(n): a project with the goal of saving as much reusable material as possible by “unbuilding” items


Thinking about a kitchen or bathroom remodel?

Habitat Buffalo can salvage your donatable items and help you support your local community at the same time!


How it works

Habitat Buffalo is fully insured, specialized staff and trained volunteers carefully remove reusable items from your home or business. Projects are often completed in half-a-day and our crew will leave your space broom clean. 

What We Take

Kitchen Appliances: stoves, ovens, refrigerators, freezers, hood vents, and microwaves; appliances must be less than ten years old

Kitchen Cabinets: must be in good condition; we do not accept composite board or water- or mold-damaged cabinets

Bathroom Items: toilets less than five years old, sinks, vanities, and bathroom accessories

Hot Water Tanks: drained and less than five years old

Light Fixtures: excludes recessed lights

Pre-hung Doors: exterior and solid core interior doors are accepted; we do not accept French doors, sliding doors, or bi-fold doors

Other Household Accessories: mirrors, shelving, wall décor, door knobs, and housewares (dishes, cups, silverware, etc.)  

Benefits for You

Benefits for Homeowners: Our free Deconstruction Program will help you save on your home renovation and will give your items a second life with a local family. 

Benefits for Contractors: Our specialized team will work ahead of your employees, and leave a clean, prepped space for construction.  We will help you save time, labor costs, and disposal fees.

Benefits for Corporate Partners: Demonstrate your philanthropy and take advantage of our partnership benefits by donating materials or allowing Habitat Buffalo to participate in your next remodel. 

Everyone Benefits: All donations make through our Deconstruction Program are tax-deductible. Your donation will help divert tons of material from landfills and will will help a neighbor in need. By reusing or reselling your items, your donation will help offset the cost of homebuilding in Buffalo. 

We decided to have our kitchen redone and looked into donating all our cabinets, granite countertops, microwave, and sink to Habitat for Humanity and it was one of the best moves we made. Not only was the staff that did the work top notch and very efficient, but very knowledgeable and accommodating. We felt very good knowing that someone would be able to reuse all of the different parts of our kitchen and hopefully enjoy it as much as we did. In closing I just want to thank them again and won't hesitate to donate to this organization again in the future. – Mike V.
The Habitat crew was an absolute pleasure to work with. They showed up on time, got right to work , removed all the reusable materials and left the job site nice and clean. What a wonderful program that not only helps the homeowners with a tax deduction for donating but also more importantly keeps the materials in use for other people and lessens the amount of items for landfills. As a general contractor I will be using the Habitat Crew, which doesn’t cost a penny, for all future jobs. Well done. - Joseph Builders LLC

Deconstruction FAQs

We schedule projects Monday through Friday

  • A typical project will take half a day. We start at 9 am and are usually cleaning up by 12:30pm. For larger projects, we schedule a full day, 9am – 4pm.

We ask for a minimum of 2 weeks lead time. During winter months, we may be able to accommodate quicker timelines, but for the best experience, 2 weeks miniumum.

Yes! You will receive a tax receipt from our Deconstruction Manager, Angela Watson, within 1 week from the completion of your project.

Absolutely! A comprehensive list of items we take can be found above in the “What we take” section.

Our fully insured, specialized staff and trained volunteers will carefully remove items from your home. Our team combined has over 170 years of construction experience!

To schedule, please email or call our Deconstruction Manager, Angela Watson, at 716.857.0831 |

Schedule Now!

Reach out to our Deconstruction Manager, Angela Watson for more information and to schedule your deconstruction.

 716.857.0831 |