Community Forklift aims to turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by diverting landfill waste, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating green jobs. Every dollar you spend in our warehouse helps us lift up local communities through reuse.

President’s Day Weekend Sale!

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Holidays and Long Weekends, Sales | 0 comments

President’s Day Weekend Sale!

This Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (February 17th, 18th, and 19th, 2018), we’re having a

STOREWIDE SALE!

Almost everything in the warehouse is on sale. Take 25% off modern AND vintage items, including tile, furniture, appliances, windows, shutters, doors, mantels, sinks, light fixtures, architectural salvage, and much, much more!

Please note: Sale does not include lumber, masonry, select specialty items, items sold online, or items from our consignment partners.  Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold.  May not be combined with other sales. 

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AND DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!

City Paper readers have awarded us a “Best of DC” title every year since 2010! And every year, it means valuable free publicity for our nonprofit program. As more homeowners & contractors learn about us, more of them will donate, more materials will be kept out of the landfill, more folks can afford repairs, we’ll be able to create more green jobs, and you’ll find even more amazing stuff here in the store!

JUST SCROLL DOWN TO “BEST GREEN BUSINESS” AND WRITE US IN!

Please note: Contest rules have changed slightly this year. You can vote only once, and you’ll need to log in through a Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn account. So if you have social media, it’s especially important that you vote and share!

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Community Forklift aims to turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by diverting landfill waste, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating green jobs. Every dollar you spend in our warehouse helps us lift up local communities through reuse.

Meet Your Local Reuse Superstars!

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Blog, Customer Creations, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing, News, Reuse Contest | 0 comments

Every year, Community Forklift joins reuse centers across the country to participate in The ReUse People Of America’s National Reuse Contest. Anyone can enter by submitting a project to their local participating reuse store (that’s us!) in one of two categories: Construction & Remodeling, or Art & Furniture.  We’re waiting to find out which 2017 entrants won at Nationals, but in the meantime – check out Community Forklift’s local winners!

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Construction and Remodeling

From left to right: Holly Harper, Michael and Mary Ellen Tarquinio, Lori Steenhoek

1st Place – Holly Harper

2nd Place – Lori Steenhoek

3rd Place – Michael and Mary Ellen Tarquinio

Youth Award – Sabina Perry

Sabina Perry and her dad in front of her completed workstation.

Art and Furniture

From left to right: Blake Sloane, Samantha Williams, Daniel D’Eramo

1st Place – Blake Sloane

2nd Place – Daniel D’Eramo

3rd Place – Samantha Williams

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While we wait on the results of the 2017 National Reuse Contest, check out the entries of past Forklift winners here! The submission form for 2018 is not yet live, so check back later in the year if you have a project you might like to submit. They say that the greenest building material is anything that’s being reused…we urge you to consider using salvaged or surplus materials for your next home improvement or creative project, and be sure to document your progress with lots of photos along the way!

Construction and Remodeling – 1st Place

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Every year, Community Forklift joins reuse centers across the country to participate in The ReUse People Of America’s National Reuse Contest. Anyone can enter by submitting a project to their local participating reuse store (that’s us!) in one of two categories: Construction & Remodeling, or Art & Furniture.  We’re waiting to find out which 2017 entrants won at Nationals, but in the meantime – check out Community Forklift’s local winners!

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1st Place – Construction & Remodeling

Holly Harper

Cottage Oasis

When my spouse took a new job, he suddenly had spare time – and zero idea what he wanted to do with it. I had been thrifting and repurposing and Forklifting for ages, and I asked him to peruse Freecycle for something I was looking for. Suddenly he had more than a hobby – he was addicted, too. Our house is tiny, and filled to the brim, so we scraped the cash together to buy a tiny cottage as a short sale in Calvert County, Maryland, as an oasis, a hobby, and something we could share with our daughter. The tiny 750-Square-foot space is 65% finished (we started March 1).

Nearly everything is Forklift, thrift, Craigslist, Freecycle, or from generous neighbors on Capitol Hill. I’ve been trying to track progress on Instagram (@freecyclemagazine) and my blog.

Once we went under contract, my sketches and Pinterest board went into overdrive. Dan started collecting and scouring the listserv, alleys, and Craigslist. I went shopping at thrift and resale stores. When we closed, it was on. It’s my opportunity to try everything I ever wanted to with texture, color, materials, and it has been magical. And the adventure of DIY and reuse has been incredible.

Spouse is in charge of procurement and demolition, and I am in charge of construction and design. We have a good friend who can do almost everything, and he has donated dozens of hours to the cause in ensuring safety, plumbing, and electric. I have been learning as I go, making so, so, so, so many mistakes – but I am improving so much at hammering nails, tile work, and finding studs!

