Deconstructing a 36,000 Square Foot Home

I guarantee you have never seen a "tear-down" house like this one.  A Minnesota company is disassembling an immense home in the prestigious Lake Minnetonka area west of Minneapolis.
This massive structure is filled with room after room of salvageable building materials in pristine condition, ranging from sprawling kitchens and custom cabinetry to a unique sauna and indoor pool slide.

At the company's link are several pages of photos and a walk-through video.

The company saves money by inviting the public to go directly to the home to harvest materials; what remains is transported to their warehouse and store for resale.


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Yeah, the house is ugly inside (although I like the exterior), but I don't get what people are complaining about. If everyone just took what they needed, then everyone should be living in apartments instead of houses. Hey, why didn't you take that money you spent on that ipod and donate it to charity instead? What a selfish person you are! Why did you have children instead of adopting? Ugh, you're just adding to overpopulation and depletion of resources! Then again, I suppose it's always easier to spend other people's money....
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Bank owned. Built in 1987. Most current owner in trouble with IRS, described on blogs as ponzi-schemer.

Ownership of mansion and cars important to demonstrate his success, build confidence of his investors?

Another previous owner Denny Hecker. Much baggage comes with house...

Recent book on the mansions of Lake Minnetonka laments the teardown of architecturally significant ones to subdivide the land and build multiple smaller homes. MUCH better to tear down the tacky ones, such as this.

Commenters above say it is morally bad to build homes suitable for posh entertaining. What do they have against people working in the catering trade? What do they have against landscapers? Why say that people who hire the members of my family should instead not build, but give the resources instead to people who don't work?
I don't understand.
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I'd bet this house has been on the market for a long time and is highly unlikely to sell. So, I wouldn't consider it a waste of time, labor or money to sell it off in pieces to people who can use the fixtures and materials.
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