Deconstruction services

Deconstruction services

Better Futures Minnesota has over 14 years' experience as a Deconstruction company that also trains their participants for a career in deconstruction or construction. 

We work with contractors, architects, and homeowners in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and other parts of Minnesota—at an exceptionally fair price—to provide leading deconstruction services and reduce waste. We have extensive experience managing the deconstruction and donations process. Our business manager can connect you with qualified appraisers for your donation materials and ensure your deconstruction project is completed in a timely and efficient manner.

Our specially trained crews are ready to get started on your deconstruction project. Tell us what you’ve got in mind.





Crew hours (Mon-Friday): 8AM - 3PM

Business hours (Mon-Friday):  7AM-4PM



Choose deconstruction over demolition.

In 2021, through our deconstruction services and the ReUse Warehouse we diverted over 2,000 tons of construction and demolition waste from Minnesota's landfills. 

How we work

Initial consultation

A site visit to inventory & photograph the materials that will be salvaged. 

Our proposal to deconstruct includes:

A fixed cost & set time frame for work. 

Coordinate with appraisers to provide estimate. 

Know what your expected tax deduction will be prior to moving forward.

Decision about our deconstruction services

If you decide to proceed, we coordinate with your schedule to perform our work timely.

After our work has been completed:

Coordinate with your appraiser to finalize your appraisal & IRS Form 8283. Provide you with the environment Impact Report that quantifies the environmental benefit of your project. 

Providing jobs. supporting our environment.


Find your answers to your questions about a deconstruction project. 

Are grants available for deconstruction?

Yes, grants of up to $5,000 are available through Hennepin County. Link below.
Hennepin County Grants

Why is a site visit important?

This enables us to survey what materials we will be able to salvage in order to provide a true cost of our deconstruction services. 

How long will it take?

We work with your timeline, but depending on the job most deconstruction jobs can be completed within a week.

Do I have to pay for dumpsters?

No, a dumpster is included in the cost of deconstruction. But unlike demolition all the materials aren't thrown into our landfills, so we use minimum dumpsters
Your donated materials are resold at our ReUse Warehouse Store. 

What Materials can be salvaged?

Building materials like lumber or bricks are salvageable. We also take items like solid wood doors or flooring along with windows, lights, cabinets, vanities, granite countertops and appliances.

Are the materials I donate tax deductible?

Yes, the materials that you donate to our ReUse Warehouse Store will be tax deductible and we will provide you with paperwork for tax purposes.

How deconstruction supports our misson.

All funds from our deconstruction jobs help support our participants and our workforce development program.
Better Futures mission is to fuel and guide our participants’ desire to rebuild their lives after being incarcerated, our deconstruction services are vital to our non-profit because it provides the work experience for our participants. Funds from our deconstruction services help support our workforce development program so our men receive paid online training certification along with the hands-on training they need to work on a deconstruction crew. Our program prepares our participants for a career in construction or deconstruction. As environmental stewards, deconstruction provides us with some of the building materials and home improvement items we sell at our ReUse Warehouse Store, which helps us keep construction waste out of MN Landfills.
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  • We couldn’t be more pleased with the excellent service provided by the team at Better Futures Minnesota. They launched our remodeling project by thoughtfully and skillfully removing our old kitchen cabinets. This job was unique in that the old cabinets were made for me by my father, and it was important to me that they be repurposed in honor of him."

    Paula Palmer

    Mpls Home Owner
  • The crew was awesome! They were respectful and pleasant to work with. It was also amazing to watch them work together as a communicative and proficient team. With much gratitude, I highly recommend this organization as a way to benefit yourself, to gift our communities with earth friendly, recycled materials, and to provide an opportunity for folks to gain and hone their construction skills as a part of the deconstruction team."

    Paula Palmer

    Mpls Home Owner
  • Having Better Futures prevent such a large amount of material from going into the dumpster was an important part of my project. The stacked benefits of employing men and a charitable donation made this a no-brainer. I applaud their efforts in increasing deconstruction services in Minnesota.”

    John O.

    Hennepin County Home Owner

Our deconstruction manager

Quinn Jenkins

I joined Better Futures Minnesota in December of 2021 as the Deconstruction Manager. Prior to Better Futures I was a 563 Union Labor at Advantage Scaffolding. During my tenure at Advantage Scaffolding, I helped the company complete time sensitive project. I currently live in North Minneapolis with my wife and my youngest son Rashaed-David. My daughter Araya is currently attending Clark-Atlanta University. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and working out.

Our deconstruction crew

Our crews receive paid training to make sure they are property certified and trained to work on our deconstruction site. Once a participant is OSHA certified they receive two weeks of hands-on experience working on a deconstruction site, before joining a supervised crew.

Why use our deconstruction services?

Landfill diversion is cost-effective and better for the environment, which benefits contractors and the wider community. In addition, deconstruction can save homeowners money, since the value of salvaged items from a home or building may be treated as a donation to our ReUse Warehouse Store, Better Futures Minnesota is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

In addition, when you hire Better Futures deconstruction services for your home or building, you help the men we serve get the job training and skills they need to survive in a new economy, and you help ensure that 75 to 85 percent of a home or building is recycled or reused.


(Unless looking to partner, donate material or related to Deconstruction).
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