Salvaging materials from demolition and remodeling projects

Milwaukee Habitat’s experienced and insured Deconstruction Services crew salvages reusable items from residential and commercial buildings, saving you time and money. We give items a second life, reselling them to fund Milwaukee Habitat’s mission of breaking down the barriers to affordable homeownership for local families. 

Traditional Demo Costs

  • $2000-3000 Demolition Cost
  • $400 Dumpster Cost
  • Items destroyed
  • Items end up in local landfills
  • No tax Benefit
  • No community benefit

Deconstruction with Habitat

  • Flat $250 Fee
  • $0 Dumpster Cost
  • Items carefully salvaged
  • Items diverted from local landfills
  • Tax-deductible donation receipt provided
  • Your donation will help build safe, affordable homes in Milwaukee


Milwaukee Habitat ReStore is making sure items that are still in good reusable condition don’t end up in the dump.
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Why salvage?

Save money.

  • Salvaged Items Are Tax Deductible
  • Less Waste Removal Cost
  • $250 Donation Fee For Entire Crew

Save time.

  • Most Projects Completed Within 1 Day
  • Free No-Hassle Assessments
  • Itemized Donation Receipt Provided

Items we salvage:

  • Kitchen Cabinets
  • Appliances
  • Light Fixtures
  • HVAC Systems
  • Plumbing Fixtures
  • Water Heaters
  • Furniture
  • Decor
  • Doors


Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity ReStore's Deconstruction Services salvages a kitchen cabinetry set from a home that's being remodeled. Instead of this cabinet set being thrown in the dump, it will be resold at Habitat ReStore, raising money for safe, affordable housing!

Prior to the demolition of five buildings on the Marquette University campus in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Marquette and Mortenson Construction partnered with Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity to salvage and deconstruct a wide variety of elements within the buildings.

In total, the Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity team volunteered 300 hours to salvage seven tons of material including: 164 chairs, 64 plastic waste baskets, 100's of shelves tables, and filing cabinets, 25 metal radiator covers, and a wooden boat among hundreds of other items!

We're so grateful for partners like Carmel Builders and their clients who generously donate kitchen cabinets, appliances, and more. Our talented Deconstruction Services team salvages these items saving clients time and money while preventing waste!

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity's Deconstruction Services team shares why they salvage materials to support Habitat's mission.

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Jodee Benavides
Phone: 414-316-5658