Each year in the UK there is a Shed of the Year Contest.
Klinker or clinker bricks were overcooked rejects, a product of intense and smokey coal-fired kilns. They were considered a waste product until early Craftsman builders found their sculptural architectural merits.
Beautiful buildings but the thought of birds flying into the glass is dreadful, so all large panes of mirror should have a deterrent, like a hawk cut-out or strips of ribbon hanging in front. Nesting season would be a particularly problematic time.
No maintenance, long lasting, impenetrable poplar bark siding is a cradle to cradle siding option.
Bark Walls. Bark is waterproof and will not rot; its familiar surface is richly graphic.
Reclaimed corrugated metal is the most earth friendly option.
Fence made from brushwood, Japanese and Australian Style.
Architect-sculptor Savin is the son of self-taught organic architect Jacques Couëlle.
Recommissioning local silos is an eco-friendly housing option.
Salvaged wood paneling inspiration...
Reclaimed wood works well in bathrooms. Either as paneling, backspashes, vanity, flooring or ceiling.
If you do not have enough salvaged wood to build a cabin. Build a salvaged wood shed.
Old wood from barns, farmhouses, factories, even snow fence, is potential siding for a new home.
A rising sea level and hurricane-resistant design choice.
Boathouses have been around almost as long as boats.
Cob Fireplace Inspiration...
New building-integrated photovoltaics or BIPVs blend almost seamlessly with traditional roofing materials.
Currently the majority of wood stoves in use deliver only 40 to 50 percent of the energy potential of the wood. This is highly wasteful. But on a bright note, many of the prototype models entered into the Wood Stove Decathlon squeezed out more than 90 percent of the wood's energy potential and burn much cleaner than older stoves. One of the keys is complete combustion...
Sand, clay and hay. Mix it with your hands, your feet or a Bobcat. Sculpt in place.
There are cob homes in the UK that are a thousand years old. In Jericho, by the Jordan River, a cob building still stands that was built 10,000 years ago.
Earthy and warm, the inside of cob homes exude an incomparable charm.
Cobbing is making a resurgence. Form clay, sand, water and straw into lumps (or cobs) and create an 'anyform' house.
Vertical herb garden inspiration.
Creating furniture from books... Due to the glue that binds books along their spine, most paper recyclers will not take books for recycling unless the cover and glue is removed.
Instead of putting those branches, leaves and grass clippings in bags by the curbside...build a hugel bed.
This sustainable gardening method uses kitchen and garden waste and gray water (or wash water) as food for your vegetables.
A threshold between worlds, (or garden features).
Constructed without mortar or cement. The art of the waller.
Ancient as gardening. Wattling is fun and attractive.
Since Neolithic times we have fenced our sheep and vegetables in this easy to make (albeit time consuming) wooden fence.
The earth-house uses the ground as an insulating blanket that efficiently protects it from temperature extremes, wind, rain and extreme weather events.
Underground homes with a modern bent. A large thermal mass stabilizes inside temperatures, giving you free heat in the winter, free cooling in the summer.
For those in northern, high altitude or windy climates who wish to grow their food year round. Take advantage of the insulating properties of the Earth.
Ingenious ways to stack firewood.
The rocket mass heater works on similar properties as a masonry heater. A fast, high heat and oxygen-fed fire burn up the volatile gases and particulates, leaving very little pollution, and turn almost every ounce of wood fuel into energy.
Masonry heaters can incorporate cook stoves. And cook stoves can act as masonry heaters for small homes.
Bake ovens can be either white (the fire is in another box, usually below the oven) or black (the fire is in the same compartment as the food being cooked).
Heat, not pollution. The cleanest burning wood stoves have been around for centuries, yet have taken a backseat to metal wood stoves and other polluting energy sources for far too long. Time for a revival!
If you live in a cool climate, you might as well investigate adding a masonry heater along side your pizza oven. Or at least understanding them so that you might take advantage of exhaust heat.
Although lots of mass and beautiful, most heat goes straight up the flue. Build a conventional fireplace for beauty alone, build a masonry fireplace for heat.
Somewhere around 30 million steel shipping containers exist today. 8 feet wide by 8.5 feet high, and either 20 or 40 feet long, they have been the globally standardized transportation module since 1956.
Call them bug condos, insect hotels, insect habitats, wildlife stacks, insect boxes, insect houses, insect walls, wild bee walls, insect accommodation, wild bee houses, solitary bee walls or wild bienenhaus. Wildlife habitat is rapidly disappearing. Building beneficial insects a special habitat will help your garden and the bugs.
Examples of pure cob and adobe, and refractory castable cement over bricks.
Recycle some old bricks...into an oven.
Build an outdoor oven with local stone and DIY skills for a few hundred dollars. Or, buy an oven kit and have it veneered for a few thousand.
Willow cuttings called 'withies' easily root in either water or moist soil. Plant in late winter and come July you'll have a privacy screen.
Over two thousand years older than chain link.
Replacing your old windows or windowed doors with more energy efficient ones? Here's a project to repurpose those old windows.
No more plastic! Or vinyl, or PVC! Looks great as a weight loss program as well. First, the perspiration created while moving the stones into place, and certainly one would not become lazy and lounge around for too long on any of these pieces of furniture.
More pebble ideas...
More pebble mosaic inspiration...
Pebble Mosaic Inspiration page one...
Cedar shingles mimic thatch.
Old wooden doors look good just about anywhere.
You'll never look at pallets the same after seeing these inspiring reuse ideas.
What to do with those old shutters...
Those who are feeling extra energetic and who come upon a large number of used sinks, this post is for you.
Uplifting stairs - inspiration...
Rammed earth homes, walls, architecture. A thousands-year-old technique revitalized.
Also known as Craftsman. If a large oak tree falls on your property and you have the tools and know-how, or know a good carpenter...