Good Wood

Deconstruction & Salvage

Good Wood contractors are trained and certified by the city of Portland, Oregon. Following the guidelines set forth in the deconstruction ordinance, our knowledgable team will transform your unwanted structure into a cleared, clean, build-able lot. We guarantee safe, effective and efficient work. 


The Ordinance:

The uptick in residential and commercial development in Portland, Oregon has simultaneously led to an increase in the demolition of our older and historic homes. Demolition raises community concerns about health, waste, and neighborhood character. To address these concerns the city approved a resolution stipulating that houses built in Portland before 1916, as well as those that have historic designation, be deconstructed, instead of demolished. These homes account for approximately 1/3 of the 300+ demolitions taking place each year in Portland.

About Deconstruction:

Deconstruction is “construction in reverse”: utilizing disassembly to remove an unwanted structure. It differs from demolition where a site is cleared of its building by the most expedient means. Deconstruction is a method of harvesting what is commonly considered “waste” and reclaiming it as useful building material. The selective dismantling of a structure can save up to 85 percent of materials for reuse. Deconstruction focuses on giving the materials within a building a new life once the building as a whole can no longer continue.