We have used approximately 80 percent salvaged materials and spent about $4,000 on the project so far (about $5 per square foot). We have one bathroom to finish (all the tile is in the shed, all from Community Forklift. It will be my 2018 entry!).

Essentially, this is a project that is about the process as much as it is about the finished work. We have a space to enjoy in solitude or together. We have hobbies that suit us – productive and interesting. We are a short walk to the Chesapeake for our doggie to run and our 5-year-old to hunt seashells and splash around. And teaching our daughter to use the nail gun or paint a wall or pick out the Phillips screwdriver from the toolbox is so much fun. She will be the next DIY addict in the family, for sure!

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We are still waiting to hear who the 2017 national winners are, but you can see the entries of past Forklift winners here! The submission form for 2018 is not yet live, so check back later in the year if you have a project you might like to submit. They say that the greenest building material is anything that’s being reused. We urge you to consider using salvaged or surplus materials for your next home improvement or creative project, and make sure you document your progress with lots of photos along the way!

Construction and Remodeling – 2nd Place

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Every year, Community Forklift joins reuse centers across the country to participate in The ReUse People Of America’s National Reuse Contest. Anyone can enter by submitting a project to their local participating reuse store (that’s us!) in one of two categories: Construction & Remodeling, or Art & Furniture.  We’re waiting to find out which 2017 entrants won at Nationals, but in the meantime – check out Community Forklift’s local winners!

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2nd Place – Construction & Remodeling

Lori Steenhoek

The Pig Potty

I just love a good bathroom. I mean LOVE. I always take note of them; doesn’t matter if I’m at your house, a new restaurant, a highway-side gas station, or a hotel across the world. I always notice bathrooms.

The 1/2 bathroom in our DC row-house desperately needed a refresh. The walls were brown (come ON, for a bathroom??), the lighting was dim, and the tile floor was warped and dated.

I’m a 3D artist/renderer with a background in architecture and animation, so I spend a fair bit of my working days creating imagery and designs for my clients. I rarely get the right moment to create and design for myself, but this project idea kept nagging at me until I knew I needed to make it a reality.

I had been eyeing inspiration images online of DIY live-edge wood benches for awhile, but I thought it would be interesting to create a linear bathroom “vanity” instead. I found the perfect piece of salvaged beech wood at my local re-use store and knew it would be a perfect fit. The wood cost $288, far less than most other typical vanities I had been sourcing online. On the same outing, I picked up a simple, white vessel sink for a mere $20. Bargain! This DIY project was off to the races.

With the help of some local contractors, I got the wood sized and cut and hoisted into place. They helped build a (mostly hidden) wooden shelf, anchored to the wall studs, to support the wood counter from below. I gave the wood several coats of Waterlox sealer to finish it with a protective sheen.

A plumber reconfigured the faucet for the new wall-mounted fixtures I picked out, and I scrubbed and re-polished the vessel sink until it looked new. A hot-pink, vintage pendant light (bought on Ebay) was another fun re-use item I scored for this project.

I added new tile floors, a new toilet, pale pink walls, and a simple round mirror, and things really started to come together.

My 2-year old daughter insisted on the finishing touch — the Pig Painting — which we found while window shopping in a small town in North Carolina. The pig hanging on the wall has been a crucial part of her potty training excitement over the past few months as she always goes running for “The Pig Potty” as this newly completed room has been named. So I guess in the end, this room is not entirely for me and my bathroom obsession, but for my daughter, whom I can only hope one day feels the same appreciation as I do for a good throne room.

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We are still waiting to hear who the 2017 national winners are, but you can see the entries of past Forklift winners here! The submission form for 2018 is not yet live, so check back later in the year if you have a project you might like to submit. They say that the greenest building material is anything that’s being reused. We urge you to consider using salvaged or surplus materials for your next home improvement or creative project, and make sure you document your progress with lots of photos along the way!

Construction and Remodeling – 3rd Place

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Every year, Community Forklift joins reuse centers across the country to participate in The ReUse People Of America’s National Reuse Contest. Anyone can enter by submitting a project to their local participating reuse store (that’s us!) in one of two categories: Construction & Remodeling, or Art & Furniture.  We’re waiting to find out which 2017 entrants won at Nationals, but in the meantime – check out Community Forklift’s local winners!

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3rd Place – Construction & Remodeling

Michael and Mary Ellen Tarquinio

Dutch Colonial Kitchen

Before

Our story began when we purchased a 1930’s Dutch Colonial on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The kitchen had only a single cabinet in it and a huge radiator under an old farm sink. There was no storage or counter top and an ugly linoleum floor. We have been collecting and reusing for the past thirty years but we took it to the next level when we bought this house, mostly because we wanted to preserve the character of the house.

