The design world is a naturally creative place, which is why I love meeting business owners who are not only passionate about what they do, they’re also unique in the services they offer. That was definitely the case when I met Anna Perks with Perks Deconstruction; Anna not only saw a need in the Denver community for a service to salvage some of our most unique architecture pieces that might otherwise be thrown away…she knew that by saving some of these elements, she would be helping the environment as well.
When I look at new projects, I’m inspired to not only create inviting and comfortable spaces, I’m also conscious of the impact design can have on the world. That’s why I was thrilled to sit down with Anna and talk to her about how Perks Deconstruction not only helps repurpose architectural pieces, they’re also working to keep construction materials out of the landfill, if possible. Thank you, Anna!
Tell us a little bit about Perks Deconstruction.
Perks Deconstruction has a skilled team committed to systematically taking apart building materials in order to maximize salvage and reuse potential. We offer deconstruction services for tenant finish and interior remodel projects, servicing both commercial and residential clients.
Interior Deconstruction: First we prepare the space for deconstruction then we salvage and donate all reusable materials including appliances, plumbing, fixtures, doors, cabinetry, flooring, etc. Using hand tools, we remove wall and floor coverings according to the site plan and then palletize items for donation or recycling. We make sure to leave every job site pristine and clean on a daily basis.
What inspired you to start this business?
Over 40% of materials in the landfill are from the construction and demolition industry. We recycle cans but throw away houses. I wanted to provide clients an alternative to traditional demolition that was not just environmentally friendly but an economically viable option.
Describe your process.
We work with architects, general contractors, developers, interior designers and homeowners. The sooner that someone brings us into the project the better because we can help keep materials out of the landfill and encourage resource conservation from the beginning of the project.
Is there a way for homeowners and designers looking for “deconstructed” pieces work with you?
We donate everything we salvage to qualified non-profits in the front range. Right now, we’re focusing on providing the deconstruction service and do not have capacity to warehouse materials. That being said, I’m quickly building a network of people who want to design and build with repurposed materials, and I’m more than happy to connect with people who are interested in reusing building materials.
Can you briefly explain how the tax incentives work?
Whenever someone donates more than $5,000 he/she needs a 3rd party appraisal report that qualifies the donation value. Perks Deconstruction takes inventory and pictures of all materials and makes sure they are donated to a qualified non-profit. Then we send donation receipts, pictures, and material descriptions to a 3rd party appraisal group (of the client’s choosing). Afterward, the client can use the donation receipts and appraisal report to take advantage of tax reductions related to the charitable tax credit. Example: A homeowner donates $10,000 of materials he/she will receive 25-35% back in the form of a tax reduction. In this case, $2,500-$3,500 (depends on tax income bracket).
Where in Colorado do you primarily work?
We service the greater Denver and Boulder region.
Michelle Ku is a Denver, CO interior designer and owner of Ku Interior Design. Her projects range from space planning, kitchen and bath remodels, large home additions, and full-home redesign, with a specialty in redesigning condominiums in the Denver metro area. For more information including how to contact Michelle, CLICK HERE.