Laying out the big bucks to upgrade a kitchen or bathroom seems so last August. To cut costs, hundreds of savvy Westchester remodelers are keeping an eye on GreenDemolitions.com, based in Norwalk and looking to set up shop with a new store in Westchester, which offers new and recycled products for 50 to 80 percent below market price.
Green Demolitions, a four-year-old nonprofit organization, picks up and resells construction materials that would otherwise end up in the dumpster. The new or gently used kitchen and bath cabinets, fixtures, and appliances come from showroom displays, manufacturers’ overstocks, and contractors’ remodeling projects. “We get a lot of in-the-box stuff from stores that are closing,” Steve Feldman, president of Green Demolitions, says. Local remodeling firms, including DreamWork Kitchens in Mamaroneck, Garth Custom Kitchens in Scarsdale, and Bilotta Kitchens in Mamaroneck, Mount Kisco, and Briarcliff Manor, contact Green Demolitions when they’re called in to redo kitchens.
Recent postings run the gamut from a cherry-and-granite kitchen with Viking and SubZero appliances listed at under $5,000 to never-used Bentwood custom cabinets with an $89,000 price tag. The walnut cabinetry originally cost close to $200,000.
Donors get tax write-offs, the nonprofit sells the item to fund Recovery Unlimited (an addiction-treatment program), and buyers get good-quality products at good prices—and can feel good about doing something for the community and the environment. What’s not to like?