Shelves in progress

On a limited budget, we began renovations by pulling up the old linoleum and exposing the original hardwood. Because it was in terrible shape, we decided to cover it with porch paint. Counter top and storage needs were next. We found three turn-of-the-century chestnut butler pantries at a salvage place near us. We were able to move the kitchen door over to fit in all three pantries. We sanded, primed, painted and changed the hardware to match. We later found a fourth old pantry online to fit a final, narrow spot between the window and the dining room door. It was a good height and width but it was way too deep. We had to take the back off of it and cut it down to fit the 13 inch depth of the space. We put the back on, sanded, primed and painted that as well. This solved the storage problem.

After

Now on to the counter top and sink. First, we had to remove the monster under the sink, a 4 foot long radiator, and replace it with a shorter one that fit under the window. We got the shorter radiator from another area salvage place and stripped, primed and painted that as well.

Finally, to solve the counter problem, we found an antique sideboard at a second hand store, and then at our favorite salvage yard, a granite top with a sink attached. We had the legs cut off of the sideboard and painted and stenciled it. A frame was built to support the granite top and we put them all together. To all of this, we added the butcher block that we got at a yard sale for $20. and added a lower shelf to bring it up closer to counter height.

We love our kitchen and how it works with the rest of the house. For those of you asking, what did we do with the farm sink…we gave it to our daughter who was also renovating an old house. It is now being reused in her master bathroom!

Finished!

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While we wait on the results of the 2017 National Reuse Contest, check out the entries of past Forklift winners here! The submission form for 2018 is not yet live, so check back later in the year if you have a project you might like to submit. They say that the greenest building material is anything that’s being reused…we urge you to consider using salvaged or surplus materials for your next home improvement or creative project, and be sure to document your progress with lots of photos along the way!

Construction and Remodeling – Youth Award

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Every year, Community Forklift joins reuse centers across the country to participate in The ReUse People Of America’s National Reuse Contest. Anyone can enter by submitting a project to their local participating reuse store (that’s us!) in one of two categories: Construction & Remodeling, or Art & Furniture.  We’re waiting to find out which 2017 entrants won at Nationals, but in the meantime – check out Community Forklift’s local winners!

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Youth Award – Construction & Remodeling

Sabina Perry

Girl-Scout Silver Award

Finished check-in station

I am 13 and have been a Girl Scout since I was five. I am still in Girl Scouts because I enjoy doing community service as well as fun things like camping trips. My reuse project was my Girl Scout Silver Award.

I am also highly involved in my church, where my reuse project was installed. My reuse project addresses the problem that the check-in station for Sunday School was not functioning correctly. It was a trolley cart that had to be moved out each week and only fit one computer and a label printer. My church is currently renovating some of their spaces that are getting old and outdated, and my original Silver Award plan was to help with something from the renovation plan so the church did not have to pay for the manpower and they could put the money towards something else. I talked with Mr. Aaron Siirila, the director of facilities, and he suggested a built-in child check-in station. The idea had been on the church’s wish list for two years, but they had put their limited funds toward more urgent projects such as renovating the very outdated bathrooms. Mr. Siirila suggested that I could take this on as my Silver Award.

Working on the countertop

My reuse project resulted in a permanent counter that can fit two computer monitors, an iPad, and a label printer, with room for a Wi-Fi router, two computers, and other storage available in the secure cabinets underneath. My project benefitted my church, Silver Spring United Methodist Church, and all of its congregation.

As I began my project, Mr. Siirila and I discussed using recycled materials for budgeting and ease. My parents have encouraged me to reuse and recycle things whenever possible since a young age. For example, half of the furniture in my bedroom is from our local “Freecycle” listserv, including a huge shelving unit that stores my clothing, books, and desk. It felt good to be able to reuse and recycle materials for such a large and impactful project.

The Before space

I built a counter out of reused diner table tops with built-in reused wall cabinets underneath that required locks. I had to create a design plan that converted the wall cabinets into locked floor cabinets and the diner table tops into one counter. I also had to drill into the countertop for the electric cords, so my countertop materials were limited. My counter also had to fill a ten-foot space length-ways and had to be 18 to 24 inches deep to accommodate the necessary equipment and the space needs.

First, I cut down the diner table tops to fit the space correctly, and I caulked the crevices between each when I installed them to create a single counter. I then made a backsplash out of the trimmings. For the cabinets below, I repurposing four wall cabinets, but we had to buy new luan for the backing. This helped to maintain spacing, to help the structure remain sturdy, and to prevent children from crawling under the counter space.

