Archive for: ‘March 2014’

Yard Sale makes to news

March 11, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

This Spring’s PACSJ yard sale has now warranted it’s own article in the Mercury News. Twice a year we now see the below collection activity going on at 260 South Thirteenth Street in Naglee Park.


Demolition zone – SJMN 3/6/2014

March 6, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

The feature story in the March 6, 2014 Mercury News is all about Silicon Valley housing demolitions. The article, by columnist Pete Carey, chronicles the emerging trend on the San Francisco Peninsula towards scraping and building new single family homes. Not really news, but still getting a lot of reader’s eyeballs, as most homeowners throughout the region dread the day that ┬átheir neighbor builds that new “monster house” next door, unless of course that homeowner is hoping to cash in on a quick sale to someone with similar inclinations.

No apparent salvage going on here. Most local cities have some kind of recycling ordinance in place, but most of this stuff is bulking up our landfills.

Twitter’s Log Houses

March 4, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

There is much to be liked about Twitter’s log houses being installed in their San Francisco headquarters on Market Street, reported in the Marin Independent Journal on March 4, 2014. Salvaged by Novato contractor Karl Beckmann and the design put together by Lundberg Design, the two 20′ x 20′ late nineteenth century log cabins from Montana will be an exciting centerpiece of the dining area at the historic Western Furniture Exchange and Merchandise Mart building, a 1930s Art Deco building.

Montana cabin going to Twitter headquarters in San Francisco

What caught my attention was this quote near the end of the article:

We’ve used the notion of the forest as a nice tie-in with Twitter and its bird log….to me the log cabins fit into that since, obviously, they’re made from logs that come from the forest. It’s also about using natural materials. There’s something nice about the character of the real wood. Visually there’s a patina of age. It isn’t something fake. It’s real. It’s reclaimed. It’s got some history to it, just as the building has history to it. One of the nice things about reusing old materials is that there is a story that comes with them.