If you’re renovating, remodeling, or redecorating your home, consider deconstruction instead of demolition!

Deconstruction is the careful dismantling of buildings or parts of buildings in a way that enables the materials within to be reused. Harvesting home and building materials through deconstruction allows communities to generate economic, social, and environmental benefits from the project, while saving reusable materials from ending up in the landfill.

In a typical residential renovation project, a sizable portion of the materials (appliances, cabinets, doors, lighting, and more) can be deconstructed for reuse and redistributed to the community. Why pay for disposal to overcrowded landfills when you can give your goods a new life somewhere else? By donating your reusable materials to Community Forklift instead, you can save on dumping fees, keep reusable resources out of landfills, support a green nonprofit, help your local community, and enjoy a year-end tax deduction!

Community Forklift is D.C.’s hometown salvage warehouse. As a nonprofit reuse center for home goods and building supplies, our mission is to lift up local communities by making home repairs affordable, reducing waste, promoting reuse, creating green jobs, and providing essential goods for free to under-resourced residents and community organizations.

Since 2005, we have diverted over $45 million of usable materials from local landfills and converted them into community assets. We sell salvaged new and gently used building materials to the public at below-market prices at our reuse warehouse in Hyattsville, Maryland. We provide free materials to our neighbors in need and to community groups for projects that serve the greater good, impacting almost 600,000 individuals in the D.C. region. Washington City Paper readers have also voted us D.C.’s best green business every year since 2014!

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Real Estate Fresh Finds is a weekly selection of newly-listed properties in the District, brought to you by RLAH Real Estate.

Featured Property of the Week: 1512 R Street NW

“Welcome to 1512 R St NW! This 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom 1875 Victorian will wow you with its mix of vintage and modern features. Details include hand waxed mahogany trim on the main level, functional pocket doors and heated kitchen and bathroom floors throughout. The large kitchen features quartz countertops, a pot filler, and a 6 burner Dacor gas range. Extra large south facing windows in the kitchen and dining area bring in natural light and provide a view of the rear patio and pergola. Working fireplaces on every level provide many spots to cozy up to in the winter. The second level features a bedroom with a large walk-in closet and second living room with a dramatic double height ceiling and a wet bar. The owner’s suite sits on the top floor with a flexible office/guest room space that overlooks the second living room. The bedroom features another large walk-in closet with Elfa and the ensuite bathroom features a double vanity, a steam shower and separate jetted tub. A stunning roof deck offers fantastic neighborhood views and a view of the Washington Monument that makes it a perfect space to entertain and catch the 4th of July fireworks. The attic provides ample storage as well as a neatly hidden built-in sauna. The 2 car garage provides valuable off street parking and has a very practical and private 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom guest suite above it. The legal 1 bed, 1 bath English basement unit is over 800 square feet and has front and rear entrances, in-unit laundry, and a modern kitchen. Inbound for Ross Elementary.”

Other Notable Fresh Listings:

  • The Most Expensive Home of the Week is a 6BR/6FB/2HB Mediterranean-style detached home in Wesley Heights with over 10k square feet of luxury living space spread across 4 levels features a 2-car garage, sunroom, library, theatre/media room, staff suite, and a gorgeous brick terrace with a pool and it’s own separate changing room–all for just $10k shy of $7M.
  • “This turn-of-the-century home modernized and expertly renovated in 2017” with 3BR/2.5BA in Capitol Hill features “a mix of grand original details and first-rate updates” such as a huge gourmet kitchen, heated bathroom floors, a wood-burning fireplace, and even a secured parking space.
  • “Truly gorgeous, complete renovation of a large end unit row home in the heart of Petworth! This exquisitely redesigned home features an open floorplan on the first floor with tons of natural light and high ceilings.”
  • Your REO/Bank-Owned Property of the Week is a multifamily interior rowhome with 4 2-bedroom units that will need plenty of work, but it does appear some of the work has been started for whoever decides to buy and finish it.

Connecting the distinct personalities of iconic Washington, D.C., neighborhoods, Union Place, by Toll Brothers Apartment Living, exudes an undeniable sense of arriving, a feeling of being exactly where you need to be, at exactly the right time.

Choose from brand new studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartment homes that feature clean, sleek finishes and warm, natural tones. Features include stainless steel appliances, quartz kitchen and bathroom countertops as well as Kohler plumbing fixtures and hardware.

Expansive amenities such as the resort style rooftop pool and two-story gym with a rock-climbing wall and comfortable, communal spaces bring you every convenience and opportunity to connect with fellow residents — or to reflect in collective solitude.

Come experience everything that Union Place has to offer and understand what it truly means to arrive home.

For more information call 888-200-5215 or visit Union Place at 200 K Street NE Washington, D.C.

Let us simplify the home buying process for you at this free, fun & informative session.

Learn from local lenders, real estate agents & hear the experiences of a recent first time home buyer.

The workshop is centrally located at GreenLine Real Estate’s office at 2216 14th Street, NW — Between W Street & Florida Avenue. Space is limited so please register to reserve your seat.

Refreshments will be provided.

Real Estate Fresh Finds is a weekly selection of newly-listed properties in the District, brought to you by Real Living At Home.

Featured Property of the Week: 1301 T Street NW #2

This uniquely shaped 1-level 2 BR/1.5 BA Victorian end-unit townhome conversion in Cardozo/U Street has been beautifully remodeled and features brand new stainless steel appliances, a private balcony, hardwood floors, an in-unit washer/dryer, a gas fireplace and 1 parking space. With over 1k square feet, the unit is “flooded in sunlight with east, north & southern exposures” throughout the open layout, creating a bright, airy flow all in an impeccable location with a Walkscore of 99.

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Before they go extinct, snag your tickets to this year’s dinosaur-themed Brew at the Zoo — an all-you-can-drink craft beer event July 18 from 6-9 p.m.