Caulking the crevices

One of the last challenges I faced during my project was the problem that the table tops on top of the cabinets were not level and tilted forward. I had to detach the counter top so we could put wedges under the tops and then drive them with screws back into place. It was frustrating because it took me a long time to attach the table tops in the first place, then I had to completely take them back off and then put them back on. But a level countertop is important because you do not want items rolling off.

In these ten pictures, I have included all the steps I completed in order to create the counter. I included before and after pictures of the space as well as pictures of me creating the components of this project, the countertop, the cabinets and locks, and the installation. My dad helped me a lot with this project because he knows a lot about tools, construction, and building. I have included a picture of him and me at our (nearly) finished counter. I have to thank him a lot for supporting me throughout this project and for helping me learn and experiment with my building skills and techniques.

Sabina and her dad

Sabina’s project was so impressive and inspiring … we can’t wait until she’s old enough to intern with us!

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While we wait on the results of the 2017 National Reuse Contest, check out the entries of past Forklift winners here! The submission form for 2018 is not yet live, so check back later in the year if you have a project you might like to submit. They say that the greenest building material is anything that’s being reused…we urge you to consider using salvaged or surplus materials for your next home improvement or creative project, and be sure to document your progress with lots of photos along the way!

Art and Furniture – 1st Place

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Every year, Community Forklift joins reuse centers across the country to participate in The ReUse People Of America’s National Reuse Contest. Anyone can enter by submitting a project to their local participating reuse store (that’s us!) in one of two categories: Construction & Remodeling, or Art & Furniture.  We’re waiting to find out which 2017 entrants won at Nationals, but in the meantime – check out Community Forklift’s local winners!

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1st Place – Art & Furniture

Blake Sloane

Art Wall with Pocket Door

One of my favorite projects of 2017 was this reclaimed wood wall and pocket door for a client in Bethesda, Md. The homeowner’s recently added an additional apartment to their mid century home for their handicapped sister to move in to. Everything was built to be wheelchair accessible, including the 36″ wide pocket door. This door and wall separated the new apartment from the existing house’s kitchen.

The homeowner gave me complete freedom to come up with a design, so long as it incorporated some of the 500+ square feet of white cedar they had recently removed from a living room ceiling. In addition to the cedar I use reclaimed white oak 3/8″ thickness from paneling that came from a 100+ year old row house in Baltimore Md.

In progress

The client chose the bold color scheme to contrast with the warm wood tones, and I created an interesting geometric design that flowed from wall to door. The piece was created in three sections, plus the door, in my home shop, and then installed on site. There were many challenges with this project, and it required careful measurements at the onset. All of the cedar and oak pieces that make up the geometric pattern are 3/8″ thickness x 3″ width. They are glued and nailed to a 1/2″ thickness plywood substrate (also reclaimed!!!) that is then screwed into wall studs. The door itself is the same 3/8″ thickness cedar and oak laminated to 1/2″ and 3/4″ sheets of birch plywood(not reclaimed) for a final door thickness of 1 5/8″. The door is framed in oak, and the wall is trimmed out with more of the same cedar. Everything came together quite well on site and it took me about 3 hours to install.

In progress

Artist Info:

Since 2015, Forty Third Place has served the most discerning clients in the DC Metro area. Jonaki Sanyal and Blake Sloane collaborate together in their home studio on all manner of projects. Woodwork and carpentry, design, and photography are among our specialties. We are known for indulging even the most whimsical and unconventional projects.

Blake is a carpenter and woodworker by trade. In Chicago, he made a name for himself making beautiful things out of salvaged and reclaimed wood.

Jonaki is a social worker by day and photographer by night. She works with teens, brings home the bacon, and is the muscle on the worksite. She documents all of our shenanigans.

In 2015, Jonaki and Blake relocated after more than a decade in Chicago, back to their home base in PG County, Maryland. What began as a lighthearted rehab of our newly purchased 1930’s home–set to 80’s music–turned into a year long epic project. We delighted in taking our time to really think about the space, adding creative custom features, and carefully sourcing and selecting meaningful and responsible materials. We have become known for applying this same care to all of our projects.

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While we wait on the results of the 2017 National Reuse Contest, check out the entries of past Forklift winners here! The submission form for 2018 is not yet live, so check back later in the year if you have a project you might like to submit. They say that the greenest building material is anything that’s being reused…we urge you to consider using salvaged or surplus materials for your next home improvement or creative project, and be sure to document your progress with lots of photos along the way!