I’ve been meeting with professionals to consult on a building project. Even though I’m at the very beginning of the process, talking to these narrow-minded folks is frustrating. When I tell them the intended budget – which I assure you is not wildly unrealistic, they look at me like I’m morphing into a giant blueberry. One of the main goals of the project is to use reclaimed, recycled, and locally sourced materials. We don’t want to kill anything to build the structure. Waste is plentiful in this world, so why not literally build something constructive out it? I’d like to gently remind the condescending experts that sustainably can function, and it can do so economically. Every home in this collection of photos is made from majority reclaimed, recycled, or repurposed materials. So it can be done. The challenge is finding the genius with the skills to effectively execute the vision and the creativity to inexpensively source materials. Not all of these dwellings may appeal to your personal taste, but you have to tip your hat to the ingenuity and resourcefulness that went in to constructing them.
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