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For those who like unusual (and recycled) building projects [Sep. 3rd, 2009|06:46 pm]
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A man in Huntsville, Texas builds houses (conforming to local building code) from durable but nonstandard materials, as described in this article in the New York Times.    He's also started a recycling facility where other builders can drop off materials (odd ends of lumber, a few extra bricks, etc.) instead of taking them to a landfill.  

I was particularly taken with the ceiling made of recycled samples from a framing shop. 

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From: 6_penny
2009-09-04 12:24 am (UTC)
Wonderful story. It is counter to his philosophy, but I'd like to clone that guy.
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[User Picture]From: fair_witness
2009-09-04 01:12 am (UTC)
That is beautiful stuff.
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[User Picture]From: mayakda
2009-09-04 12:34 pm (UTC)
That is fantastic.
What is this roof made of -- I can't tell? I love it, anyway.
http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2009/09/02/garden/20090903-recycled-slideshow_17.html
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From: 6_penny
2009-09-04 01:28 pm (UTC)
It looks like it is odd lots of different colored asphalt shingles.

At times I have gone into a building supply store and ask if they had any broken bundles of shingles, as I like to keep several on hand for icy roads. I usually can get several at minimal - or no charge. - They are great for wedging under a tire on a slick spot, and at the price I don't mind leaving them behind.
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[User Picture]From: greensilk
2009-09-04 02:51 pm (UTC)
This is an awesome article and I posted it to my facebook account. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: serenadefarm_05
2009-09-04 08:19 pm (UTC)
Love it, love it, love it! The man is an artist.
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[User Picture]From: liz_gregory
2009-09-07 02:21 am (UTC)
awesome! I have been wanting to find a way to use reclaimed wood for my floors when we get around to ripping out the carpet in the bedrooms. Britton's grandfather's house (~1920s)was entirely wood floors and was sold after he died. The new owners originally wanted to tear it down, so I was asking if they could pull out the floors and let us have them, or send them to another part of the family that was building a new house at the time. I don't think I ever heard what actually happened to the property.
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