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House made of Car Parts

When architect Karl Wanaselja built his home in Berkeley, California the junkyard became his urban forest for materials. For months he visited one of three local yards looking for car roofs and Dodge Caravan side windows. The windows became awnings and the roofs became siding for the top floor of his home. Wanaselja designed the home with his partner (in business and life) Cate Leger. They liked the look of the old cars, but they also believe firmly that reusing trumps recycling. They reused more than just cars to build their home. The lower half is sided in poplar bark, a waste product of the North Caroline furniture industry. Exterior wood is salvaged redwood and the fences and windowsills are on their second life. 

Because they wanted to blend into the neighborhood as much as possible, Wanaselja and Leger played with perspective to create a home that looks small on the outside, but feels big on the inside. The home is only 14 feet wide on the ends, and it pitches forward and pinches in at the ends so from the street the home looks small. And it is just 1,140 square feet- more than half the U.S. average- and only 700 square feet on the ground floor. "It's kind of like Dr. Who's TARDIS. He's got this little phone booth, he goes in and then it's a giant space inside."

In this video, Wanaselja and Leger give us a tour of their home, their car part shed and their shipping container architecture studio in the backyard. For more details about the house see:

house made of car parts
Car part shed --

car hood shed
Car part shed inside --

house made of car parts

Over 100 salvaged car roofs cover the upper walls of this house.  The roofs were sawed out of grey cars left for parts in local junk yards.

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house made of cars

The awnings are fabricated from junked Dodge Caravan side windows.  Once advertised as “America’s best selling minivan”, now a common item in junk yards.

house made of car parts

The Complex, Drop City, 1967.
An abandoned hippie commune made of old cars.

recycled car furniture

Ideas for furnishings...
Made from parts of the AC Cobra 427.

recycled car furniture

V-8 cofee table.

recycled car furniture

Car Part Furniture
Nine Stories Furniture
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For an example of car tires as building foundation see:

For auto parts as art see:





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Glenn Kirkland
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Reply #3 on : Sun July 26, 2015, 18:07:01
Building a new auto shop and need ideas or furniture for rest rooms and waiting area
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Also, though not by a large amount, automatic provides worse fuel efficiency. Well, surely not as much as the ones reading the news online. While continuously offer us the finest customer service.
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Nicely done house
Reply #1 on : Fri September 28, 2012, 06:06:49
Nice scrap usage
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