Environment

Pine Street Carpenters has long recognized the importance of sound environmental stewardship. It goes hand in hand with sound remodeling and building practices, and it is something we integrate through every facet of our business, from design and product selection through construction and community outreach. Detailed below are some of the ways in which we make an ongoing commitment to the environment.

 

Architectural Salvage
Reusing building elements has been a tradition at Pine Street Carpenters since our start. By salvaging materials from our jobsites, not only are we able to prevent these materials from ending up in a landfill, but we are able to provide customers with unique architectural elements that can be incorporated into their own remodeling projects. Whether it is outfitting a homeowner's residence with 100-year-old mahogany doors salvaged from an institutional demolition job or passing along old window sashes for use by a local artist, we are aware of the environmental and architectural value of salvaging building materials. Indeed, one man's trash is another man's treasure.

Architectural Salvage.
 

Habitat for Humanity HomeStore
Pine Street Carpenters regularly donates surplus and salvaged building materials to Habitat for Humanity's HomeStore in Coatesville, PA. Habitat's HomeStores sell used and surplus building materials at a fraction of normal prices, with the proceeds supporting the construction of local Habitat houses. Not only do salvaged materials find a second life in another home, but the funds raised from their sale supports the building of new homes! For more information on Habitat for Humanity of Chester County, please visit www.hfhcc.org.

Habitat for Humanity HomeStore.
 

Thoreau's Cabin at Tyler Arboretum
Henry David Thoreau is often regarded as America's first environmentalist. Inspired by his writings, Pine Street Carpenters built a replica of Thoreau's storied cabin at Walden Pond for Tyler Arboretum. Located in Media, PA, Tyler Arboretum is one of the oldest and largest arboreta in the northeastern United States, encompassing some 650 acres. Pine Street constructed and donated the cabin replica to Tyler Arboretum for their 2008 exhibit, Totally Terrific Treehouses. The cabin, which won the "Best Craftsmanship" award for the exhibit, is now a permanent fixture at Tyler Arboretum. Be sure to stop by Tyler Arboretum to visit the cabin and enjoy a fun-filled day in the woods! For more information about this unique project, please click here. To learn more about Tyler Arboretum, visit www.tylerarboretum.org.

Thoreau cabin replica at Tyler Arboretum.
 

Building Material Recycling
Recognizing the importance of recycling building materials, our project managers take a proactive approach to recycling by integrating jobsite recycling into each remodeling project. From clean fill jobsite dumpsters to metal recycling (shown here), we make a concerted effort to keep building materials from making their way into a landfill.

Building material recycling.
 

Smart Design
Our design team looks for opportunities to educate clients about the latest products and technologies so that they can make sound decisions when planning their next remodeling project. Knowing the impact and benefits of countless products and materials goes a long way in maximizing energy efficiency and reducing a home's impact on the environment and a client's budget. We keep ourselves abreast of the wide range of products using recycled material, and work with clients to help them navigate the sometimes overwhelming process of product selection, helping them make smart, informed decisions that are in line with their remodeling goals.

Smart design.
 

HGTV's Ecologue: Easier Ways to Live Green
In 2008, Pine Street Carpenters partnered with The Workshop, a full-service multimedia company based in Bryn Mawr, PA, to help manage a series of green remodeling projects for HGTV. In all, 20 green remodeling projects were produced as webisodes for HGTV's green-focused website - www.ecologue.com. Each webisode featured a small remodeling project incorporating innovative green materials and products.

HGTV Ecologue.