Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Habitat Re-Store announces Reuse Contest winners

3rd Annual ReUse Contest Elicits 40 Entries

The Asheville Habitat ReStore is pleased to announce the winners of its third annual ReStore ReUse Contest. The forty entries ranging from furniture to houses and everything in between were built using predominantly reused materials. The judges selected winners in five categories: Furniture, Homesteading, Live/Work Space, Best in Show and the add-on category Most Unique. And for the first time, voting was also open to the public. Public voting in the ReStore and on Pinterest generated the winner in the People’s Choice category.
The winners are:
Homesteading – Tim and Amanda Sorrill
Furniture – Ana Medina
Live and/or Work Space – Wayne Ruth
Best in Show – John and Diane Vogt
Most Unique – Jeff Tallman
People’s Choice – Doug Parris

Photos of ALL entries can be viewed in this FlickR album.

The purpose of the contest is to showcase innovative projects constructed predominantly of used building materials. Entries were judged on quality of design and execution; replicability of concept; clarity of description; and quality of photos. “We really saw a lot of ingenuity and complexity this year,” said judge and ReStore General Manager Scott Stetson. “We even decided to add a Most Unique category to more fairly judge the entries that did not necessarily fit neatly into one of the other pre-established categories.”

In addition to Stetson, the judging panel included:
Joel Johnson, Asheville Habitat’s Home Repair Project Supervisor
Linda Keep, 2013 winner in the Furniture category
David Earl Tomlinson, local metalworker/metal artist and musician
Brigitte Bassham, Habitat homeowner, teaching assistant, and reuse enthusiast
Keep, who won the Furniture category in 2013, especially loved this year’s winning entry in that category. “The door and bathroom vanity cabinet transformed into a mudroom bench is completely replicable – one of the criteria for judging. I could find a vintage door and old cabinet at the ReStore and make this project myself. And I think I might!”

Since 1983, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity has built 262 new homes and completed 80 home repair projects. Since 1990, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity has operated a retail store as another source of income for our building program. The ReStore sells donated items to the general public and proceeds help cover Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity’s administrative and fundraising expenses and provide funding for our building programs. For more information, visit ashevillehabitat.org.

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