SOE Award Recipient
2012 • Professional Services
"It's hard to follow your dream, particularly when I first started trying to promote architectural reuse almost 30 years ago and whole building industry ignored me. I know someday soon the world with catch up. You just have to believe."
In 2001, Carol originated Demo 2 Design, an architectural reuse business, as an alternative to wasteful disposal of construction material entering the landfill. Her commitment to promoting environmental awareness spans 30 years ranging from public education, municipal government legislation and non-profit retail to public-private business partnerships. Her recent partnership with Marborg Industries, Santa Barbara’s leading recycling and waste hauler, has increased the scope of service options that benefit the community.
Carol Ashley is forging through uncharted territory by creating and sustaining a comprehensive resource management business, Demo 2 Design. For more than 30 years, she has been committed to promoting environmental awareness ranging from public education, municipal government legislation and non-profit retail to public-private business partnerships.
Collecting materials from contractors, homeowners and property managers involved with remodeling or demolition, Demo 2 Design rescues vintage doors and windows, plumbing and lighting fixtures, lumber, wrought iron, and hardware. This inventory is available to the public for reasonable prices at Carol’s warehouse. Selected materials are re-constructed into permit-exempt structures called “Custom Casitas,” a model of which is scheduled for construction at Demo 2 Design this Spring by Santa Barbara City College’s Construction Academy.
Current programs on the horizon for Demo 2 Design include on-site repurposing workshops designed to connect Santa Barbara residents with examples of creative reuse demonstrated by local artisans. From lamp rewiring to stained glass art, the wealth of possibilities is unlimited. www.demo2design.com