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With a minimum R value of 38, straw bale is always a great choice for at least one wall in a cold climate greenhouse.
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 

 
 
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.
 
 



 
  • Cob Interiors
     
    Earthy and warm, the inside of cob homes exude an incomparable charm.
  • Cob Homes
     
    Cobbing is making a resurgence. Form clay, sand, water and straw into lumps (or cobs) and create an 'anyform' house.
  • Books As Furniture
     
    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.
  • Earth Sheltered
     
    The earth-house uses the ground as an insulating blanket that efficiently protects it from temperature extremes, wind, rain and extreme weather events.
  • Modern Underground
     
    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.
  • Stacking Firewood
     
    Ingenious ways to stack firewood.
  • Rocket Mass Heaters
     
    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 Wood Cookstoves
     
    Masonry heaters can incorporate cook stoves. And cook stoves can act as masonry heaters for small homes.
  • Masonry Heaters with Ovens
     
    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).
  • Masonry Heaters
     
    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!
  • Indoor Pizza Ovens
     
    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.
  • River Rock Fireplaces
     
    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.
  • Container Homes
     
    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.
  • Outdoor Earth Ovens
     
    Examples of pure cob and adobe, and refractory castable cement over bricks.
  • Outdoor Brick Ovens
     
    Recycle some old bricks...into an oven.
  • Outdoor Masonry Ovens
     
    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.
  • Pebble Mosaics II
     
    More pebble mosaic inspiration...
  • Pebble Mosaics Underfoot
     
    Pebble Mosaic Inspiration page one...
  • Steam Bent Shingles
     
    Cedar shingles mimic thatch.
  • Recycling Old Doors
     
    Old wooden doors look good just about anywhere.
  • Pallet Inspiration
     
    You'll never look at pallets the same after seeing these inspiring reuse ideas.
  • Shutter Reuse
     
    What to do with those old shutters...
  • Kitchen Sink Buildings
     
    Those who are feeling extra energetic and who come upon a large number of used sinks, this post is for you.
  • Salvaged and Painted Stairs
     
    Uplifting stairs - inspiration...
  • Rammed Earth
     
    Rammed earth homes, walls, architecture. A thousands-year-old technique revitalized.
  • Mission Kitchens
     
    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...
  • Whole Tree Architecture
     
    Walk a forest with your building design in mind and select individual trees to harvest for your home. Each tree is chosen both for its structural and design integrity and for the effect that its removal will have on the forest left standing around it. Often the selection will be based as much on thinning an overcrowded stand or managing an invasive species as it will on that tree being the nearest with a 10 inch diameter trunk.
  • Car Parts House
     
    A house made from junked Dodge Caravans...
  • Cordwood Homes
     
    With just a few cords, build a home...
  • Cordwood Sheds and Cabins
     
    Sheds and cabins built from firewood...
  • Bamboo Furniture
     
    Not your typical bamboo furniture...
  • Bamboo Buildings
     
    Bamboo Building Inspiration
  • Old Boats Become
     
    Old boats become furniture and stay forever more on dry land. What to do with that old wooden boat...
  • Hundertwasser Architecture
     
    “If man walks in nature’s midst, then he is nature’s guest and must learn to behave as a well-brought-up guest.” Dreams do come true...
  • Urban & Institutional Green Roofs
     
    Green roofs on offices, public buildings, schools and more...
  • Natural Pools or Swimming Ponds
     
    Popular in Europe for decades...starting to catch on in the rest of the world. The price of a natural swimming pool are comparable to an inground pool, yet maintenance costs are much less. Have you ever thought about how many pounds of chemicals go into a typical swimming pool? Let nature do the work for free.
  • Reuse Kitchen
     
    Reconstructed, reuse, recycled, reclaimed kitchen ideas...
  • Earthbag Construction
     
    Dirt cheap....earthbag building is also known as superadobe, flexible-form rammed earth or sandbag construction. Whatever you call it, it is earthquake resistant, flood resistant, hurricane resistant, fire resistant and termite proof.
  • Floating Homes
     
    Flooding is a natural function of rivers. Sea levels are predicted to rise. There are two types of floating homes, permanently floating homes and homes that float only when flood waters swell, but sit on the ground during the dry season. Requiring the later on new construction within floodplains, and considering same for threatened shorelines, is one way to plan for the future. Although floating homes near the coast need protected waters, wave attenuation through wave walls and dykes (as used in Europe) are a future possibility. Inaction is costly. Some inspiration for those on waterways...
  • Cardboard Inspiration
     
    Cardboard reuse -- turn your cardboard into chairs, tables or bookshelves. With some used cardboard, tape, earth-friendly glue, scissors and a utility knife you could furnish your entire home...
  • Plastic Bottle Schools
     
    Plastic Bottle Schools are being built around the world...
  • Can Construction
     
    Aluminum can walls and homes. Can do aluminum inspiration...
  • Lights !
     
    Plastic Waste Lighting... "Re-use as a design tool (and material) is still extremely under explored, and it holds so much potential – both as a source of raw material and as a beautiful limitation." Heath Nash
  • Cork Chairs
     
    Cork Chair Inspiration...
  • Reuse Chairs
     
    Sustainable Chair Inspiration.... Reuse Chairs
  • Vertical Farms
     
    Vertical Farm Inspiration from practical to futuristic... Will the public pay for these structures and let the farmlands return to the wild?
  • The Green Wall
     
    The Green Wall. Inside and out. Lots and lots of inspiration...
  • Glass Bottle Walls
     
    Glass bottle walls, houses, chairs and more...
  • Plastic Bottle Homes and Greenhouses
     
    There are numerous builders around the world filling up used plastic bottles with mud or sand and creating schools, stores, homes, greenhouses... The possibilities are endless. Lots of pictures to inspire...
  • Bench Inspiration
     
    From hockey sticks to leather cows. A photo list of bench ideas...

 
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