Hosted by Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) at Smithsonian’s National Zoo, the fest will feature nearly 70 breweries, all providing the best pours in town to support wildlife conservation. Local favorites, such as Port City Brewing Company and 2018 RAMMY Award winner Right Proper Brewing Company, will be joined by popular microbreweries, including Denizens Brewing Company and Hellbender Brewing Company.

Guests will enjoy dino entertainment, including epic Jurassic stilt walkers. Expect delicious food for purchase on-site from some of D.C.’s most popular food trucks, and great music by Baltimore quintet The Shrapnels, in addition to brew-friendly yard games.

  • General admission tickets: $50 for FONZ members and $65 for nonmembers
  • VIP tickets: $110 for FONZ members and $125 for nonmembers (VIP ticket holders will be granted early admission to the general event area at 5 p.m.)

For tickets and details about the event, click here. Use code POPSC19 for a discount!

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With the weird placement of July 4th, a lot of us have a 4-day weekend in which we can ditch the District and its ensuing drama for a couple days. For those of you opting to stay in the area and interested in house-hunting, we have SOME options for you.

While there’s only a couple dozen on the books so far, there are plenty of great DC Open Houses you can check out before your picnics or after brunches. View the entire DC Open House List, click here.

  • 537 21st Street NE — $775,000 — Kingman Park
    Open Sun. 2-4 p.m. — Jason Martin
    Bright & spacious 4 BR/2.5 BA interior townhouse with a fully finished lower level that features a bedroom, bathroom, wet bar and rear exit to the parking pad behind the home.
  • 3467 Holmead Place NW #3 — $869,000 — Columbia Heights
    Open Sat. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & Sun. 1-4 p.m. — Craig McCullough
    “Over 1,800 square feet of living space on two levels. Welcome to this beautiful modern D.C. penthouse.”
  • 4521 C Street SE — $499,500 — Benning Ridge
    Open Sun. 1:30-3 p.m. — Bob Williams
    Powder Smurf blue 4 BR/2 BA split-level detached home renovated in 2019 with a huge patio/carport and a fenced-in backyard.
  • 3005 Otis Street NE — $750,000 — Woodridge
    Open Sat. & Sun. 12-3 p.m. — Erika Parker
    “Turn key ready! This beautiful, 3-level fully renovated [detached] home features 4 BR and 4 FBA’s.”
  • 1300 4th Street SE #404 — $924,900 — Navy Yard
    Open Sun. 1-4 p.m. — Lynn Tsao
    Brand-new 2 BR unit in a brand-new building at The Yards is ~85% sold, so act fast if you want to be one of the newest residents in one of the hottest DC neighborhoods.

Real Estate Fresh Finds is a weekly selection of newly-listed properties in the District, brought to you by Real Living At Home.

Featured Property of the Week: 4222 8th Street NW #2

This BRAND NEW Petworth condo conversion has been entirely renovated from its previous row home and now turned into two, 2-level gorgeous luxury units.** Unit #2 is a spacious 3 BR/3 BA with nearly 2,000 square feet and the “open concept living/dining/kitchen area is massive with multiple arrangements/sitting areas.”

The home is loaded with quality upgrades, including a gourmet kitchen with Jenn-Air stainless appliances as well as Kohler faucets and toilets in the bathrooms. Finally, the unit has multiple outdoor spaces, including a private balcony off of the master bedroom suite as well as a rear backyard with both grassy space and private off-street parking.

**DISCLAIMER: “Units are not yet registered with the Department of Housing and Community Development, Rental Conversion and Sale Division. No units will be offered for sale prior to Registration.” **

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We’ve got 330+ open houses scheduled across the District this weekend. The summer weather is out in full force, so throw on your lightest tank top, a pair of shades and come check out some of our favorites below. To see the entire DC Open House List, click here.

  • 329 17th Street SE — $649,900 — Hill East
    Open Sat. & Sun. 2-4 p.m. — John Coleman
    Two story 2 BR brick interior row home with a private rear patio/yard.
  • 1457 Park Road NW #507 — $199,000 — Columbia Heights
    Open Sun. 1-4 p.m. — Colleen Cancio
    “This sunny, top floor studio includes a generous living space with gorgeous hardwood floors and two large windows.”
  • 857 3rd Street SW #104 — $699,000 — Southwester Waterfront
    Open Sun. 1-4 p.m. — Lewis Bashoor
    3 BR/2 BA townhouse with nearly 1,500 square feet and steps from the Wharf.
  • 1300 Massachusetts Avenue NW #304 — $384,900 — Thomas Circle
    Open Sun. 2-4 p.m. — Fernando Garcia
    1 BR condo back on the market with a $15k reduction in a fantastic location.
  • 609 Maryland Avenue NE #4 — $1,985,000 — Stanton Park
    Open Sun. 12-2 p.m. — Nancy Bubes
    In true D.C. form of turning everything into condos, check out this “extra-large 3 story townhouse condo in the prestigious Stanton Tower,” which is a “125-year-old Romanesque Revival-style church conversion.”

DC Central Kitchen announced their inaugural summer fundraising event, a round-robin style happy hour and bites night at an exciting lineup of restaurants in Navy Yard/Capitol Riverfront on Wednesday, July 17 from 6-9 p.m.

RASA (with cocktail guest Buffalo & Bergen), Rocklands Barbecue Pop-up (typically only open on Nats game nights!), Dacha, Declaration and All Purpose are in for the summer festivities and will provide signature cocktails and small bites for the happy hour, happy hopping crowd.

Tickets are $95 and available via DC Central Kitchen.

100% of proceeds support DCCK’s efforts to provide culinary job training to unemployed adults and bring healthy local foods to underserved D.C. neighborhoods.


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