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.
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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.
Herb Walls
Vertical herb garden inspiration.
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.
Instead of putting those branches, leaves and grass clippings in bags by the curbside...build a hugel bed.
Keyhole Gardens
This sustainable gardening method uses kitchen and garden waste and gray water (or wash water) as food for your vegetables.
Moon Gates
A threshold between worlds, (or garden features).
Dry Stone Walls
Constructed without mortar or cement. The art of the waller.
Wattle Edging
Ancient as gardening. Wattling is fun and attractive.
Wattle Fence
Since Neolithic times we have fenced our sheep and vegetables in this easy to make (albeit time consuming) wooden fence.
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.
Pit Greenhouses
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.
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.
Insect Hotels
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.
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.
Living Willow Hedges
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.
Hedge Laying
Over two thousand years older than chain link.
Greenhouses from Old Windows and Doors
Replacing your old windows or windowed doors with more energy efficient ones? Here's a project to repurpose those old windows.
Stone Furniture
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.
Pebble Pathways
More pebble ideas...
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...
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